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Additional contact options

: Operations and Administration
: contact, contact us, website, email, online form
Currently contact information is limited to phone, fax, and physical address. I think email, or a online form for contact would be beneficial.

When I call to have a question answered I need to explain my current situation and then ask my specific question in the confines of that ...
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Annual Leave "Furloughs"

: Operations and Administration
: s&e, savings, s&e savings
Similar to an idea I submitted aout "Voluntary Furloughs," why not let employees "credit back" annual leave to the agency instead of being faced with a poosible day (or more) without pay? The saving should be directly credited to the employees agency to foster generousity for the employees "agency family" ...
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Voluntary Furloughs

: Operations and Administration
: s&e, savings, furloughs, volunteers
Creat a program where senior manangement poksitions, say GS 14 and above, can voluntarily take furlough hours, thereby saving overall agnecy S&E. To be successful, the savings should be tied directly to the employees indvidual agency, so that his or her fellow employees recieve the benfits from their co-workers generousity. ...
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Use or Lose Annual Leave

: Operations and Administration
: leave, retirement
With the shrinking Federal workforce, many more employees are "losing" annual leave as they find it increasing difficult to schedule. As a reward for their hard work, instead of having to forfiet the leave, why not allow them to credit it to their time in service retirement calculation? The government ...
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More jobs in the USDA FDA AND EPA

: Operations and Administration
: stop gmo, usda meat inspection, studies, liable, public health
I believe we should create more jobs within these three groups. We need to keep big companies liable for their actions and decisions and keep our focus on the health and well being for the average consumer. McDonalds is required to state the nutritional value of all their products. We ...
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Report Acrage to your Local FSA OfficeView Linked Idea

: Operations and Administration
: fsa crop reporting
Allow us to report our acres for crop insurance and crop certification to one agency, that be FSAEfficiency, saving $$, lessen fraud, duplication of work, etc, Crop producers should report their crop acreages to FSA only. Then crop acreage should be download to the crop insurance company's. This makes sense!. ...
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LincPass SAVINGS

: Operations and Administration
: savings, lincpass, cost effective
LincPass certificates expires every THREE YEARS - LINCPASS cards expires every FIVE YEARS. BOTH require the employee (especially in the field to go in person) and have them renew both the certificate and then the card - why NOT HAVE them BOTH EXPIRE at ONE TIME. ONE TRIP and have ...
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FSA and providing maps

: Operations and Administration
: maps
FSA has recently been under pressure to reduce operating costs. I asked for a copy of my maps that they produce and was told that they would no longer print the maps for me because of the cost of the ink and paper-- at the most $.25 each. I had ...
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Demonstrating (Green Construction Materials) AwarenessView Linked Idea

: Operations and Administration
: transparency
When vendors present documented green materials to USDA and other agencies the materials shall be incorporated into future construction procurement. In addition, there should be a web site to view all of the new alternative green products that can be incorporated.
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Work Reimbursement

: Operations and Administration
: wae, intermittent, plant schedule, overtime
Field Inspectors often work Saturdays after working a full-40 hour week. FSIS has WAE (Intermittent inspectors) that provide relief to full-time inspection personnel. These WAE inspectors under the current pay rules cannot work on the Satuday Overtime unless they have accrued 40 hours and are eligible to bill the overtime ...
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FDA/FSIS: Collaboration, competition or "cornfed confusion?"

: Operations and Administration
: fda, fsis, senate 510, food safety modernization act, fraud waste and abuse
Beltway power plays are nothing new. But, with all the recent hype over the Food Safety Modernization Act, inquiring minds want to know a few facts. For example, does Senate 510 alter the scope, authority or operation of FSIS?

Better still . . . why is FDA, an agency ...
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Demonstrating Environmental Awareness

: Operations and Administration
: purchasing, environment, electric, reducing costs
As USDA Agencies consider new automobiles for their GOV fleets, the first priority should be to replace vehicles with Alternative Energy models. This may not be practical for ALL vehicles, but for those that are generally used by only 1 or 2 people, or for short distances, use of new ...
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Ideas



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Identifying Additives on Label / Pink Slime
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Do not deregulate genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa
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GMO'S ARE UNLABELED, UNTESTED AND DANGEROUS
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If anyone from the USDA reads this, please explain why you would do this
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All GMO
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NO GMOs
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Almond Irradiation
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STOP Approving poison gmo crops! Stop subsidizing gmo crops!
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Elimination of Puppy Mills
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Severe confinement
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APHIS NEEDS TO NOTIFY THE PUBLIC WHEN THEY GET A COMPLAINT ON ANY BIRD OR ANIMAL BEFORE THEY COME IN AND KILL THEM

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