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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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Reader comments

Fri, Mar 25, 2011

The "website" within this article is a joke. I attempted to register three times, without success. Reason: Not a valid email address. Guess they really don't want suggestions from the bones of the Government. Too bad!

Thu, Mar 24, 2011 Vern San Diego

This one's easy. Go back to the Constitution. AND DO NOTHING MORE!!!! We need a reversal of mindset in Washington D.C. Right now they seem to think like Marines. Unless something in the constitution explicitly tells them they CAN'T do it, they're going to try. Instead, they should think like the Air Force. Unless the constitution explicitly tells them TO do something, they shouldn't even attempt it. (BTW, I'm retired AF and was told this by a Marine.) They need to back out of commerce entirely. I'd even say repeal the Commerce Clause. Then go back to the gold standard to get rid of the Fed so they can't counterfeit our money anymore. And finally, pass the FAIR TAX and get rid of the IRS. The FAIR TAX taxes CONSUMPTION rather than income. It rewards PRODUCTIVITY, not inactivity. It rewards saving and investment instead of uncontrolled spending. And its even progressive so the Libs would love it. (Think about it, the rich would spend more and therefore pay more taxes.) Basically, put the government "back in the box" the founding fathers intended it to be in. We find ourselves today right back in the same conditions they fought to get away from.

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