Showing 23 ideas for tag "government wide"

Department of the Interior

No Penalty For Saving

Every year it seems that all agencies spend 100% of their annual budget. Managers feel that, if they don't spend it all, the following year's budget will be reduced. We need to reward managers that operate under budget and assure them that their next years budget will not be reduced. They may even get more than budgeted based on how much they saved in the previous years. That will stop offices, agencies and organizations... more »

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Department of the Interior

Employee Incentive Program to Decrease Travel Expenses

I suggest you create an incentive program for traveling government employees to lodge at cheaper hotels in order to decrease travel expenses. I envision the incentive program being based on the amount that the lodging expense is under the maximum lodging rate. For example, The maximum lodging per diem rate in Pittsburgh is $119. At this time, a federal employee could stay at a Red Roof Inn for $62.99 per night. If the... more »

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Department of the Interior

Let's become responsible energy consumers!

I see a lot of energy savings ideas floating around, but I believe the best way to work a problem is accountability. We should install energy meters that independently transmit real-time energy consumption data to a self-monitoring database. The database can calculate the energy usage per person in the office and automatically issue awards to offices that use the least amount of energy in their personnel population... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Train Frequent Flying Feds as Air Marshals

Train qualified volunteer civil service employees from other agencies/components who already travel frequently. Many flights already carry civilian federal government employees cleared at or above the level required for Air Marshalls. Many of those frequent traveling feds are capable and willing of serving as a public safety officer on flights that they are already traveling.

I recommend a process that would allow... more »

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Department of the Interior

Combine Efforts and Resources

I suggest that various government agencies, including state agencies, combine data, manpower, equipment and other resources when doing studies or enhancing anything in our common interests. Just some examples would be studies on salmon, wildlife sanctuaries or delta enhancement studies. Seems like Interior, US Fish & Wildlife and state fish and game will all do separate studies on the same project. Then there will be... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Eliminate Vending Machines

Eliminate vending machines. They draw electricity, take up room, increase heat inside a subsequently cooled office space, and usually sell unhealthy products when federal employees could walk further and buy locally.

 

Replace with full kitchenettes and/or preferential policy for on site vendors (periodically re-competed, say every 2 years) who offer local healthy produce.

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Office of Personnel Management

Lead by Example for Voluntary LWOP

During instances when a federal office implements voluntary LWOP to meet pay commitments, strongly suggest (in policy) that management lead by example with at least 1 day per month for the duration of the voluntary LWOP campaign. This demonstration of good faith preserves morale, and should close the budget gap more quickly.

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Department of Defense

Can the Guard Help Out?

I am a member of the National Guard and have heard a lot of complaints about members not being able to complete their mission essential tasks in regards to training and actual on the job training with their specific job descriptions, example: construction equipment operators not being able to get enough stick time on equipment, carpenters not being able to build structures etc, in general the armories and training sites... more »

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Legislative Branch

KEEP THE MONEY HOME

Stop sending Aid to 3rd world countries and outsourcing, keep the money at home why help a person 15,000 miles away when we have people in need right next door that need the same help, we have starving people, homeless people, kids dropping out of school, crappy health systems, if all the aid sent out to other countries were pooled into this one we would be able to eliminate homelessness, starvation and maybe get everybody... more »

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Legislative Branch

Establish a Cost Cutting "Savings" Czar

To effectively reduce costs across government, why not create one special Cost Cutting Officer (Presidential Appointment) to oversee each agency (Legislative, Executive, and Judicial). This individual could be located within the White House or OMB, or GAO and be specifically tasked to spending oversight and compliance. The current set-up has the foxes guarding the chicken coop, so many employee suggestions continue... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Carry over money across at least 1 fiscal year; aka, instead of the annual summer money waste, save it for next year

The fiscal year cycles have become inherently wasteful, and as a result very frustrating. The annual scenario: we start the fiscal year in October on a CR, too worried about unknown budgets to buy even essentials until after Christmas (which, of course, greatly affects productivity); local departmental budgets aren't known until at least January if not March, and when budgets are at last finalized, frantic calculating... more »

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Postal Service

Use USPS NOT FedEx for Government Savings and Security

At USDA/NASS we use FedEx all the time for packages and envelopes, especially for 'priority' deliveries. It’s no secret that the USPS is suffering. Instead of 'outsourcing' shipping AND bailing out the USPS why not keep all mail originating from federal offices in the federal system and use the USPS? The USPS offers the exact same services as FedEX and since it is in the federal system, in theory, our federally protected... more »

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