National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Stop Fund Reductions

Stop reducing funds for an agency if they don’t use all of the allocated funds for the FY. Projects that are not completely necessary have been started just so the organizations fund will not be reduced next FY. If the threat of fund reduction is gone, procurement will no longer have to spend money just for the sake of spending money.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Raise the Procurement Limit on Credit Card Purchases

The current Agency limit of $3K for credit card purchases creates 1000s of extra hours of government and vendor work with little to no extra value. There needs to be a credit card purchase limit to assure that a market survey has been performed but $3K is too low a limit to then turn on a standard government procurement. Significant delays occur in development in awaiting a slower procurement process for off-the-shelf... more »

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Department of Energy

Centralize procurement - save on software licenses

I work for a contractor for the DOE. Our procurement process is very decentralized. Instead of having our Procurement Department do the data entry in our Oracle procurement system, it is done at the department level. We have about 300 people, with licenses for the Oracle system, doing this data entry. Each license costs about $2,500 per year. That is $750,000 each year. By centralizing the procurement process we can save... more »

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General Services Administration

GSA Advantage Vendor Rating

GSA Advantage needs to have a vendor rating system like Amazon and e-bay use. This would save the government time and money. Very often the description and /or picture in GSA Advantage do not match what you actually get when you order something. A good example of this is printer cartridges. You order what you think is an original printer cartridge and then get a refilled cartridge instead. I am all for recycling... more »

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Department of Defense

Define “best value” to include the costs of both procurement and disposal

Federal agencies buy more than $500 billion in goods and services annually, but there is no direct link to the cost of disposal. This limits the ability to identify and seize lifecycle cost efficiencies. For example, it's cheaper to buy a chipboard desk than a metal desk, but a broken chipboard desk costs taxpayer money to put in a landfill, while a broken metal desk has cash value as a recyclable material. For... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

All Government Forms Should be Electronic- Save Paper

Make all forms that are processed in the government electronic. Now that we have electronic records databases, we should use them to their full capacity. All forms from annual leave to govtrip to print requests to procurement requests should be able to be sent through the electronic process. We have really jumped into the new technology age- there are blogs, tweets, rss feeds and more. Now we need to take a step... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Centralize Civilian agency Contracting and Procurement

I suggest you...Reorganize the (non-DOD) Acquisition Workforce so each federal Department has trained and qualified CO and COTR staff trained and supported by a technical contracting office within the OMB. CO and COTR staff would specialize by contract type, size, and complexity and be deployed to specific working assignments within federal agencies and Departments. Quality Assurance and consistent training would be... more »

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Department of State

Consolidating IT contracts across agencies achieving a whole-of-government approach to cost savings

U.S. Mission Indonesia consolidated nineteen IT contracts from eleven departments in six agencies (DoS, DoD, DoJ, FCS, DHS, and DoA). This whole-of-government approach increased our purchasing power with our local Internet Service Provider (ISP). By presenting a unified approach to contract solicitation, we increased our purchasing potential and achieved a realized cost savings of $300,000 a year and $1.5 Million over... more »

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Department of the Interior

Database App for Product Selection Purchasing

We spend months in meetings and via emails, drafting criteria for IT specifications to go in software purchases (could be hardware too). If someone (NIST? or hold a contest and reward the person who wrote the best app) would write a database application, with tables of all the features users needed/wanted, lists of vendors/products with standardized feature syntax, and vendors would verify (a la SCAP) that their products... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Core IT infrastructure: Standardized and Centralized.

Several agencies, departments and divisions have their own IT department which creates a never-ending spending loop as each agency, independently employees personnel, acquires hardware and software, and pays contractor staff and developers untold amounts of money which often results in substandard and poor-performing IT solutions. My suggestion is to create or establish a centralized ‘think tank’ of IT professionals hand-selected... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Leveraging government resources through partnerships

I suggest that we approach the work of government differently and work more closely with private sector, service organizations, non-governmental organizations and foundations through partnerships. The government needs to rethink the way we procure services and where appropriate build sustainable partnerships to advance our work Much of the business of government can be approached in a spirit of partnership that can... more »

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General Services Administration

Modify the current budget/procurement process

The current budget/procurement process is counter-productive. Stop rewarding mgrs. for spending up to and beyond their current budgets by giving them the same amount (or more) the next FY. This creates needless "spending sprees" at the end of each FY on (often times) totally unnessary items. Reward mgrs. who meet performance goals within their current budgets.

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Legislative Branch

Unclaimed Software Licenses - Paid for but not downloaded

Ask software companies to report government software purchases where the licenses have not been downloaded. They will tell you if you ask. I was horrified to find that agencies buy expensive software licenses and then don't even claim them or download them. I called an office that had bought but not used a license and was able to get it transferred to my office because the government already paid for it. Ask the major... more »

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Standard Setting Body

Common Engineering Processes

The US Government contracts with many different organizations for engineering work. Although engineering processes are essentially the same at all the organizations, dictated by national and international standards and good engineering practice, each organization writes their own processes for implementation. The US Govt should streamline the processes and dictate that each entity use the same set of processes so that... more »

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Department of Energy

Streamline Contract Writing System for all agencies

Streamline the federal Contract Writing System so that all agencies utilize the same system for contracting. This would eliminate the steep learning curve for Contracting Officers going from one agency to another, thus saving training resources as well as time. Additionally, it would allow employees to help other agencies at a moment's notice where help is needed, such as in a disaster situation where Contracting Officers... more »

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