National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Smarter Software Licensing

Negotiate smarter software licensing terms for the most common software tools.

Most federal employees spends some time requesting or fulfilling funding requests to upgrade or maintain a core of 5 to 20 software programs due to "full cost"-like accounting systems. Standard communication, calendaring, and document/image processing software are per-employee overhead costs. These should be dealt with by line-management at higher levels and should be included in organizational overhead costs. Organizations with specific needs (eg CAD software) should be given the necessary overhead dollars to supply their employees with the necessary tools to do their job, rather than involving individual employees in a yearly software fee roundup from any project they may have worked on.

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Idea No. 15736