Executive Office of the President

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Federal Government Information Technology Best Practices Website

I have observed a need for a single, federal government best practices website for federal Information Techonology (IT) projects. The IT best practices website would include best practices related to IT related project management, requirements gathering, risks assessment, IT reference materials, systems testing information, systems training, systems security, and other established IT related best practices. By having ...more »

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Department of Energy

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eliminate computer keyboard cleaners and save millions and the atmsophere

Eliminate the purchase and use of aerosol computer keyboard cleaners- save millions of dollars across the government, eliminate aerosol emmisions to the atmosphere (some of the cleaners are similar to refrigerants) and reduce the need to landfill or recycle the aerosol containers. Provide computer users with small paint brushes (or other brushes made for computer cleaning). that can be used to clean keyboards.

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General Services Administration

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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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Legislative Branch

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Transparency in contracting costs.

Transparency in contracting costs. Require all federal contractors to provide a statement on proportion of profit, administrative, security related overhead costs, and average salary of contracted employees in the RFP submission. OMB publish on website for all contracts. OMB provide benchmarks for each category for comparison and require any contract to be within a reasonable range of the benchmark. Provide incentives ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

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All federal documents and shipping should be mandated to go USPS and it should go for free.

All federal documents and shipping should be mandated to go USPS and it should go for free. No federal agency should be required to pay another federal agency for services and we need to start with USPS, not charging other federal agencies for postage. Shuffling payments back and forth between federal agencies just adds to the cost of doing business. USPS is being subsidized from the federal budget anyway, why continue ...more »

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Department of Defense

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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 Transportation

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Air Traffic Control

There are large expenses in maintaining air traffic control towers - hvac, facilities, engine generators, etc. Also, air traffic controllers are paid high salaries. NATCA would like you to think they are suffering and poor, but the public is not that ignorant. With today's high speed technology and redundancy capabilities, it is possible to simply have a few poles with video cameras placed around the airport, instead ...more »

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Legislative Branch

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Eliminate the individual surge protectors

Use building wide surge protectors for office automation areas rather than individual surge protectors. They are much less expensive (than dozens of individual units) and are more effective at controlling surges. Most surge protectors in use are either worn out or undersized.

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Legislative Branch

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Use Federal Employees/Military Members to augment the Air Marshall force

Since 9/11 the US Government has been expanding the number of Air Marshalls on airline flights. I believe that there are a large number of Federal Employees/Military members that fly as part of meeting there agency/organization mission. A training program to bring the needed skills to these personnel could expand the pool of available Air Marshalls dramatically. Obviously there would need to be a rigorous testing/approval ...more »

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Department of Education

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MANDATORY SCHOOL UNIFORMS FOR ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE U.S.A. (ELEMENTARY, PRIMARY, H.S.)

We all need to get in the habit of playing our part environmentally by reducing, reusing and recycling our waste, and if it has financial benefits then it is an even bigger bonus. If school uniforms were mandatory in every state, parents should be and would be encoraged to reuse and recycle unifroms and school sports kits because is GREEN AND SAVES MONEY! Also, school uniforms are a possitive impact on the learning enviroment. ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

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Operate the Federal Health Insurance system like a contract.

Instead of having so many choices in the Federal Health Insurance program, issue a 5 year contract (Base year and 4 option years). Select the top 5 providers based on price and benefits (including Dental coverage), each year the providers would be rated by the federal employees which have selected that specific provider, any provider receiving an unacceptable rating would not have their option renewed and a new provider ...more »

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Department of Energy

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restructure save award to make it REALLY count

Restructure the save awards to automatically group like ideas into one category. The categories would be broad (i.e.: telecommuting, lighting, IT energy use, etc. ). Voting would be based on categories. There are too many similiar or identical ideas submitted (and voted for or against) and many that have already been implemented by many agencies. This award should be about BIG changes that would have significant benefits ...more »

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