Enact government facility standards to reduce such excesses as lavish conference suites and offices. While mahogany wall treatments and etched glass panels provide a beautiful setting and a pleasant environment, spending has far exceeded what we can afford. The standard for most agencies should be a comfortable, energy saving, functional workspace without all of the excesses seen at all levels of government and in all ...more »
Description: I submit the idea of providing a tangible “Reward” from the government to those people whose ideas will or are being utilized by the government through the 2010 President's SAVE Award. An idea suggestion that is found to be of use or will be or is implemented is deserving of a tangible reward (i.e. monetary or an object or otherwise). The current announcement for the 2010 President's SAVE Award is, “… ...more »
The one things that’s inevitable about governmental service to any given populations are bills. Currently I'm serving the diverse community of the BOP. It’s occurred to me that we spend hundreds of thousand on health care primarily using credit cards to track each medical department gross expenditure. We should use a rider that allows you to accumulate frequent flyer miles that goes into a pool for each individual facility ...more »
As a senior career software development contractor of over 30 years, I observe monumental wasted effort in reinventing the same or similar applications across different agencies and departments. Significant savings can be realized by synergistic consolidation of knowlege and technology sharing. My idea is to create a Federal entity to provide a software development infrastructure, and thereby ease the financial burden ...more »
The Southwest border lacks reliable communications for the U.S. citizens living in the vast desert areas near the Mexico border in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Cellular Communications companies are reluctant to build the towers and wireless infrastructure due to the lack of population and high cost factors involved (estimated cost is in the billions $$$), there is no good business case to do so without ...more »
Ditch all Apple computers and electronics in the Federal Government. They are fragile, "Thou Steve Jobs may argue otherwise" poorly designed and it cost extra to support them.
Only one government group should run all the security clearances throughout the government so if you apply to or work for for multiple government groups within a 5 year period with the same clearance level, multiple clearances are not required. This process would significantly reduce man hours and prevent duplication of effort.
Inter-communication between agencies and even intra-communication within agencies can be difficult as points of contact lists are not easily accessible or even kept. When employees need to resolve issues or contact other employees within their own agency or outside their agency, there is a significant amount of time spent to figure out who the point of contact is for that function (Roles & responsibilities lists are also ...more »
I suggest that the government stop using contractors except for the most mundane, repetitive tasks that can be easily defined. Office cleaning, lawn mowing are examples of easily defined repetitive work. Software programming is NOT easily defined and repetitive. I am the TM for a software development task and the contract is written in such a way that I have no way of knowing if the governent is getting their money's ...more »
Implement Online and/or mail-in voting to eliminate voting at polling locations. This will reduce the costs involved in securing voting locations, and will probably result in an increase in voter participation. Mail-in voting fraud can be reduced by voting on forms in triplicate. Results would be tallied in multiple locations and tally totals would then be compared accross these locations.
Have federal agencies should be able to fax directly from there PC's. This would save paper, money, and time.
I suggest developing the DCMA organization as agency that has administration of all government contracting. The extensive variance in contracting oversight from construction, supplies, services and large acquisitions between agencies has had the potential for significant fraud, waste and abuse in the contracting arena. Allowing each agency to have its own oversight of government contracting has provided and environment ...more »