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Technician training

Place more emphasis in training commands both "A" and "C" schools that concentrate on educating technicians. This ultimately decreases the reliance on civilian contractors' technical knowledge and travel abroad to fix ships away from home ports.

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Battle Lanterns outdated

Replace older model battery operated battle lanterns with rechargeable battle lanterns (batteries). The batteries currently used fail often(usually 4 hours after loss of power) and are unique and expensive to replace. Also, replace the light bulb with an LED light.

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Ship urinal removal

Remove urinals that are installed onboard ships. This will save money on daily maintenance (approx 12 Man hours a day on my ship). The salt water mixed with urine creates calcium buildup. This buildup clogs pipes which require continuous maintenance. The CHT tanks are big enough to handle regular commode duties.

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Motion Sensors

Install Motion sensors for lights in spaces like shops, fan rooms and passage ways that are not manned 24 hours a day. This will save money on inport electricity costs.

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Buy efficient on-station use vehicles (mini-trucks, golf carts) vice full size vans and trucks.

I suggest replacing on-station use only vehicles with smaller gasoline or electric vehicles (mini-work trucks, golf cart type vehicles etc). These vehicles are more energy efficient, cost less to purchase and maintain and will allow more personnel access vice having to drive personal vehicles around the command for govt business.

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It’s a Win not a Lost to Eliminate Regional Offices

Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) is comprised of a Headquarter office located in Virginia and five regional offices located throughout the country (Eastern, Central, Mid-Atlantic, Northeastern, and Western). The regional offices primarily provide technical, investigative support, information technology, human resource (HR)/personnel, and EEO assistance to the many field offices. Most of the same services provided ...more »

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Work is an Activity, Not a Location

I suggest greater adaptation in telecommuting. As a frequent traveller, I experience various outages when returning to the home office keeping me from logging back into the network - network port is shut down, SIPRNET access is shut down, desk equipment falls out of some criteria for access. I have to rely on networking tricks to get a resemblance of working in the office - none are authorized yet there is no speed ...more »

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Laser Printer cost

I suggest that Department of Defense and all federal employees of all federal agencies only purchase black and white laser printers, or printers that will only use black and white cartridges, even if the color cartridges are not installed. The government employees would have access to a color printer – their individual office, branch, section, or whatever the name of the operating unit is called, would have one color ...more »

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Travel Per Diem/Lodging

Awhile back when I was active duty AF, they used to have a Flat Rate per diem in addition to an actual cost per diem. What was nice about the Flat Rate was that I could stay in a cheaper place or stay with family or friends - save the Govt money (difference between Per Diem and Flat Rate), save myself money (difference between Flat Rate and my actual costs), and frequently take family/friend to dinner and everyone wins! ...more »

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Grid Computing Vs. Expensive Supercomputers

Using distributed grid computing various government agencies/organizations can tap into the Gigaflops of computing power available amongst the desktops of gov and DoD employees worldwide. Rather than buy a massive expensive supercomputer, contract a company to build a grid computing client that will run the computationally heavy tasks such as simulations. This is cheaper in the long run. If the tasks are not security ...more »

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How to save power and still auto-update Gov PCs

Require all government computers to automatically turn off after 1+ hours of not being used. If Windows Systems Management Server or WSUS needs to push updates out, have the remote server use Wake-On-LAN to fire up the computers for updates and then send the remote shutdown command. This solves the problem having to have the computers on for updates, and saves power when they are not being updated. This would not be ...more »

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Save Money by not printing hard copies of quarterly File Maintenance Products.

This would be a savings for Supply Chain Mangement. Stop printing quarterly file maintenance products at all sites that perform file maintenance for buy and repair of items. All File Maintenance products are available on line with current information. Many products are obsolete as soon as they are printed; nevertheless they must be retained for two years. Last year ~$582K was spent on printing these products. There ...more »

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Unneeded Spending Due to Future Funding Concerns

Program or office heads are spending money that doesn’t need to be spent because they are concerned that they will be given less funding in the next fiscal year if they do not spend all of their current funding. This results in unneeded purchases (such as equipment, even furniture) just so that the remaining funding is spent. A ton of money is wasted on unnecessary purchases. There needs to be a change so that programs/offices ...more »

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