Department of Transportation

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Reduce the U.S. Ocean Cargo Preference Requirements and Save $140 million

The U.S. cargo preference program and other Maritime subsidies to U.S. merchant vessels cost American taxpayers millions of dollars each year to promote and maintain inefficient and non-competitive shipping practices. The U.S. fleet continues to diminish despite increasing cargo preference requirements for the transportation of vital humanitarian assistance cargoes necessary to achieve global food security objectives ...more »

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Department of Defense

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Refine competition rules for small purchases

Effort required for competitions is wasted on small-scale purchases. Recommend DoD clearly direct Contracts Offices to interpret sole-source rules more liberally, limiting competition for small-scale purchases to distributors of requested item rather than all similar products from all other OEMs, especially for procurement of short life-cycle COTS electronics that are subject to configuration managed system design (e.g. ...more »

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Department of Defense

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Fix contracting process at shipyards.

Fix the contracting process within Shipyards. Today, it costs more to abort the fabrication and installation of a legacy system configuration, than to finish the install of the obsolete configuration then rip it out and install foundations for a new configuration. Requirements creep is certainly undesirable, and cancellation fees have been put into place to pay for 'sunk costs' and prevent frivolous changes. It would ...more »

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Department of Defense

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Use DTS to secure better prices for flights

Modify DTS to eliminate Dulles International Airport (IAD) as the default termination for flights into Washington DC area. Fares for flights into Dulles are typically 3 to 4 times higher than similar flights into Ronald Reagan National (DCA) or Baltimore-Washington International (BWI). Flights into Dulles could be offered by DTS as alternates, but traveler would have to justify additional expense to Approving Official. ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

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Increase the Role of Contractors to Promote Efficiency through Competition

I suggest an increase in the role contractors play in many aspects of the departments functions. While I agree that many of the jobs in the DHS require full-time employees with dedicated positions, a lot of money can be saved by taking advantage of the inherent competition between private, free market contracting firms. This may be a bit of an unpopular idea, but in the case of the U.S. Coast Guard, a VERY costly military ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

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Outsource Federal E-mail services to the commercial sector

Companies such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and others offer Federal Government security compliant E-mail services at a fraction of the cost of comparible Government provided E-mail services. Requiring competition would result in immediate cost savings to the Government. Additionally, it would improve the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Government information sent in E-mail. It would improve the processes ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

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Bill minutes to create more accountable employees!

I suggest that the USG utilize the concept of "billing minutes" that keeps so many law firm employees accountable for every 6 minutes of their days. Every person's minutes should be available for their coworkers to view, thereby creating not only an environment of accountable individuals, but also an air of competition. Introducing a bit of competition will motivate some employees to go above and beyond, even in years ...more »

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Department of Energy

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"Kill-a-Watt" Energy Competition

KILL-A-WATT!! My idea encourages energy conservation and cost savings through an energy competition between the different federal agencies. The concept is called "Kill-a-Watt" and originally was implemented at the University of Central Florida (http://www.energy.gov/news/8821.htm). The scope of the competition would be to engage the agencies in a contest to reduce energy consumption in their building, by means of ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

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Selling Surplus VA Capacity

I suggest that consideration be given to selling surplus service capacity in the VA health care system to private contractors. Because of declining numbers of veterans in older age brackets and shifting population, there are some VA facilities that have surplus capacity. This surplus capacity in clinics and in the expensive diagnostic equipment such as MRI's could be leased to medical practitioners on a triple net basis ...more »

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Department of the Interior

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Allow Gov't Employees to Find the Best Fares

I suggest we do away with what amount to government-supported monopolies and allow agencies and employees to seek out the best price for services. For instance, we could book our own travel, eliminate the middle man, and stretch our budgets further. I can understand the necessity of travel agents, but when you're forced to use them for even the simplest of things, all you're doing is adding unnecessary expense, sometimes ...more »

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Department of State

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Convert Foreign Service Tours to Competitive Permanent Positions

Suggest converting foreign service tours to permanent placements overseas. Continually moving personnel around the globe costs millions of dollars annually and results in local country nationals effectively running our embassy operations. In addition, this movement creates a short timer mentality for our direct-hire U.S. citizens in every post overseas -- wherein the first year and a half of a tour is spent learning ...more »

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