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Make Licensing a Requirement for all Federal Principal Engineers and Architects in any Management level

Issue: Federal government spends billions of dollars every year on federal construction projects both domestically and internationally. Although federal government employs many engineers and architechts to manage these projects but it does not require them to have architectural or engineering education or if they have the education to be licensed in their disciplines. Federal manager involved in the design and construction ...more »

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Laptops

All Government Agencies with laptop users should have a wireless laptop for ease of use with Microsoft 2010 not Microsoft 2003. This would eliminate the fees charged by hotels for those who travel. Hotels have free wifi in the lobby, which increases the chances of an inadvertent disclosure just sitting in the lobby working. For those who work in the field it would increase accuracy, timeliness and efficiency. In addition, ...more »

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Automatic light sensors

Replace light switches with sensors in non-security areas so lights will automatically be turned off when not in use.

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Citizenship Applications

When people apply for citizenship through CIS they sould be able to apply on line.

The fee could be paid by credit card or Pay Pal just as if you were shoping on line.

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Shareware Software

I suggest that the federal government investigate using free shareware software to perform its business as opposed to commercial software we are purchasing. There is a variety of free software that could help the government perform its many operations at less cost.

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Personal Days

Give all Federal employees personal days to take care of business that we cannot do during the normal work week just like most private companies do. Because a lot of times this is done while at work which is taking away from the money they are paid to be working. Some business can only be done during work time and breaks and lunch are not long enough to do it.

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Reduce Discrimination complaints

Utilize existing subject matter experts (Employees with Disabilities, especially Disabled Veterans) to perform accessibility surveys at ALL of our offices and meeting locations to determine if the facilities comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Draft a transition plan to correct deficiencies utilizing maintenance dollars. This will help reduce EEO Complaints and Program Delivery Complaints.

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Stop Systematic Printing!

I suggest we get rid of all systematic paper-based printing requirements. Various agencies, like mine, have many printing requirements that only made sense in a pre-broadband world. For instance, my agency prints fifteen copies of everything released, then prints a compendium. We have a national universal broadband strategy now. Libraries already receive e-rate discounts. Put it all online only! It is costing a ...more »

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Fiscal Year End "Spend It or Lose It" alternative.

In order to incentivize agencies to save money, work with Congress to allow agencies to keep a portion of the amount an agency saves (say, 2% of what they save each year) of their appropriated funds in contracting for a "rainy day account" and to use as incentives to reward efficient workers. The remaining percentacge of the agency's saved funds (98% in this example) could go back to the pay off the national deficit. ...more »

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More Online Training Available for Acqusitions

All required acquisition and program management training needs to be available online. Our people need training but with limited resources they may not be able to attend the training or there is so much work that they may not be able to be out of the office for 5 to 10 days. Anyone that is supporting a procurement activity should be allowed to take the training online. This would also allow the program office staff ...more »

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Non-DOD Acquisition Training

Recommend a civilian version of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). Many of the acquisition and program management courses are built for DOD acquisitions. There are millions of taxpayers funds being used to purchase non-DOD supplies and services. Some of the training needs to be geared toward non-DOD acquisitions and contract management.

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