Department of Defense

Time to bring "Joint" to the rest of DoD activities.

For some time now, the military has "fought the Joint fight" with great success through the Combatant commands, but the back home processes retain much inefficiency due to service specific stovepipes. I'd propose that the individual services can have better focus on each of their "Organize, Train, and Equip" functions by spinning off two parts of their activities to functional organizations akin to TRANSCOM - although ...more »

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Department of Defense

Acquisition - Propose commonsense revisions to Federal Acquisition Regulation

Create an executive working group to review the FAR and propose commonsense revisions for legislation in order to streamline the acquisition process. Instead of a layering of requirements established by different bills and trade agreements, you could create more streamlined/flexible rules that still meets the intent of previous legislation. Cost savings can be found in several ways: (1) contracts become easier to award/administer, ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Eliminate Redundant Resource Requirements - Save 20% on Administrative Overhead

Currently, there are multiple functional roles that duplicate unnecessarily within DHS. Congress should provide the Secretary with the authority to reorganize support organizations to align in a more function efficient structure. Centralizing support organizations such as construction management, facilities management, fleet management, human resources, acquisition management, IT services and other roles that require ...more »

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Department of Defense

Define “best value” to include the costs of both procurement and disposal

Federal agencies buy more than $500 billion in goods and services annually, but there is no direct link to the cost of disposal. This limits the ability to identify and seize lifecycle cost efficiencies. For example, it's cheaper to buy a chipboard desk than a metal desk, but a broken chipboard desk costs taxpayer money to put in a landfill, while a broken metal desk has cash value as a recyclable material. For ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Property Acquisition

By all legal means necessary, the government shall purchase all successful companies instead of failing companies. Government owned Apple and Microsoft would allow the taxpayers enjoy the blessings of successful businesses.

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Department of Homeland Security

Cut Post Award Contract Audits and Fix Problems Before Contract Award

I recommend that less time and resources be spent on reviewing awarded contracts and more resources be dedicated to finding the problems during the acqusition process (acquistion planning & development as well as procurement) so poor contracts are not awarded. Finding problems after the fact does not save anything. Finding problems early in the process saves time and resources.

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Executive Office of the President

Save 100s of billions or trillions of weapons program dollars by fixing FAR and DFARS data rights defects

To properly defend and realize the benefits of trillions of dollars invested in weapon system development, I recommend correcting the Federal Acquisition Regulation System (FARS) deviations from public contract and military procurement data rights statutes. Those FARS deviations make defense and realization of the investment benefits nearly impossible. The FARS definitions of "computer software" and "computer software ...more »

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Department of Energy

Deploy Vehicle Idle Elimination and/or Reduction Technologies ($300M - $375M in Savings)

Deploy no idle/limited idle time vehicle technologies. Many law enforcement agencies and departments across the country require vehicles to sit at idle for significant periods of time (4-8 hours) during the course of a work day. This idle time is necessary due to hostile environmental conditions (extreme heat or cold) or other operational requirements. Currently, anti idle technologies exist that allow interior enforcement ...more »

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National Archives and Records Administration

Make Designs and Specifications Public

Agencies declare their intentions to introduce or revise programs in the Federal Register. Yet they do not have to publish drawings and specifications for construction or fabrication of real and personal property. This often causes problems because agencies rarely involve the public unless required by local authorities, putting off feedback from a concerned public only after execution, when the construction or fabrication ...more »

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Department of Defense

Term Limits for Key DoD Civilian Leadership Positions

Establish term limits for senior civilian leaders in critical positions. A few years ago at a PEO/SYSCOM conference at Ft Belvoir, a USMC General as part of a panel made this point when asked how to reform Defense Acquisitions. There are some career bureaucrats with stale ideas that are locked into a critical leadership position within OSD or the military branches. Some have been in the same position for 10 years and ...more »

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Department of Defense

Efficiency in Acquisitions - Contracting

Over the past several years, the Department of Defense in particular has outsourced a great deal of their work-force/life support, etc. to contractors. As such, the demand for Government Contracting Officers is very high. One of the primary contract writing systems utilized by contracting officers is PD2, a software package created and updated by CACI. Government Contracting Officers use this software to write solicitations ...more »

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