National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Smarter Software Licensing

Negotiate smarter software licensing terms for the most common software tools. Most federal employees spends some time requesting or fulfilling funding requests to upgrade or maintain a core of 5 to 20 software programs due to "full cost"-like accounting systems. Standard communication, calendaring, and document/image processing software are per-employee overhead costs. These should be dealt with by line-management at ...more »

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Open Source Software

Use open source software on government computers rather than proprietary software. This would allow lower licensing and support costs, as well as giving the government the ability to easily tailor software to their specific needs.

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Use free open-source MS Office software equivalent

Use the free Microsoft Office equivalent software instead of buying multiple licenses. This free open-source software has been in use amongst savvy business leaders for sufficient time to become a true MS Office replacement option. Reference = http://www.openoffice.org/) OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Meeting Cost-Benefit Gadget/Tool

I suggest you develop a (Google-like) gadget in which meeting administrators can enter the number of participants and an estimated average salary burn rate. Like a timer, the gadget tool would display the number of tax dollars being spent. Although simplistic in form, meeting chairpersons could use this information to improve meeting efficiency with quick and visible cost/benefit assessments. The ability to determine ...more »

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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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Open Systems Approach to Peducing Software Complexity

Proposal: Change the way the government develops software so make it more efficient, more stable, less complex, and less costly. Use Coherent Object System Architecture (COSA) to develop true state machines for software. Statement of Reasoning: Software has become a dominate cost to the government and to industry. Reducing the complexity of software can significantly reduce the cost to produce software. COSA has ...more »

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EEOC electronic document management

Have the EEOC use a document management system similar to the one used by the MSPB in order to save postage, facilitate file sharing and submissions, and eliminate the need to photocopy and mail voluminous documents to parties.

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Department of State

Establish an interagency community of practice for effective enterprise software design

Create a community of practice for the modification of enterprise software (HR, Budget, Logistics, Procurement, etc) to be maximally productive to the end user while still meeting the requirements of OMB and Congress. This would include not only functionality of the software - single point of data entry, fewest clicks required to complete a transation - but also the production of reports or cuff records that are useful ...more »

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Encryption standardization

I suggest a centralized federal information site for encryption issues. I also suggest standardized encryption protocols for federal computers and files. The current FTA system is very fragmented and when implemented lacked sufficient training concerning the encryption/decryption methodology. Since many government files must be encrypted, the process should be standardized throughout the federal workforce.

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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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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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