Department of Veterans Affairs

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Integrated Management System for Dept of Veterans Affairs

Objectives- a. Reduce rework and "handling" required to report and manage errors and deviations in the performance of VHA services. Conserve and optimize resources required to support management reviews b. Improve inter-program information and informatics sharing by reducing or eliminating silo's and local hotspots of data that are not evenly accessed and distributed across the organization. c. Improve the connectedness ...more »

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Legislative Branch

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Transparency

Information about federal employee salaries, bonuses, travel expenses, purchases, and performance plans should be publicly available in real time on agency web sites, not grudgingly divulged only when it is impossible to avoid complying with FOIA requests demanding such information. This would expose waste and inefficiency and allow it to be eliminated. It would also make it easier to eliminate discrimination and allow ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

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Create a Single USA.gov Website, Consolidating Resources and Information

I suggest you streamline the federal government's hundreds of websites to save costs and better serve the public. That in 2010 our federal government still operates upwards of five hundred independent websites places our nation’s public-sector Internet savvy somewhere in the late 1990s. The cacophony of websites wastes untold amounts of money, since every agency must not only employ new media directors to handle day-to-day ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

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Grievance Process

I suggest that the government employee grievance programs and procedures be changed to always use disinterested investigators and judges. The current practice of handling grievances internally at the lowest possible level requires people with some possible culpability for a problem to incriminate themselves, or their close associates. To them, the grievance is the problem and the solution is to retaliate. One is free ...more »

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Department of Justice

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Web 2.0 style Grant Management

Using the Open Government Directive, grant making agencies should integrate Web 2.0 social networking/social media into every grant program within their departments. Grant and program managers and grantees can be trained in social networking methods and administration to maximize management and grantee participation and collaboration. Grant-related social networks can be created as closed networks - only open to grant ...more »

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Legislative Branch

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Evaluation of Government Expenditures

I suggest the government take a new approach to their spending. In fact, this is the same approach that many Americans have resorted to in the wake of a declining economy; living within our means. The need to evaluate spending of existing and future programs is paramount in understanding what is necessary to the survival of the United States and what is over and above necessity. Every year billions of dollars are spent ...more »

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Department of Education

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An improved Closing Date Notices (CDN) clearance system

Much of the work that the U.S. Department of Education does involves the administration of grant programs. There are many steps involved in running grant programs and one important step for each competition is to publish a Closing Date Notice (CDN). Those notices eventually get published in the Federal Register and serve to officially announce grant competitions. Currently, the publication of CDNs at the Department ...more »

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Department of State

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IRAQ: Create web-based centralization of services in Baghdad

IRAQ: Create an IRAQ-specific web based capability to centralize in BAGHDAD many services required by USG posts in Iraq. As plans move forward to establish and enhance U.S. civilian and diplomatic presence in Iraq, there are many administrative actions for which the processes have been well developed in Baghdad - that can still be provided from Baghdad. Creating an IRAQ-Specific web-based site will: -- allow certain ...more »

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Department of State

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Reduce U.S. Diplomatic / State Dept. Secrecy and Related Investments in Classified Information Technology Systems

The U.S. Department of State spends far too much on maintaining a large-scale classified system. We are and will continue to be constantly short of IT resources. Maintaining a large-scale classified IT infrastructure is wasteful and largely counter-productive for American diplomacy. In this regard, as famous U.S. Foreign Service Officer and Ambassador George Kennan argued: "Diplomacy, after all, is not a conspiracy. ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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Commit to open standards for software

Currently, the U.S. government spends in excess of $1 billion annually to license software -- software that produces documents that are difficult to access after a few years because the new version of the software often doesn't work with the older documents. Since the document formats are proprietary, we have no way to access these documents other than by maintaining the unsupported older software. This has made transparency ...more »

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Department of the Interior

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Fuel for Change

Fuel for Change Use less fuel. We should set an example for the American people. Conserving vehicle fuel reaps immediate and substantial financial benefits, conserves vital energy resources, promotes healthy life styles, decreases carbon emmissions, and helps to protect the environment. Use existing records to provide a pubic accounting of per capita fuel use by agency. The transparency will, in and of itself, result ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

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Adding responsible information to every document (Agency/Branch/Component/Date)

Idea: Add responsible Agency/Branch/Component/Date information to every form, document, manual, publication, or web page. With this ANY staff member can easily identify the agency to contact when changes are needed in. Example (FEMA/VA-NPSC/NCT/07-19-2010) Facts: Thousands of man hours are being wasted every year when publications need to be changed or updated and author is not readily identifiable. Too often, if ...more »

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