Go to Virtual Fax Government wide. You can eliminate the need for a fax machine, which will also save energy costs, cost on paper, ink and time. A virtual fax number would be assigned to all that need one and when they are sent a fax it is converted to a pdf and is delivered to their email in box. To send a fax you type in the fax number and @thevirtual fax companiesname in the To: section of a new email. You can then ...more »
Telecommunications Development Fund
This capability would allow employees to reduce travel funds by holding face-to-face meetings on Skype. A live video will allow a personal connection, without the cost of traveling long distances for relatively short meetings. It is a no-cost option within the United States and would monopolize on technology already available to the masses. Currently, the federal government does not have an agreement with Skype, as it ...more »
Dear Mr. President: In my opinion the key to cost-effective business telephone systems across public sector could be using open source software. I think it is very crucial and critical for the public sector to be cost-conscious and especially in a cost-conscious and competitive marketplace that we see and live in today. In the present day open source software is widely used in private sector and also widely recognized ...more »
Centralize and modernize teleconferencing capabilities across the government. Rather than the current ad hoc government approach that results in inefficiencies and redundancies, have a centralized, online system to request teleconferences. This would not only ensure administrative efficiency, but also promote the use of teleconferencing in lieu of meetings which require travel time and time to set-up facilities.
Stop having companies create surveys and other internet related items. We have plenty of government employees that can do the same thing and save money at the same time since we are not paying a ridiculous amount of money to have someone else to do it for us.
I suggest you plan farther award to award contacts to contracting organizations. By giving them more lead-time, they will have more advance notice and be able to charge less.
The vast majority of complaints about the federal government that I hear (at work and outside of work) fall under one of two categories - "out-dated computer systems that are inefficient" and "the work is contracted out so we have no control over it." Being a new federal employee I was very surprised by the amount of time it takes to complete a task because the information management system is very ineffient, out-dated, ...more »
Ask Me How With all the discussion around being able to communicate better, effectively, and more efficiently with regards to cost. I would propose that government revolutionize its entire communication media (i.e. polycom, conventional digital voice system to commercial videophone technology with conference capability at each office with savings up to 40%. Check out this videoclip:Click the http://mkahalehoe.acnrep.com/v.asp?I=1517456C5F0D& ...more »
Online Faxing should be made possible for every one. This will cut down the paper usage to 50%.
This idea will save on cell phone costs, plan costs, and administrative costs. Instead of regulating federally assigned cell phones that employees carry, give the employees a stipend and allow them the freedom to choose a plan that fits the needs of the government and the employee. The employee will be responsible for the phone and plan payments.
AT THE EMBASSY IN BOGOTA-COLOMBIA WE SAVED MORE THAN 1 MILLION OF U$D PER YEAR IN INTERNATIONAL , NATIONAL AND CELLULAR CALLS BY IMPLEMENTING VONAGE LINES , CELLULAR TRUNKS AND NEGOTIATING WITH THE TELLEPHONE COMPANY GOOD PRICES FOR DHOUSANDS OF LOCAL CALLS.
Following the logic of a government administration, the telecommunication asset is managed by different parties: phone sets is a property item, contracts is a procurement task, bills is financial issue. The general trend worldwide is to centralize the information in one point that has a technical background and analytical behavior to implement “Telecom expense management” solutions. If such function is created in each ...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 »
I suggest that future Agency IT contracts incorporate a language to the effect "Software technologies that are approved for use by this or any other Agency, and have gone through testing by this or another Agency shall be deemed to meet standards as set forth in ...(fill in the appropriate OMB / FISMA) OMB/FISMA (or whatever organization) shall be responsible for a database of approved softwares and their level of approval. ...more »
Do not have a power outage planned unless you have the correct people to deal with 300 computers breaking down needing new harddrives. It took almost a week to have my computer fixed because the right hand did not know what the left hand was doing. Very poor performance and one where the PTO will have lost lots of money, as examiners could not do their job, while the technical support people were huffing offended as ...more »