Department of Defense

Grid Computing Vs. Expensive Supercomputers

Using distributed grid computing various government agencies/organizations can tap into the Gigaflops of computing power available amongst the desktops of gov and DoD employees worldwide. Rather than buy a massive expensive supercomputer, contract a company to build a grid computing client that will run the computationally heavy tasks such as simulations. This is cheaper in the long run. If the tasks are not security... more »

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Department of Defense

Information Assurance workforce

Hundreds of hours are required to become certified as an Information Assurance Security Officer (IASO) in Dept. of Army organizations- and all organizations are required to have at least two IASOs on orders at all times. This includes hundreds, if not thousands, of very small military units and installation offices, managing IA compliance for as few as 5-15 systems and users. Hundreds of man-hours are invested in bringing... more »

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General Services Administration

GSA Fleet Sharing and Accountability Could Save $6Billion and Environment

GSA has about 212,000 vehicles in its fleet divided among 75 federal agencies. Most of these vehicles are assigned to individuals ie. one vehicle one man. Last year alone, GSA spent $287 Million to buy 17, 205 new vehicles to its fleet bringing the new number to about 220, 205 vehicles. Each vehicle than requires insurance, gas, toll expenses, parking fees in some instances, violations etc etc. Lest not forget most of... more »

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Department of Commerce

Reduce Paper Usage, Save $1B+

Having worked with multi-agencies over the last 3 yrs, I came to realize that US Govt uses more paper than anyone else in the nation. We use paper, ink, printers, and faxes which probably amount to quarter billion dollars alone annually, when taken in amount the cost of items, human hours put in to turn the paper in electronic data, (and when not needed anymore), to file, to recycle/shred, and garbage disposal etc it... more »

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Department of Defense

Stop getting overcharged by dell for computers.

Dell gives us crappy computers and charges us hundreds of dollars more per computer. I've got several quotes from them and as soon as they apply the "govt discount", the price goes up. I don't know why we have contracts with them if we can get better equipment at cheaper prices somewhere else.

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Department of Homeland Security

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION SOLUTION: SELF FUNDED DETERRENT PREVENTING THE HIRING OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

I suggest a new type of proactive solution in the form of an enforcement system to deter the hiring of undocumented workers (illegal aliens, deportable/inadmissible aliens) through self funded economic incentives (monetary rewards) generated by fines. It will encourage the public to report violators and discourage employers from hiring undocumented workers. A percentage of the fines levied on employers of undocumented... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION SOLUTION: SELF FUNDED DETERRENT PREVENTING THE HIRING OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

I suggest a new type of proactive solution in the form of an enforcement system to deter the hiring of undocumented workers (illegal aliens, deportable/inadmissible aliens) through self funded economic incentives (monetary rewards) generated by fines. It will encourage the public to report violators and discourage employers from hiring undocumented workers. A percentage of the fines levied on employers of undocumented... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Replace Cash

Printing money is expensive. We could save money with an automated system. I propose we show our patriotism by getting an American flag tattooed onto our hand – or some patriotic Americans can have it on their forehead. The flag will be specially coded with a small bar code under it that is unique for every citizen. A database will keep track of each person’s accounts. To enforce this system, cash will become void... more »

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General Services Administration

Government-wide Reuse and Disposal Initiative

I propose that a Government-wide Reuse and Disposal program be established. This would allow for quantifiable cost savings in procurement and disposal across the entire government. It would also result in a measurable reduced impact on the environment. Too often equipment that is disposed of within one agency is still useful to another. A computer that was used for high speed data analysis 3 years ago is still more than... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Federal Government Information Technology Best Practices Website

I have observed a need for a single, federal government best practices website for federal Information Techonology (IT) projects. The IT best practices website would include best practices related to IT related project management, requirements gathering, risks assessment, IT reference materials, systems testing information, systems training, systems security, and other established IT related best practices. By having... more »

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General Services Administration

Government-wide IT Umbrella Purchase Program

The government should setup a standard way of purchasing computers and electronic data systems. The amount of money wasted by not establishing site licenses for common software, or not purchasing off an agency specific contract is tremendous. Every agency sub-component seems to operate a different way and there is no common theme to the IT equipment used within government. This is also true of warranties. There is no... more »

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Department of Defense

Shut down PCs

Enforce a shutdown policy of all desktop computers that are not active and in use at the end of normal working hours (implement in software, no human interaction required). All modern PCs can be woken up remotely to run updates, etc and shut down again. This will not only save electricity, but make our networks less vulerable to attack.

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Department of the Interior

Power down computers when leaving work

Put systems in place that perform data/file backups of desktop machines during the work day or when the machine is being powered down. Then encourage workers to turn off those machines when they leave for the day. This would be a tremendous cost saving, plus reduce the burden that we place on the power grid. (When I stopped leaving my home machine on 24/7, our electric bill went down $40/month.)

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Department of Homeland Security

Efficient means of tracking populace

Secure chips should be implanted in the entire population of the United States and linked to a national database. This program would be an ever increasing database where all credentials of every person can be checked with the click of a button or by a quick scan of the chip. Federal organization, States, corporations, and any other organizational entity can apply for secure access to the database. The viewable data is... more »

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