Create regional contracting support centers to manage subcontracting requirements on large acquisition projects. Today, large companies charge 10-15% of contract cost in overhead to provide support. This will also enable small companies and subcontractors to receive direct payments and more timely payments. It should enable more small companies to compete for small contracts in large acquisitions programs and the government... more »
General Services Administration
The government should setup a standard way of purchasing computers and electronic data systems. The amount of money wasted by not establishing site licenses for common software, or not purchasing off an agency specific contract is tremendous. Every agency sub-component seems to operate a different way and there is no common theme to the IT equipment used within government. This is also true of warranties. There is no... more »
Reduce telecommunications cost by eliminating land lines for all employees who have Blackberry or other telecommunications devices. This could also help facilitate a more seemless implementation of telework in that employees would have only one phone number, not one number for the office and a separate one for telework days.
No longer purchase pens, pencils, and paper clips. Give each federal employee a small stipend per month or per year to cover the cost for the purchase of these items. It will increase personal ownership and responsible use of those items, therefore decreasing loss due to personal use or theft.
Retrofit existing vacant retail space for federal facilities. This would reduce urban blight as well as prop up struggling retail strip and larger malls. The workforce infused in the space would help build up the retail area and help build the local business economy.
If "price assurance" is good enough and simple enough for "orbitz.com" to administer, then it should work for us: Government Air Fares and Lodging Rates are typically negotiated. This effort is costly, unnecessary, and doesn't guarantee the lowest rate. The Government is willing to pay a fair and reasonable rate. As such, rates should be established based on the lowest historical seasonal rates and then those rates... more »
I have seen a pilot of this great idea, but should be implemented Government-wide. When an individual goes TDY, he or she is allocated per diem for a hotel. If a person stays at a cheaper hotel, the traveler logs the money that is saved. After a certain amount of money is saved, half of this money is paid out to the individual as an award (with taxes taken out of it). This encourages those who travel for the Federal... more »
With the current system, employees are paid the full per diem amount regardless of whether they use all of it. Employees can make money while traveling if they eat fast food as opposed to nicer restaurants. The government could save money if they only reimbursed employees for what was used. Or, an incentive program could be instituted where employees got a percentage of what they saved the taxpayer.
Install Fiberoptic office lighting. Fiberoptic collectors could be installed to save power and provide full spectrum lighting to both the office and desks.
Potential gov't buyers should be allowed to purchase travel under the lowest airline bid, (DTS) and not just what GSA has provided. Some airlines offer lower priced airfare.
Virtual Clinical Visits via Web Cams. This will reach more Veterans in rural areas. Spend a few dollars on a simple computer with webcam. Doctors can have one or two visits on the Virtual Web. This could work well for routine vists and minor complication medications refills. Less frustration for parking, veterans want have to pay someone to bring them, decrees wait time in clinic, and cut down on overbooking's. Have a... more »
Reduce local travel costs by creating financial incentives to use public transit in lieu of taxis and rental cars. Possible incentives could include: 1) Permit travelers who choose public transit over more expensive transit to keep 1/3 of the savings. For example, if a traveler spends $4.50 to get to/from O'Hare airport to downtown Chicago using public transit, in lieu of spending $80 on taxis for the same trip,... more »
A section should be added to the “for federal employees” webpage on www.usa.gov providing instructions on how to request federal publications that are offered to federal employees for free. For example, federal employees can request a complimentary PDF of any National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, or Institute of Medicine publications (see www.nationalacademies.org).... more »
I would like to suggest that for all essential services for federal staff (e.g., HR, IT, travel), federal agencies offer toll-free phone numbers for use by staff that are teleworking, traveling, or working outside the DC area. (The HR support for my office does not offer a toll-free number.) Phone companies may offer toll-free numbers at a deep discount. Additionally, when these numbers were first introduced they were... more »
I would like to suggest that federal agencies establish plans to ensure that resources in their cafeterias are being used efficiently. Plans could include recycling newspapers, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles. While this idea may not reduce costs in a quantifiable way, these plans would help lessen the impact these cafeterias have on the environment. For example, foam cups can be replaced with plastic cups made from... more »