Department of Defense

"One for One Swap"

Serviceable uniforms and footwear (boots) are a must. We supply military personnel with an annual clothing allowance that is designed to help offset the cost of worn uniform items. What if we retired that train of thought and developed a process of a “one for one” swap for any uniform item that a military member is paid a clothing allowance for? For example: “the military member has a worn our uniform top or boots…they ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

UNIFORM AND RE-BRANDING WASTE

I have been with DHS ICE Academy since February 16, 2009. During that time we have changed uniforms twice and are in the process of re-branding and changing them once again. With each re-branding, there is a logo change (costing approximately $1MM each) and a shirt re-order. There should be a 5-10 year prohibition/moratorium on re-branding and uniform change. I believe that would save millions of dollars just in ...more »

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Air Reserve Technician (ART) uniform wear

I suggest that the requirement for Air Force Air Reserve Technicians to wear their military uniform while in civilian status be removed from the Air Force regulations. This requirement is costing the government millions of dollars per year; by the Air Force's own admission the cost is around 2 million dollars per year. A pretty substantial cost to us taxpayers for federal civilians to wear the military uniform based ...more »

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Utility Uniforms

I suggest that the DoD reign in the services regarding utility uniforms. The services were all required to adopt a standard utility uniform with the BDU. The Marines started this non-sense with the MARPAT MCCUU. And now we have the ACU, ABU and NWU. It is a huge waste of resources with little to no benefits. The DoD should adopt a single utility uniform and prevent the individual services from ever again adopting ...more »

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Flight Suits

I suggest the Air Force quit allowing flight suits to be worn by members not actually performing flying duties. The Government spends thousands of dollars per member buying nomex flight suits worn by rated officers who have not been in a cockpit or on a flight deck in years. Even for those officers currently on flying status, there is no justification to allow the wear of taxpayer provided flight suits on days they ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Uniform Allowances Should Remain with Employee at EOY

Currently any funds remaining in a DOI employee's uniform allowance at the end of the fiscal year are paid to the uniform company. These funds should remain in the employee's uniform account as long as s/he is employed. On termination, any remaining balance should revert to the agency (NOT the company).

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Decorative Military Uniform Hats Unnecessary

Being a retired member of the military, I know that the continued use of hats (not protective helmets) with standard daily-use military uniforms is only a tradition - and serves no needed protection or service to the wearers. I believe it stems from 50 years ago when it was a standard part of a man’s business attire. I can only imagine the amount of money spent to give several of these decorative hats to each of our ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Uniform/Equipment Allowance

If employees were not restricted to only one apparel vendor to spend their uniform allowance, but were instead allowed to purchase with that money both better quality clothing and, more importantly, gear/equipment that could be used on the job from other sellers, I believe employees would perform more efficiently using that higher quality clothing and gear, and would also take better care of it since they selected it ...more »

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Squeeze a quarter out of a penny

Let’s start by requiring all employees with a uniform allowance to bring in their uniforms once a year for inspection. The supervisor will have your order history on hand of all the uniforms you ordered throughout your career. The supervisor will then determine which uniforms are in good shape or which ones need to be replaced. The supervisor will then determine how much money is allotted to your uniform account so that ...more »

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Use of a DOD Utility Uniform as Coast Guard Operational Dress Uniform (ODU) Manufacturing Template

Make the Coast Guard ODU uniform from a DOD template, in a different color. This will save on the cost of R&D as well as remove the steep learning curve and mistakes associated with uniform creation. The CG has replaced the utility uniform twice in the last 6 years, this does not take into account the numerous beta versions fielded during R&D. With the limited financial resources of the CG (10.8 billion vs DOD's 663 ...more »

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