One of the largest failures in capital investment that our Government makes continuously is the failure to get the ROI for training $$ spent on Government Employees. Here is a Prime Example: The DoD sends someone to school for 14 weeks to the National Defense University for the CIO Advance Management Program (half of a masters degree), but when they return to their job, no one is interested in utilizing or exploiting... more »
These ideas need to be examined more thouroughly than just an online vote because some will be more complex and have a greater ROI than the short ones.
There are reasons IT consolidations have failed in the past and ways to make them work. The tactical approach is the reason these efforts have failed repeatedly in business, the government, and the military. It is not about network consolidation, server consolidation, email consolidation, or even data center consolidation. The networks, file and print servers, email servers, back office servers, data centers, or even... more »
I would suggest this program be changed to award a monetary percentage to all people who have their ideas implemented and a savings is realized. Have the Congressional Budget Office prepare a cost analysis for savings. The percentage paid out would be a tremendous boost for the program and a fantastic incentive for everyone to participate.
Improve dissemination throughout government for 2011. This year I received one day notice. I got the message and a reminder that is due tomorrow this morning. Our thoughts may be better and our input may seem valued.
Currently, there are multiple functional roles that duplicate unnecessarily within DHS. Congress should provide the Secretary with the authority to reorganize support organizations to align in a more function efficient structure. Centralizing support organizations such as construction management, facilities management, fleet management, human resources, acquisition management, IT services and other roles that require... more »
Provide a government-wide program for benchmarking the best and brightest processes in areas that are common among several or many federal agencies, such as personnel, finance, logistics, grants, information technology, accounting, contracting, and so forth. The concept is that each agency would provide one or two areas where they have streamlined processes making them more efficient through less resources used, faster... more »
Implement Six-Sigma process management systems across the government. As every government operations involves many complex and sub-optimized proceses, Six-Sigma tools can be effectively applied to refine processes to ideal and significantly reduce the cost of poor quality.
Don't allow voting on ideas until after the cutoff date.
I suggest you combined continuous risk management (CRM) discipline with innovative knowledge management practices to more effectively enable problem identification and problem solving in the complex world government. The integrated approach also serves as a way to implement lasting improvement in processes used to accomplish work tasks. At NASA, the exploration risk landscape is, indeed, challenging with NASA’s competing... more »
I suggest that for the first round of software/application development analysts be used to develop mockups of applications or enhancements. Given all the changes and iterations necessary in the software/application development process, paper mockups can serve as avaluable focus for the discussion of requirements without tying up developers' time and talents with coding prototypes. Benefits could include increased productivity,... more »
I suggest that you change the way process improvement personnel are currently managed in the government. Instead of hiring outside contractors, or term employees, make process improvement its own job series and career path. By allowing people to advance in their career along the process improvement path, you will get the most bang for your buck. Training process improvment experts right now is not cheap, and yet we... more »
Decentralizing federal employees could save hundreds of millions or more in salary, local travel compensation, air travel and relocation expenses. Not every position that exists in Washington D.C. is required to be there. Many positions can remain in the field. With video and tele-conferencing capabilities as well as other technologies, meetings have become revolutionized. I am not saying relocate those that live there... more »
Change the way participants view the process improvement initiatives that are being taught to them. Currently, getting certified as a Process Improvement Green Belt and Black Belt does not help in the promotion process. If we are to convince people to use the initiatives, we must give them a reason to. While it is nice to think that people want to do good for the government just because it is the right thing to do,... more »