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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Department of Defense

END WASTEFUL SPENDING ON TELECOM AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) - No more rice bowling - please!

SEEK ACCOUNTABILITY OF TECHNOLOGICAL INVENTORY VIA ONE UNIFIED PROCESS AND SYSTEM: In this day and age, the volume of spending on Telecommunications and Information Technology (IT) has gone up exponentially. It is an executive manager's nightmare. It impacts all areas of the Armed Forces and Federal Government. By implementing one standardized process and one method of tracking by which all agencies must order and... more »

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Legislative Branch

C.A.R.T. - internal flea online market for surplus supplies, equipment, furniture

I suggest you...require all federal orgs to add the C.A.R.T. (Capital Asset Reutilization Tool – the “C” means something else for us locally, but “Capital” would be a good substitute for mass application) to their organizations and intranets, with a requirement for all personnel to review C.A.R.T. prior to placing a purchase request. My org developed and has already installed this system. I am suggesting a wider use... more »

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Department of the Interior

License Plates

I don't know if this saves money, but it would certainly be more efficient. Currently, we order license plates when a vehicle comes in and the vehicle/equipment sits until the license plate comes in (sometimes 8+ weeks). So we have assets that can't be used for a couple of months. As a Fleet Manager it seems to me we should operate like local DMV's and order our license plates in bulk and in advance. When a new vehicle... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Purchasing Agents to Research/Trial/Evaluate products prior to purchase

Having a "purchasing agent" at each facility that iis able to research products and secure the "best deal" with consideration of quality, prior to purchasing items would greatly reduce wasteful spending. At agencies across the nation, products are selected for purchase by area managers that have little or no expertise related to purchasing equipment/supplies. As a result, millions are wasted annually. The equipment/supplies... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

End the End of Fiscal Year Wasteful Spending

End the "end of year" wasteful spending. Every September, federal agencies scramble to use up every last cent that they have been allocated and haven't yet spent. The budgets are set up in a manner that actually promotes waste because if the funds are not spent, the budget will be reduced in the following year. This results in extremely wasteful, last-minute purchases, without proper preparation, trial of products,... more »

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Department of the Interior

2.5 milliion saved in 3yrs time (Fleet Management and Useful life cycle replacement)

This is a win, win for everyone and the savings can be realized within two weeks to two months time. I am the Regional Logistics Manager in the Southeast Region of the Fish and Wildlife Service and one of my responsibilities is to mange the acquisitions for the Region. The Southeast's Fleet at the time I accepted the position was over 850 pieces since then I've reduced the fleet by 300 pieces of equipment The equipment... more »

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Department of Defense

TERMINATE OFFICE MACHINE LEASES

CANCEL DEFENSE AUTOMATED PRINTING SERVICE (DAPS) COPIER AND PRINTER LEASED MAINTENANCE AGREEMENTS: I suggest cancellation of maintenance agreements for common office equipment such as printers, copiers, etc., (allowing, for rare mission essential functions such as safety and customer volume with appropriate high level agency authority). A review at one federal location determined it would be cheaper for personnel to... more »

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Department of State

Get a significant + Impact & Improvement in business/processes by empowering employees with a formal KMN* on Process Analysis

I suggest you... the creation of an collective force (*KMN: Knowlege Management Network) with all employees, to deal with improvements of processes designed by adding value while transforming inputs into useful outputs (material, labor, energy, and capital equipment) in the public operations. At present, the knowledge of the process analysis discipline has been reserved for few engineers, MBAs, and senior levels, underestimating... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Oil Analysis Program

Implement a government wide mandated oil analysis program for vehicle and equipment fleets. Currently, quite a few agencies are changing oil by mileage. Some at 3000 miles or 400 hours (on equipment). By testing the oil, these intervals can be changed and possibly reduce the amount and frequency of oil changes per year. The costs associated with an oil analysis program is minimal in comparison to the unnecessary changing... more »

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General Services Administration

Tracking Government Assets is Warranted

I suggest you...“Tracking Government Assets is Warranted” Introduction: There is an urgent need for GSA to document all repairs and equipment warranties/purchases, with specific respect to contracted projects for every building in our inventory and store this information on a shared drive accessible to all pertinent personnel. This will enable us to have detailed historical data at our fingertips to adequately assess... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Allow storage and reuse of equipment

Allow each engineering section to have a storeroom for low-value equipment. Use a sign-out sheet, electronic door lock, and a webcam to keep it secure. NASA policy currently forbids having more than $90k of assets in one place, but $90k doesn't go as far as it used to. It takes a lot of specialized support equipment to build a spacecraft. When it's not in use, we're supposed to send it to an off-site warehouse or surplus... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Develop a web-based catalog of all NASA owned support equipment that can be reused for multiple projects.

After serving as an NASA Engineer on a couple satellite missions, I noticed that each mission spends money on new support equipment like dollys, lift slings, and fixturing to help build and test the spacecraft. While each satellite design is usually unique and requires some new equipment. There are stages in the process of satellite construction where existing equipment can be modified for much cheaper than purchasing... more »

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General Services Administration

Create "GBAY.gov" to Trade Government Equipment (Craigslist.Gov too)

Create "GBAY.GOV" Website to Recycle Used Government Equipment and Supplies. So many times I want to get a Chair or Computer or other Office or Computer Equipment thrown away by another department but I am not allowed to just get it because of "Hand Receipt" and "Government Property Transfer Rules". But our Department is always out of Money and other Departments are wasting Old Equipment when they upgrade. Because of... more »

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