Department of Defense

Federal Cloud Computing Environment

Create a federal gov cloud computing infrastructure similar to Salesforce or Google Apps. This will significantly reduce stove pipe applications. As new applications are built, reuse software in an open source environment. Over a few years, as the library gets built, this will save hundreds of million of dollars in software and hardware and energy cost.

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Department of Homeland Security

Single interface for government computer systems and databases

Create a single interface for all government computer systems. Currently, in my job as an immigration officer, I am required to access as many as twenty different systems, each of them with a unique username and password and wildly different interfaces, from mainframes to web-based php systems. A talented developer could create a single interface for accessing all of these systems and simplify the types of codes and reports... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Eliminate Paper, then Learn to Use Technology, then Employees will Work More Efficiently, then the Workforce will Embrace Telewo

If all Agencies eliminate paper, the cost savings in supplies, cabinets, printers, maintenance, and waste will be enormous. With paper eliminated, Agencies would be forced to use technology (ie, Cloud Computing, Social Networking) to accomplish tasks. Technology exists to completely replace a paper system. Once employees improve their comfort level with a paperless system and begin to work more efficiently....guess... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Federal Clouds, Virtualization, Centralization, Oh My!

Federal Clouds, Virtualization, Centralization, Oh My! I'm far from Kansas however, when looking at duplication of services, I believe the government can invest realistically into having cloud computing solutions, virtualization and centralization of many if not all IT functions. Due to the military having security issues, there could essentially be two types of these clouds and concepts. One solution should be implemented... more »

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General Services Administration

Automation of Information Technology

Amend the budget process overseeing Information Technology (I.T.) support to give automation software costs a higher weighted value when considering I.T. staffing costs in the absence of automation software. Historically, I.T. staffing costs grows exponentially to software costs. However, acquisition and nominal maintenance costs for Automation Software are not fairly compared when status quo I.T. staffing support... more »

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Legislative Branch

Move Office Suite to the Cloud or at least away from expensive proprietary licensing.

Stop spending $300+ per computer to purchase Microsoft Office (Price quoted through our official IT buying service at our agency for a brand new license with a brand new computer is currently $321). Move to Google Docs or some other open source (OpenOffice?) office package. I know we would have to address security concerns with cloud computing (Google Docs) but it seems Vivek Kundra did this in DC so it can be done.... more »

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Department of State

Use SharePoint To Eliminate Waste

Most government data collection procedures could be digitized in SharePoint using InfoPath forms, eliminating paper waste and de-duplicating routine tasks that cost the tax payers hundreds of millions of dollars a year. By mandating the use of standard applications that all USG agencies currently pay for in the Microsoft Office suite, we also could avoid the costly custom data management solutions that consume significant... more »

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Legislative Branch

Can we save money by avoiding "Cloud Computing?"

If we analyze the big push for "Cloud Computing" strictly for cost savings both short and long term. 1. More Thin Client use requires more bandwidth per Govt. Center. Are CPU's more bandwidth and energy efficient than Thin Clients? 2. what will be the cost agency wide of replacing all our CPU's with cloud devices or Thin Clients? 3. Will the billing of software use by time/unit really be cheaper than software currently... more »

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US Agency for International Development

Office Square Footage Reduction in Federal Government

To promote cost efficiencies in working with the federal government, it is wise to create a model of efficient land use and city planning related to the massive square footage federal agencies require for large buildings. While cloud computing, server consolidation and off-site storage of servers, is a method for arriving at less square footage requirements for office space, the federal government does not use efficient... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Consolidate basic non-sensitive web hosting functions

I think Federal agencies should consolidate hosting and data storage for non-sensitive websites and some internal systems. Each year Federal agencies spend millions of dollars maintaining systems to accomplish redundant tasks. Most agencies have many of the same types of content such as: --Public Affairs/Press releases/Bios --Grant–making functions --Policy functions --Regulatory guidance/enforcement --Technical Assistance... more »

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Department of the Interior

Use Google Apps to do cloud computing

Join the Cloud Computing crowd and save on proprietary software such as Lotus Notes and Microsoft Office suites. Google Apps joined forces with Government to create apps.gov, utilize it! Start enforcing it to each department and agency. Further reading: http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2009/09/google-apps-and-government.html

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