Department of Defense

Consolidating Travel Actions Under DTS

I suggest you consolidate all travel authorizations, orders and vouchers under DTS and shut down eFinance. Currently, some organizations refuse to issue travel orders through DTS when cross-org funding is required which causes the need for non-DTS travel vouchers. This is redundant and wasteful. We invested in DTS, now it's time to use it to recoup the investment and standardize travel procedures DoD-wide.

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Department of Energy

Commercial Engineering/Scientific Software License Consolidation

I suggest that commercial engineering/scientific software licenses be consolidated. It is common to purchase commercial software licenses using government or customer funding, even though the software is already available in-house or at other government organizations. The idea is to reduce costs and improve workforce productivity associated with the acquisition, maintenance, use, availability, and support of common ...more »

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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 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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Office of Personnel Management

Centralize, Rethink Training of Federal Employees; Create Consolidated, Cutting-Edge Public Servant Training Institute

Centralize all mandatory training for the United States government at a state-of-the-art “government science” institute in D.C., with several satellites across the country, that not only covers agency-specific training, but also endeavors to instill government employees, including leaders from all corners, with cutting-edge tools for and methods of doing their jobs, whatever they may be, and finding fresh solutions to ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Centralize, Rethink Training of Federal Employees; Create Consolidated, Ctting-Edge Public Servant Training Institute

Centralize all mandatory training for the United States government at a state-of-the-art “government science” institute in D.C., with several satellites across the country, that not only covers agency-specific training, but also endeavors to instill government employees, including leaders from all corners, with cutting-edge tools for and methods of doing their jobs, whatever they may be, and finding fresh solutions to ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Create a Single USA.gov Website, Consolidating Resources and Information

I suggest you streamline the federal government's hundreds of websites to save costs and better serve the public. That in 2010 our federal government still operates upwards of five hundred independent websites places our nation’s public-sector Internet savvy somewhere in the late 1990s. The cacophony of websites wastes untold amounts of money, since every agency must not only employ new media directors to handle day-to-day ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Consolidate DHS Aviation Facilities

Consolidate DHS aviation facilities where economically feasible. Both USCG and CBP maintain air stations/bases across the country. In several places, USCG and CBP have stations/bases located at the same airfield (Sacramento, Detroit, Borrinquen), but to date, they do not have any joint bases. (There are also several other geographic areas where USCG and CBP do not share airfields, but are located at separate airfields ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Customer Service - One Stop Shops

Create a series of customer service centers with toll free numbers and websites focused around specific functions, with representation from relevant agencies. Immigration is a perfect example. USCIS and ICE are the two main components of DHS where this can be applied. The State Department also has involvement with the immigration process and should have representation as well. (A website such as immigration.gov could ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Streamline Govt and Contractor Work Forces

I posted this under "Legislative Branch" but I really intend it for all branches: Do more to combine the HR, management, and integration of Federal workers and contractors. Evaluate the need for contractors in the various situations and determine whether or not those functions couldn't be better served by regular govt employees. Don't get me wrong, I'm a contractor myself and I'm not really wishing myself out of a ...more »

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Department of Labor

Consolidate the vendor tables between purchasing, and finance.

I suggest that we clean up the Vendor tables in our accounting system, and our purchasing systems, so that they match up accurately. If they don't match, then an agency should not be able to use the vendor. New vendors, should be entered into their appropriate system, and that should automatically update into the other system.

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Legislative Branch

One-Stop-Shop for Federal Planning Programs

Consolidate resources with a “ONE STOP SHOP” that processes, reviews, and issues decisions for federally required plans and grants to our States, Tribes, and Locals for federal programs that support key sustainable community development programs and also risk reduction (HUD, DOT, EPA, DHS/FEMA, NOAA, USDA, DOI, USACE). This supports more effective customer service, more efficient reviews, and most importantly integration ...more »

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