Executive Office of the President

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Use Free or Cheaper Software

Look into free or cheap open source software alternatives to replace proprietary software packages. Often, people have professional level, expensive products like Photoshop when they could get by with a cheaper desktop or web-based alternative.

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Department of Defense

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LINUX vs $$+MICROSOFT+$$

REPLACE: The constantly increasing “EXPENSIVE” Microsoft operating systems and applications with the “FREE” Linux OpenSource operating systems and applications. COST SAVINGS: Government-wide, this could reduce the IT budgets by several billion dollars, which would make monies available to pay for hiring a team of government employees to maintain security and operability of Linux software packages. SECURITY: Linux is ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

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Open source is not free, but it is close

I suggest the government move to open source software whenever an upgrade is scheduled. Employees already have to deal with new menus and features during upgrades, and most mature open source software has a similar look and feel as proprietary offerings. Therefore, the learning curve would not be too steep and there was going to be a learning process anyway when the upgrade happened.

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General Services Administration

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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 Health and Human Services

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Piggybacking or pooling of software purchases for maximized cost savings @ local level

There should be a mechanism for federal agencies to piggyback or pool resources to purchase software and maximize efficiency of scale. For example, if I want to purchase 1 license of a product, the cost is much higher than if I purchased 500 licenses. If I'm aware of other users of this software across the federal services, ideally I should be able to contact that group to piggyback on their purchase and avoid paying ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

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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

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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

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Use OpenSource Software

Office productivity suites, such as MS Office, can easily cost more than $300 per machine (depending on license purchased). And these software are licensed with restrictions that they may not be modified because you don't own software you buy, you are only granted USE it. Already in existance is a fully functional and well-featured office suite called openoffice.org that is not just free but open sourced. Open sourced ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

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Upgrade Productivity Software

Each agency, and even among agencies, should use the same version of Microsoft Office so employees may collaborate more efficiently. This will reduce staff non-productive time in contacting tech support for upgrades to compatability software, or having to find someone in the office with the software.

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Department of Health and Human Services

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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

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Use of a simplified IT strategy to process public comments

We have a large administrative burden dealing with public comments received during the rule writing process. Identification of relevant public comments is often done manually. Utilizing a simple combination of inexpensive document processing (Adobe Acrobat) and indexing and reporting software (dtSearch), each component could decrease the amount of time takes a FTE to indentify pertinent comments by about 70% resulting ...more »

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Department of Defense

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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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