Department of Health and Human Services

Require all future IT projects to use Open Standards

Developing new systems using open standards for IT projects would allow for future interoperability with numerous systems and decrease costs. It also allows future computer purchases to be vendor neutral. For example, it would allow users to not have to use IE6 on their computers for web browsing or buying Windows XP when free versions of software would work in its place.

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Department of the Interior

Database App for Product Selection Purchasing

We spend months in meetings and via emails, drafting criteria for IT specifications to go in software purchases (could be hardware too). If someone (NIST? or hold a contest and reward the person who wrote the best app) would write a database application, with tables of all the features users needed/wanted, lists of vendors/products with standardized feature syntax, and vendors would verify (a la SCAP) that their products ...more »

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Department of Defense

Business Systems Data Deduplication

Data Deduplication would reduce the cost of IT infrastructure by more than half and result in far fewer technical and administrative errors. An example is that two DoD ERP Systems where one system passes 8.2 million transactions to the second system which passes 7.5 million transactions back - each day. This communication adds nothing of value. The result is that the ratio of DoD IT overhead to systems operations ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

MOA blanket with DHS agencies

There should be a blanket MOA covering the agencies in DHS. This would allow information to be shared (keeping PII standards) so that the mission of DHS is not hindered. Tom Ridge's intent was to have information flow from agency to agency for the creation of predictive analytics, so 9-11 would not happen again.

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Department of Defense

Re-useable Accredited Multi-Level Security (MLS) System

Central Federal or DoD agency (e.g., DISA or NGA) sponsor a multi-level security (MLS) system architecture with re-usable SW & systems components and approved accreditation for pulling data from unclassified or classified storage to higher classification levels for secure processing. This would provide one-stop center for supporting agencies with classified processing requirements for achieving cost & technical data ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Increase investment in training VA employees in SharePoint

Increase investment in training VA employees in SharePoint to realize the potential ROI of this collaboration tool. With all of the suggestions related to paperless processes, VA could drastically increase the adoption rate of SharePoint to capitalize on the benefits of this tool already in its posession. The Forrester Consulting report on Total Economic Impact of SharePoint suggests that the investment will certainly ...more »

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Department of Energy

Each organization complete a six sigma lean event

Have each organization complete a six sigma event to streamline their processes to reduce waste. I know the organization I work with has implemented new ideas out of the air and sometimes performs additional work than that is what required. It needs to be determined if this additional work efforts are actually needed and are benificial. A lean six sigma may find numerous ways to streamline processes and reduce waste. ...more »

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Department of Energy

Pick the top 10 ten ideas to implement.

Pick the top 10 ideas to implement. There are alot of good ideas that people have submitted. Some people have been really creative and put alot of thought and effort into writing their ideas down. It would seem only appropriate to pick more than just 1 idea to implement.

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Department of Defense

DO AWAY WITH THE DEFENCE TRAVEL SYSTEM (DTS) AND OPT FOR AMUCH MORE STREAMLINED SYSTEM WHICH GIVES LINKS TO COMERAL TRAVEL SITES

DTS is a complicated and costly system, not only does it not book the travel electronically for you, it go to a travel agency that dose that and charges you a fee. The next problem is it bases all of its air fares on the GSA City Pares program. You can almost always go to commercial sites like Expedia or Orbitz and find lower fares, the GAS City Pairs program is costly and just need to done away with completely, Suggestion ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Simplify New Software Approval Process

The lack of a coherent, streamlined process for getting mission-critical software packages tested and approved within DHS is costing the Department vast amounts of wasted manpower and money. I have been with DHS for 8 months and have been trying to get 10 common commercial-off-the-shelf analytic software packages approved to be put on the network since I came on board. My office is hiring masters/PhD-level analysts as ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Public Facing Web Sites

I suggest you utilize Google Apps for public facing federal websites as this service is free and easier to use than many services such as Commonspot.

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Department of Homeland Security

FEMA IT should not use the CMMI model

With the award of the EADIS contract, FEMA IT has settled on the Capability Maturity Model as the governing model for IT processes. The CMMI model as implemented by FEMA and the EADIS contractor is focused on management of only a few releases per year scheduled far in advance. Typically, planning is done for a release at least 8 months in advance. FEMA’s mission of disaster response and recovery runs counter to this ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION SOLUTION:SELF FUNDED DETERRENT PREVENTING THE HIRING OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

I suggest a new type of proactive solution in the form of an enforcement system to deter the hiring of undocumented workers (illegal aliens, deportable/inadmissible aliens) through self funded economic incentives (monetary rewards) generated by fines. It will encourage the public to report violators and discourage employers from hiring undocumented workers. A percentage of the fines levied on employers of undocumented ...more »

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