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Use Open Source Software

Use Open Source Software. Replace MS Office with OpenOffice to start with. Replace MS Windows with Linux (Ubuntu for example.) Replace Photoshop with GIMP. There is a free, open-source equivalent to virtually all commercial software products.

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Legislative Branch

Save $20M+ annually - Electronically Print & Deliver Congressional Record

The Congressional Record cost tax payers $28,390,000 each year to print and deliver to Congress. If converted to electronic format, voice and color enhancements could be added simultaneously with electronic dissemination to significantly reduce these costs in the millions of dollars. Additionally, speedier dissemination (via email, RSS Feed, special website, etc.), authentication and preservation would be guaranteed ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Virtualization

I suggest Information Technology(IT) should look more into Virtualization and migrating physical machines to virtual machines. This will save energy on running the server, costs on purchasing additional hardware for maintenance and support we pay to vendors on the physical boxes. A plan could be put in place to determine if a server can be migrated to a virtual machine or not based on the roles it has. A separate plan ...more »

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General Services Administration

Shared IT Workstations

I suggest the utilization of shared (joint use) IT workstations to access software programs that are infrequently used by employees. Often enough, users request software licenses for programs they hardly use, often costing agencies $500 or more a seat not including the time and labor to purchase and install. Agencies should modify IT rules so that joint use workstations can be set up, locations and quantities may vary, ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Combine Requests for Information to our Customers: i.e. Return Census and Tax Forms Together

The same information is often requested from multiple agencies (name, address, dependents, and income). Where possible combine forms across agencies to consolidate the requests we make of our customers. Immediate benefits will include: • Consolidate requests to our customers (in 2010 we submitted our tax and census requests within weeks of each other) • Reduce duplicate envelope cost, a more “green” approach • ...more »

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General Services Administration

Train Locally – Use Existing FEB Training in 28 Locations Across U.S.

Large cost savings could be gained if federal leaders were encouraged to train their employees in the cities they work. Approximately 88% of the Federal Workforce is located outside of Washington D.C. This is better for the environment and will save the federal government in travel and per diem costs. Federal training already exists in 28 large cities through the Federal Executive Boards (www.Feb.Gov). FEB sponsored ...more »

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Department of Justice

Consolidate Email Across DOJ

Agencies should begin to orient all IT spending toward consolidated sysetms which are better secured and better managed, and which provide logical access to data and systems from a variety of end-point computers. Being able only to access data from your desktop is untenable and does not allow for telework, nighttime or emergency access. Having to carry a laptop back and forth is risky and very difficult and costly to ...more »

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Department of Energy

Consolidate DOE HQ IT Computer Servers Into One Data Center

Consolidate DOE HQ (FORS & GTN) IT infrastructure into one energy efficient data center. Currently, DOE HQ operates more than 15 computer rooms in the FORS & GTN buildings. Not sure anyone knows the exact count. Most, if not all, are inadequately designed and operated to be energy efficient. In addition, it is not uncommon to find computer servers installed in general office rooms. Consolidating / relocating the ...more »

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Department of Energy

Common Suite of IT Services (Email, Sharepoint, etc)

Implement a common DOE federal IT service infrastructure. At the DOE, multiple Program Offices have IT spending authority, and as a result, they have implemented their own IT infrastructure. As a result, DOE has multiple email systems, multiple data centers, multiple help desks, multiple storage networks, multiple etc. In addition to the additional costs associated with operating separate IT systems / infrastructures, ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Require Electronic Submissions

At FDA, we still accept paper submissions which require huge paper storage, scanning, and snail-mail acknowledgment systems and a large number of personnel. Electronic submissions are available but the digital signatures that are required to allow one computer to "talk" to another securely are a major deterrent for adoption. My idea is to use web technology SSL (secure socket layer) to allow firms to send submission ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Decentralize Information Technoligy and Computer Security Services

Within CDC, information technology and information security have been centralized in Atlanta. The effect of this is a chronic and marked deterioration of support and service for organizational units having mission requirements for a high level computational support. Computational fluid dynamics, an engineering discipline, and computational chemistry, used to assess toxicity, are examples in the fast-paced developing ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Consolidate basic non-sensitive web hosting functions

I think Federal agencies should consolidate hosting and data storage for non-sensitive websites and some internal systems. Each year Federal agencies spend millions of dollars maintaining systems to accomplish redundant tasks. Most agencies have many of the same types of content such as: --Public Affairs/Press releases/Bios --Grant–making functions --Policy functions --Regulatory guidance/enforcement --Technical Assistance ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Recouping some money through IT equipment sales!!!

Recouping some money through IT equipment sales!!! This is not an idea to save money but an idea for individual agencies to actually recoup some of their costs. Currently, only some agencies within departments send computer equipment (and other no longer needed equipment) to auction. While this practice provides some money, how much of it gets back to the agency office that retired the equipment. I would like to see ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Cut email time burden and email storage costs

Cut email time burden and email storage costs by requiring organization-level inboxes instead of mass-emailings that waste employee time and waste storage. The federal government must pay for every MB of hard disk space and every MB of bandwidth to move those files. There is no need to exponentially increase storage costs and work hours spent dealing with messages that do not need to be distributed to every single inbox ...more »

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Department of Defense

A software closed loop user feedback process.

Make a policy or law requiring a closed loop user feedback process for new, current and future Government Information Systems (software). This would provide Lean Six Sigma quantifiable data for senior leader decision makers. Not what the vendors, contractors think. As software products are developed this will ensure the feedback is collected by a closed loop system to measure the usage, effectiveness and correct issues ...more »

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