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Combine Sick Leave and Vacation

Combine sick leave and vacation leave into one pool. Add them together and then take a percentage (say 85%) and give that to employees and just call it leave. So many waste time and money because they have sick leave to burn. If leave existed and was all like vacation, we wouldn't have the administrative headaches and the use of "sick time" when it wasn't really needed. This would be easy to do and save thousands... more »

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Cut the power for 24 hours to all Federal facilities.

Total black out one day a year. No electricity/power for 24 hours. Wow!! What an impact this would make on the environment the world and our ability to come together for a just cause. To save our future, conserve energy, and get back to life in the simplist of times for just 24 hours.

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Blackout Initiative: All U.S. Government Department Buildings Power-down For One (1) Hour Daily

Blackout Initiative: Every form of U.S. Government Agency / Department building will be mandated to turn off lights, air-conditioners, heating, for one (1) hour. It will work in a layered fashion - east coast to west coast. Every day, at 12:00 noon, in each respective time zone, every form of government facility will power down all major electric-consuming component for one (1) hour. Perhaps coordinated through GSA... more »

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G-bots

Hire robots to replace all government employees, that way no one would complain, they would work for free. But then we would need robots to fix the government employee robots because nothing works in the government.

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Rewarding Managers For Budget Savings

My proposal for the SAVE Award is to create an incentive that rewards managers (federal or contractor) for finding ways to save the annual budget funds within their organization, while still providing the same or even better levels of service. To many managers, this type of incentive will provide the avenue to actively evaluate their organization’s efficiency. Once the managers start implementing more efficient ways... more »

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Federal Student Purchase Card Accounts

Help agencies expand student co-op programs and current Federal employee educational development through issuance of purchase cards tied to student-worker bank charge accounts. This would reduce paperwork, permit consolidation of various grants and loans in one account, reduce government payment for courses unsuccessfully completed, and provide a single accounting record for student grants, loans, and other reimbursements.... more »

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Increase Diversity

I suggest increase diversity in Federal workforce. Imagine, a workplace where everyone is the same. All of the workers are of the same ethnicity, gender, educational background, and socioeconomic standing. With a team of full of people essentially cut from the same cloth, where do the new ideas come from? How will agencies ever be able to see things from a different point of view? Without diversity in the workplace,... more »

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Eliminate Government Credit Cards

Stop issuing government credit cards. Allow personnel to use their own credit cards and submit for reimbursement. This provides for more oversight and reduces the risk of fraud, waste and abuse. Personnel could then collect points, rewards, sky miles, etc. Receipt submission can be performed electronically at a central location.

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Government Grid

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (FPI) relies heavily on Federal Prison Industries to provide inmates with vocational training and reduce idleness. FPI has been losing money and is under critical scrutiny as mandatory source for government purchase. In keeping with the President's initiatives for renewable energy, I am proposing FPI be issued authority to own and operate an inter-governmental grid for all of government.... more »

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HOMES OF THE FUTURE

HOMES OF THE FUTURE
(Ball-shaped Floating Homes)

Think of earth....it moves but the living things remain stable. A perfect home for vegetarians & those who can also eat fish as the only type of meat.

The outside of such home will be similar to the soccer ball and serves as not only a protecting fence, but also rotates in the water when in movement. The seams will be made of recycled tire rubber. Such seams will... more »

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Eliminating Personal Applicances in Offices

I suggest you make it government wide to eliminate all of the personal coffee pots, toasters, microwaves, and refrigerators in personal offices. There should be a common area for these things (were applicable) and the impact would be cost savings for the government. The situation is out of control and there should be some sort of permit system if there is a need for an individual to have these items in their office.

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SMART GRID

Let the private sector produce and supply power to the federal smart grid. Letting the private sector compete for selling power will drive down the costly power bills. The monopoly on a utility company that owns the grid, the power plant, and the coal mine is fostering corruption, waste, and costly power bills. Build a smart grid that is operated by the government and let the private sector do the rest.

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