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 Labor

Shared source code platform across government

Offer a web site with source code control systems that are up and running, and encourage the agency heads to allow the staff at statistical and scientific agencies to use those systems (e.g. subversion and git). Then software developed by government developers which they are WILLING to share, and can get AUTHORIZATION to share, can in fact be shared and hopefully blossom into cross-agency teamwork and huge savings... more »

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Legislative Branch

Use Open Source

Use open source products rather than 3rd party. This idea would eliminate tremendous amounts of money that is wasted buying products with no comparative advantage. For example, consider how much is spent on every government employee to provide a slew of Microsoft products that are mostly not used, provide no comparative benefit to citizens, and provide no tangible benefit to users over open source versions? This idea... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Testing free open source software

There are free open source software packages that have the capabilities to meet most computing needs. However, it is my understanding that there is little investment on testing open source software to determine whether it meets the security standards of the Agency. I feel that the government can save money by establishing an open process for accepting requests, choosing and testing some of the suggested open software,... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Open Source Software Development and Implementation

I suggest we actively - and openly - participate in the development of Open Source software, as well as explore the possibility of implementing such solutions government-wide. Examples of open source software abound: from operating systems (Linux) and databases (mySQL), to statistical analysis (R), and office suites (OpenOffice). Active participation in the development process will also provide value to the government... more »

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General Services Administration

open source software

US government should switch to open source software. They are free and literally free from hacker attacks and viruses. Just think about the amount of money each and every agency has to spend upgrade windows base office programs. Then multiply it by number of agencies. This is a total waste, because none of us use even 10% of the available features of fancy programs. Why do we spend millions, if not billions of dollars... 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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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Commit to open standards for software

Currently, the U.S. government spends in excess of $1 billion annually to license software -- software that produces documents that are difficult to access after a few years because the new version of the software often doesn't work with the older documents. Since the document formats are proprietary, we have no way to access these documents other than by maintaining the unsupported older software. This has made transparency... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Standardize processes and supporting applications one system at a time

Have each department within each government agency, for instance S&MA within NASA, to pick the top process that is utilized throughout the Agency and implement a standardized process and application for that activity. For instance, I'm thinking of the facility inspection or audit processes. Each center spins their wheels and are always looking for a better solution. If we pooled resources we could come up with a good... more »

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Executive Office of the President

A pilot program for movement to free software

Although there have been many great suggestions on moving to "open source" software, I'm going to make a slightly different pitch: that the government should create a pilot program to reduce the amount spent on costly licenses and reinvest that money in freely licensed software products that answer government needs but also may be applicable to the private sector. This isn't an appeal for a movement to "open source"... more »

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Small Business Administration

Free OS and Open Source Programs

Change from Windows to a free Operating System (e.g. Linux), this would be extremely beneficial beacuse of the high prices of antivirus and high Windows cost. Also implement the use of Open Source programs such as Openoffice instead of Microsoft Office, these are free and would reduce costs by millions of dollars. Some government agencies already use these, but most don't.

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