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 »
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 »
Establish a database that lists DOD current capabilities. It's very common for DOD organizations to repurchase the same services or programs because there is no clear visibility on capabilities that already exist. Too many people believe they have a idea that has not been thought of or purchased by another government worker. Additionally, the capability they may want to purchase is probably a “empty house” waiting to ...more »
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
Standardize to platform-independent software tools. Supporting one set of tools that can run on Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix, etc., would be easier than trying to support multiple products from multiple vendors.