Department of Defense

Cut contracting costs and review DoD management model for effeciency

I suggest Drastically cut contracting costs by using service members for the jobs in which they were trained. Why pay millions of dollars to a contractor when there are already personnel on the federal payroll in the Armed Forces that are trained to do the same thing the contractor does? For example, generator mechanics down range are relegated to escorts for the contracted generator mechanics and cooks are handing ...more »

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Stop paying fee for proposal prep costs

Issue an executive order to immediately stop paying fee for proposal preparation costs on all new contracts and contract change orders. This will not only save millions of dollars a year, but it will also create a natural incentive for contractors to accelerate the proprosal and negotiation processes. Right now, we are paying fee for proposal preparation costs so the contractors don't have as much incentive to accelerate ...more »

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Contracting Consolidation

Redefine contracting. Currently, contracting is allocating to fulfill a job for a long term requirement. I work in the Information Technology field, and I believe that the only contracting that should be done is for short term development. As it stands right now, our job is extended indefinitely because we support the work flow rather than any special project. It is supposed to be that a contractor can be removed and ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Create One Centralized Contracting Office within DOI

Despite guidance of the FAR individulal contracting offices seem to interpret that guidance drastically differently... from agency to agency, CO to CO. While the FAR has not changed significantly in the recent past, it seems that the ability to get projects through the contracting process has become more and more cumbersome... almost to the point where, for some offices, its no longer "risk management", its only 100% ...more »

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General Services Administration

Provide contracting management support service to reduce costs

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 »

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Performance based bldg maint contracts

Dear Sir or Ma’am: I would like to suggest that GSA use standard commercial items for the performance of maintenance of their buildings. A performance based specification based on the standard spec used by the industry would be much less expensive than the intensively prescriptive 120 page specification that the GSA uses now- http://pbsportal.pbs.gsa.gov:7777/pls/portal/docs/page/PV/Documents/PVA/Docs_pt/Building_Operations_and_maintenance_services_specification_071008_w100908.pdf ...more »

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Performance based bldg maint contracts

Dear Sir or Ma’am: I would like to suggest that GSA use standard commercial items for the performance of maintenance of their buildings. A performance based specification based on the standard spec used by the industry would be much less expensive than the intensively prescriptive 120 page specification that the GSA uses now- http://pbsportal.pbs.gsa.gov:7777/pls/portal/docs/page/PV/Documents/PVA/Docs_pt/Building_Operations_and_maintenance_services_specification_071008_w100908.pdf ...more »

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Paperless Full Cycle Contracting

Paperless Full Cycle Contracting. Paperless or Minimal Paper use to create Request for Proposals. Burn them on to CDs for the files (which might reduce 1,000 pages printed if it is a base contract) and allow contractors to submit CDs with their proposals and provide hard copy cover pages with signatures (this reduces a 100 pages document down to one printed sheet). Whatever crucial information a Contracting person wants ...more »

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Duplication

I suggest you make it illegal for agencies to have their own procedures duplicating or changing the Federal Acquisition Regulations. The reason the FAR was created was to make it easier to contract with the Government. Over the years, the agencies have proliferated rules supplementing the FAR making it exceptionally confusing and difficult to contract with different agencies. It is difficult for Contract Specialists ...more »

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Efficency: Save Time & Money on Contracting Officers training.

Save time and money on Training: Make experience and training for Contracting Officers (COs) and Contracting Officer's Technical Representatives (COTRs) transferrable. > Establish policy that training, certifications will transfer with employees when they tranfer to different agencies. This can be done by establishing ONE federal standard for training and requiring all federal agencies to abide by that standard. When ...more »

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Rescue contracting from bureaucracy.

The contracting system at EPA is chock full of bureaucratic problems that lead to immense waste of staff time. The glitchiness thoroughly permeates the system. I never see fraud or abuse, but the waste of time is huge and is mostly hidden, well under the radar screen. Apply root cause analysis with an eye to making big changes.

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Environmental Protection Agency

Have an on-line contracts “Dear Abby” column.

Have an on-line contracts “Dear Abby” column. Answer real questions from readers, with thoughtful answers that give the legal or management reasoning, including the original intent of legislation.

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