Department of Defense

Create a program (i.e. website and policy) for inter-agency sharing of training spaces

Training space in DoD is an expensive commodity. At some point, almost every office needs training space in DoD for a variety of reasons. Some mandatory training, such as Anti-Terrorism or Information Assurance, can be taught in any multipurpose room. However, occasionally training requirements will pop-up that require the use of multiple computer workstations and/or a secured environment. These kinds of rooms are expensive ...more »

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Department of State

Being brief and briefing

Brief why - So many words for a simple thing! Not wise. Briefing why - Good to catch up with short briefings from colleagues and supervisors! So here it is, my submission before the extended last day July 29th: Brevity in words not in work Improve work and relations Smile and have patience Gratitude for little things Seize the moment aspire to greatness More partners and friends galore Google and profile ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Improving the Way Federal Employees Travel for Official Business - a Transportation Network!

I have an idea that could improve the way federal employees travel for official business. Many of us have regular travel needs, and due to budget constraints, we are limited to driving to our destination. The GSA fleet cars that are available to us are limited. Wouldn't it be great if people across the federal regional offices could carpool to our destinations? I envision a shared calendar or some other type of database ...more »

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Department of Defense

Security Clearance Duplication

Tons of money is spent on security clearances. Each agency does not accept the others and redo the entire process. Then it is put into one of many different databases, each of which has to be maintained and staffed. Each agency should be forced to accept another investigation and use only one database to store all clearances.

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Department of Commerce

Work Smarter. Reduce Redundant Programs between Agencies

Work Smarter. Reduce Redundant Programs between Agencies that are duplicating efforts. Reward Collaboration by applying a percentage of the cost savings back to sharing some inter-agency funding and centralizing resources. For example, why does a small agency have to spend as much time, effort & funding on organizing a Safety Program as the larger agencies? All the rules & laws apply to everyone. Why can't there be one ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Wiki platform for number-crunchers in government

Federal government workers are often not permitted to use web tools that are hosted on non-government web sites, so for example it is administratively hard (though not technically hard) to create a collaborative wikpedia-like glossary of terms used within and across government agencies for the benefits of their new employees. Proposal: create a computer platform for economists, statisticians, and other white collar workers ...more »

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Department of Labor

Shared source code platform across government

Offer a web site with source code control systems that are up and running, and encourage the agency heads to allow the staff at statistical and scientific agencies to use those systems (e.g. subversion and git). Then software developed by government developers which they are WILLING to share, and can get AUTHORIZATION to share, can in fact be shared and hopefully blossom into cross-agency teamwork and huge savings ...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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Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency

In Spirit of Franklin, Create Public Service “Library" (Online) for Sharing Personnel, Resources

In 1731, our most ingenious, and frugal, Founding Father – Benjamin Franklin – had a stroke of genius: a circulation library. Since everyone loves a good book, yet since few can afford one, why, he wondered, not share books? And why not establish a central repository where they could reside? We can, I think, apply that same philosophy to the modern needs of our federal government – just as he might, but with a few twists ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Budget surplus sharing

Total loss of end-of-the-year budget surpluses motivates offices to avoid surpluses altogether, in many cases by spending funds on poorly planned or unneeded items at the end of the fiscal year. This wasteful spending could be eliminated through a system in which budget surpluses are shared between the requesting office and the government. Offices with surpluses would be rewarded by being allowed to retain and carry ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Data sharing between government entities

Develop a system that would alllow different government agencies (including local and state levels) to share non-sensitive non-classified research data generated by the agencies or third parties. Bases: Sharing the data is often obstructed by mid-managers who play safe with no reasonable justifications, just "to keep it in-house", "to prevent wrong interpretations" etc. The new system would require them to share their ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Travel Gain Sharing

Federal employees/contractors travel all the time, both domestically and internationally. Depending on where a U.S. Government employee travels, he or she is entitled to a certain amount of lodging expense. In order to save money, I suggest if an employee stays at a cheaper hotel than she is entitled to, she is paid 50% of the savings upon filing her travel voucher. For example, if she is entitled by regulation to ...more »

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