Department of Defense

Information Assurance workforce

Hundreds of hours are required to become certified as an Information Assurance Security Officer (IASO) in Dept. of Army organizations- and all organizations are required to have at least two IASOs on orders at all times. This includes hundreds, if not thousands, of very small military units and installation offices, managing IA compliance for as few as 5-15 systems and users. Hundreds of man-hours are invested in bringing ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Green Day Initiative

I suggest we have a "Green" day where we turn off any lighting or power sources not needed for the day such as, overhead lighting, unused printers, or anything that absorbs power. We could also do Team "Green" day where we go out and plant a tree, at the local park or location of choice. Additionally we can create information booths for anyone to ask questions about what we do, or how we are working as an agency to conserve ...more »

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Department of Defense

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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Use Briefing Note instead of PowerPoint to Convey Information

The DoD in particular has a habit of creating PowerPoint presentations in order to brief colleagues or leaders. This creates an enormous amount of waste in both materiel and labor. Massive amounts of paper and ink are wasted just in meetings where copies of presentations are passed around, when basic information contained in a 20-slide presentation can often be succinctly presented in a 2-page briefing note, without ...more »

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Save billions and dramatically improve security posture throughout federal cyberspace

Ineffectual Certification and Accreditation (C&A) driven processes within the government result in $billions wasted annually. A small portion of the funds expended for this report creating process could instead be applied toward establishing automated risk management capabilities with folks that truly understand information assurance and significantly enhance government security posture while simultaneously reducing ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Create Disability Cessation Appeal Pending Listings

I suggest that SSA create electronic listings available to employees and management to monitor disability medical cessation cases that are pending -- such data is not currently available. If this suggestion were implemented, SSA could avoid the unnecessary accumulation of potentially incorrect "continuing" payments being made to individuals appealing their initial benefit cessation decision. The savings of incorrect ...more »

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Federal Software Development Center proposed

As a senior career software development contractor of over 30 years, I observe monumental wasted effort in reinventing the same or similar applications across different agencies and departments. Significant savings can be realized by synergistic consolidation of knowlege and technology sharing. My idea is to create a Federal entity to provide a software development infrastructure, and thereby ease the financial burden ...more »

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Department of Defense

Open Communication

I suggest that we allow government agencies to share certain information. Just like hospitals will have online records that will enable them to share information, the government should be able to do the same. If the Social Security Administration has a fraud case, it would make sense that other departments would know to be on the lookout. If someone passes away and the VA sees a death certificate, it would make sense ...more »

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Open Communication

I suggest that we allow government agencies to share certain information. Just like hospitals will have online records that will enable them to share information, the government should be able to do the same. If the Social Security Administration has a fraud case, it would make sense that other departments would know to be on the lookout. If someone passes away and the VA sees a death certificate, it would make sense ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Department-wide Cataloging & Price Negotiation for Subscription Services

I suggest a catalog of information and data subscriptions (e.g., newspaper subscriptions, subscription-based research and analysis services, etc.) used by agencies be compiled, to be used to eliminate overlap and to negotiate discounted group pricing for subscription-based assets. Rather than having individual offices negotiate subscriptions to newspapers and data sources, the government could potentially save hundreds ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Federal Law Enforcement Case Management System

VIrtually every law enforcement agency utilizes its own case management system. The U.S. Government should form a working group consisiting of representatives of all federal law enforcement agencies and come up with a way to have one single Federal case management system that can be "walled off" as needed between agencies and go out into the market place and use combined might of all federal agencies purchasing power ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Notices, Admendments and Handbooks

I suggest you...place all program information in one place. I believe it would be cost effective to have all program information in one place. At this time we receive information for our programs through web training, emails, Federal Notices, State Notices, Amendments and Handbooks that are stored in different locations. When we are looking for an answer to program questions we search all the different media to find the ...more »

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