National Commission on Libraries and Information Science

Save $, Eliminate Data Stores And Rebuild Our Information Stores or Libraries

Save $, Eliminate Data Stores And Rebuild Our Information Stores or Libraries The average person cannot distinguish between data and information. Raw data has no value. It is sort of like if you took all of the books out of the library and just put them in a pile or if you just put all of the books in a library but in no logical sequence, pattern or without any methodology. Without the organized library, card catalogs,... more »

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Department of Defense

Skills Database

Create and implement a Skills Database (Searchable) in which employees place their resumes - to include training, as well as objective and goals. Managers throughout the Intelligence Community may have a need for a detail - maybe just a few weeks or six months - and be able to search the database for a candidate. Some people might like to detail to get cross-training experience while others would like the experience... more »

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Department of Commerce

Work Smarter. Reduce Redundant Programs between Agencies

Work Smarter. Reduce Redundant Programs between Agencies that are duplicating efforts. Reward Collaboration by applying a percentage of the cost savings back to sharing some inter-agency funding and centralizing resources. For example, why does a small agency have to spend as much time, effort & funding on organizing a Safety Program as the larger agencies? All the rules & laws apply to everyone. Why can't there be one... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Wiki platform for number-crunchers in government

Federal government workers are often not permitted to use web tools that are hosted on non-government web sites, so for example it is administratively hard (though not technically hard) to create a collaborative wikpedia-like glossary of terms used within and across government agencies for the benefits of their new employees. Proposal: create a computer platform for economists, statisticians, and other white collar workers... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Read, think, dream, reinvent yourself.

If your job is a left-brained job that can be automated, prepare for it to become outsourced to Asia and India where the pay is lower for the same work. The gov't has a huge deficit and our needs are changing. We need new ideas, creativity and empathy. We need resourcefulness. We need great customer service. We have already set up the software programs to do much of the accounting and other work (thank you left-brainers!)... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Hire private industry professionals, who are resourceful and treat their job like it was their own business.

Hire people who have worked in private industry, who have a varied resume, who have owned and managed their own business successfully. They have learned to be resourceful, and most likely are mature (older than 30) and don't take promotions for granted. If they have a passion for what they do they will bring that passion and experience to the table and inspire their coworkers. Just showing up to work on time and sticking... more »

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Legislative Branch

Require and Invest in Web Collaboration Technologies

Require federal agencies to invest in on-line webinar or other similar technologies accessible by all employees to host meetings, workshops and conferences. This would help improve communicaitons and collaboration for employess, partners and stakeholders across the nation and reduce unnecessary travel related expense and carbon emissions.

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Department of Transportation

Coordination of inhouse software innovations

A lesser known government resource is employees that are able to develop innovative software to streamline office processes. This talent exists and is used, but often only at a local level. The resulting innovations could be used by multiple offices or organizations, but often are unknown beyond the inventor's office. This limits their use, results in duplication of efforts, and hinders cooperation. The inventors are... more »

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Department of Energy

Save Billions Through Domestic Production of Green Fuel - an Energy and Defense Collaboration

Proposition: By driving the development of domestic sources of biofuels at a mass scale, the Government can: -Save the country billions of dollars -Help drive down our trade deficit -Reduce carbon emissions, and -Keep our military men and women safe We propose that DOE and DOD work together to purchase biorefinery capabilities across the country. Let us tell you how this could work... Current State: We import 63%... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Open Development Marketplace | Collaborative Platform for Cross-Government Web & Application Development

New tools & a new emphasis on collaboration demand a shift away from the traditional paradigm of web & application development to a more open & innovative model. By creating an open marketplace, government agencies can collaborate on code development - everything from code snippets to fully-developed applications. All agencies will benefit from this repository of shared knowledge enabling anyone to use, modify and/or... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Government-wide Wiki for Interagency Info Sharing & Idea Exchange

A fully indexed and searchable wiki (or document management system) that would allow designated personnel within each agency/component/office to share (and update) information and ideas. Range of uses may depend on each participant's function, but the wiki format is flexible enough to accommodate descriptions of available services, processes and procedures, FAQ, current project descriptions, best practices, potential... more »

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Department of State

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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Department of Homeland Security

Consolidate Operations Centers

Each area within DHS seems to run its own security operations center, with seemingly no cross-agency coordination. In some cases, this unnecessarily complicates communications between different agencies. By fostering agencies and component collaboration as well as consolidating operations centers, DHS could take advantage of economies of scale to reduce the number of real estate contracts to manage and reduce space costs,... more »

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