Department of the Interior

Database App for Product Selection Purchasing

We spend months in meetings and via emails, drafting criteria for IT specifications to go in software purchases (could be hardware too). If someone (NIST? or hold a contest and reward the person who wrote the best app) would write a database application, with tables of all the features users needed/wanted, lists of vendors/products with standardized feature syntax, and vendors would verify (a la SCAP) that their products... more »

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Department of Energy

Negotiating during Competitive Procurements

I suggest that we change procurements rules to allow agencies to negotiate with offerors during competitive procurements for major systems. Currently, during competitive procurements for major systems, the Government is allowed to hold "discussions" to identify weaknesses in offeror proposals, but the Government is not allowed to negotiate with individual offerors in competitive procurements. This is completely the... more »

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Department of Defense

Define “best value” to include the costs of both procurement and disposal

Federal agencies buy more than $500 billion in goods and services annually, but there is no direct link to the cost of disposal. This limits the ability to identify and seize lifecycle cost efficiencies. For example, it's cheaper to buy a chipboard desk than a metal desk, but a broken chipboard desk costs taxpayer money to put in a landfill, while a broken metal desk has cash value as a recyclable material. For... more »

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Legislative Branch

Public service: save taxpayer $ by easily doing more with less

A significant amount of money, in actual costs (purchase-price) and variable costs (personnel time, supplies), are wasted via sloppy procurements and how internal documents are stored/organized. And, the government needs to reward the personnel who create solutions that provide measurable/significant increases in productivity. PROCUREMENTS My personal experience is that acquisition planning is non-existent despite tens-of-millions... more »

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Department of Labor

End-to-End Acquisition Process Improvement

No one "owns" the acquisition process from end-to-end, which allows inefficiencies to proliferate over time. A process design team, supported by acquisition personnel who understand (1) FAR requirements, (2) DOLAR requirements, and (3) OPS Bulletin requirements, should tackle this issue. Such a team could conduct a complete end-to-end evaluation of the current state, do a gap analysis to identify any missing requirements... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Raise the Procurement Limit on Credit Card Purchases

The current Agency limit of $3K for credit card purchases creates 1000s of extra hours of government and vendor work with little to no extra value. There needs to be a credit card purchase limit to assure that a market survey has been performed but $3K is too low a limit to then turn on a standard government procurement. Significant delays occur in development in awaiting a slower procurement process for off-the-shelf... more »

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Legislative Branch

Unclaimed Software Licenses - Paid for but not downloaded

Ask software companies to report government software purchases where the licenses have not been downloaded. They will tell you if you ask. I was horrified to find that agencies buy expensive software licenses and then don't even claim them or download them. I called an office that had bought but not used a license and was able to get it transferred to my office because the government already paid for it. Ask the major... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Cut Post Award Contract Audits and Fix Problems Before Contract Award

I recommend that less time and resources be spent on reviewing awarded contracts and more resources be dedicated to finding the problems during the acqusition process (acquistion planning & development as well as procurement) so poor contracts are not awarded. Finding problems after the fact does not save anything. Finding problems early in the process saves time and resources.

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Department of the Treasury

Improve Best Value Determinations for Procurement

Improve Best Value Determinations for Procurement Challenge - to examine procurement “best value” over time, to organization as a whole, instead of treating each effort individually at a specific point in time. Solution – Provide templates that are easy to build, standardize, available immediately and require little training to quantify upstream and downstream impacts which increase value and decrease costs, over the... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Streamline Procurement

Streamline the procurement process for hardware and software to (a) get rid of the "short list" of approved vendors, and (b) eliminate insight/oversight requirements for parts which are in ubiquity in industry. For really ubiquitous items (e.g., fasteners and adhesives), the procurements department could even make bulk purchases and then provide them to programs out of an existing inventory. It's understandable if the... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Leveraging government resources through partnerships

I suggest that we approach the work of government differently and work more closely with private sector, service organizations, non-governmental organizations and foundations through partnerships. The government needs to rethink the way we procure services and where appropriate build sustainable partnerships to advance our work Much of the business of government can be approached in a spirit of partnership that can... more »

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Department of State

Consolidating IT contracts across agencies achieving a whole-of-government approach to cost savings

U.S. Mission Indonesia consolidated nineteen IT contracts from eleven departments in six agencies (DoS, DoD, DoJ, FCS, DHS, and DoA). This whole-of-government approach increased our purchasing power with our local Internet Service Provider (ISP). By presenting a unified approach to contract solicitation, we increased our purchasing potential and achieved a realized cost savings of $300,000 a year and $1.5 Million over... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Refocus USDA OCIO Acquisition Approval Request (AAR) Process

Refocus USDA OCIO Acquisition Approval Request (AAR) Process The threshold for OCIO approval of IT purchases, as stated in §711, Title VII of the USDA Appropriations Act, is $25,000. Prior to 2005, this threshold was $250,000. To speed procurement (and thus more evenly distribute the procurement workload throughout the fiscal year), recommend returning to the $250,000 OCIO approval threshold. At an OCIO briefing earlier... more »

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General Services Administration

Procurement loophole for Tribal and ANC 8(a) firms

There needs to be consistency of the 8(a) sole source allowances in direct federal contracting. While most 8(a)s have a cap on the amount they can be sole sourced ($3 million for services, $5 million for manufacturing), Tribal and ANC 8(a) firms are eligible to receive sole source 8(a) contracts regardless of dollar size, with no upper limit. This creates a huge incentive for subcontracting, as these small and disadvantaged... more »

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