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By Alyah Khan

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How can the government improve? Tell it.

The Obama administration is asking federal employees for suggestions on how to make the government more efficient and effective.

The request for ideas is part of the administration’s new government reorganization initiative, which President Barack Obama announced during his State of the Union address earlier this year and formally established in a March 11 memo.

The Office of Management and Budget officials who are leading the reorganization are focusing their efforts initially on the 12 agencies involved in trade and exports.

They are asking feds to submit proposals related to improving trade, and government programs more generally, via the online tool IdeaScale.

“Submit your ideas by April 15 and let us know what you think about the scope and effectiveness of government programs, areas of overlap and duplication, unmet needs and possible cost savings,” administration officials wrote on the IdeaScale website.

The interactive site allows feds to submit ideas, vote and comment on their favorite suggestions. As of this morning, 1,509 ideas had been posted and 12,000 votes cast.

The proposals with the most votes so far included expanding telework and reducing office space, creating a system that allows employees to provide feedback on their supervisors' performance, and reducing the number of contract positions at federal agencies.

Posted by Alyah Khan on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:20 PM


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