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By Phil Piemonte

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OK, now let's hear it from the man himself

In a post here last week, we pointed you to a website created by President Barack Obama’s Government Reform for Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative.

On that website, you can offer your ideas on ways to: (a) increase trade, exports and overall competitiveness or (b) make other parts of the government more effective and efficient. You can also cast votes in support of ideas you approve of.

Although the site took off pretty quickly — it already had about 1,200 ideas by the time of that March 22 post — in the intervening week, the total number of suggestions has only risen to a paltry 3,200 or so.

We are a bit surprised because, judging from the comments posted on this blog, ideas are one thing that federal employee are not short on.

This week, the president apparently noticed that Gov Career Network was not ginning up enough response and so came up with his own video to invite you each to participate.

So listen to the president’s message. Then visit the site, if only to vote for one of the most popular ideas offered by feds so far: a four-day work week.

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Mar 30, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Reader comments

Thu, Apr 14, 2011 Women of LaMancha

There is so much waste and abuse (not to mention the possibility of fraud) in the federal government. I work in a relatively small office at one of the independent agencies, and have seen many office, division directors and branch chiefs abuse the system to the hilt! Abuse ranged from hiring friends and cronies, promoting them to the highest GS grade they can get away which they often do (because HR staff serve managers at all levels). In addition, same managers and supervisors lavish their work place friends and cronies with awards in hundreds of thousands of dollars, bronze and gold medals, etc., for any and everything good, bad or mediocre. A case in point, a staffer produced the most embarrassing document to the Agency which made some newspapers headlines, yet she was promoted and rewarded handsomely at every opportunity by her line of command. This is just a minute example of how abusive and wasteful are some federal managers and likewise some employees who emulate their line of command. Speaking as a federal employee and taxpayer and citizen of this great country, I find this status quo deplorable; and regrettably, there no commander-in-chief or political appointee has yet muster the fortitude to clean house bottom-up and top-down. It is just getting worse with every passing administration!! Sadly

Tue, Apr 5, 2011 elizabeth Puerto Rico

Put a freeze on hiring new employees for the next three years. Of course only directors, supervisor are exempt. Give the federal employees with a grade GS7's and thirty (30) years a chance to prepare for retirement. We have been doing the job helping the people in excellent manner why make us retire now with the economy having its problem. Let us do our job without the presure of a younger employee coming into the agency to drive us out.

Mon, Apr 4, 2011 Frank Mathis Washington, D.C.

Simplify the tax system. Establish a "Flat Rate" tax system. Permit no deductions, no exceptions. No deductions for business losses, home interest, number of dependents, contributions, etc. All American companies pay the "flat rate" on all profits regardless where generated.

Sat, Apr 2, 2011

Cut off foreign aid subsidies to those countries that are not 3rd world. Monitor spending of the foreign aid $$ we donate so that the money isn't taken by leaders of said countries, or used to build their armies that are against us. Stop large farm subsidies in the U.S. Stop covering Peace Corp by workers' compensation-give them fed HBs during their time of service only. Allot some of the spending we send overseas and use it to stop our own citizens from being homeless, help them learn a trade so they can become self supporting.

Fri, Apr 1, 2011 Jack Frostbite Falls, MN

I would dearly LOVE to offer some suggestions. I really would. Unfortunately, there are people all around me in my agency who would essentially crucify me for doing so. I'm guessing the culture of fear in some agencies is preventing people from responding. The other thing is, people need to be careful what they suggest. The best intentions eventually come back to bite. Things move in BIG circles. As a fed I've had some horrible experiences giving good ideas to bad people. Best keep my mouth shut these days.

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