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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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Temp to Hire

Have some of the office work contractors on a temp to hire basis. This would save money since temps are paid more than federal employes

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Office lights

I have noticed when the attorney’s go home for the day they do not turn off the lights in their offices.

Have the lights in people’s offices on a motion detector so that if there is no body in the office the light would automatically turn off. When someone does enter the office the light would automatically turn on. This would save money and energy.

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Use Open Source Software

Use Open Source Software. Replace MS Office with OpenOffice to start with. Replace MS Windows with Linux (Ubuntu for example.) Replace Photoshop with GIMP. There is a free, open-source equivalent to virtually all commercial software products.

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