Make all forms that are processed in the government electronic. Now that we have electronic records databases, we should use them to their full capacity. All forms from annual leave to govtrip to print requests to procurement requests should be able to be sent through the electronic process. We have really jumped into the new technology age- there are blogs, tweets, rss feeds and more. Now we need to take a step... more »
I suggest that the government stop using contractors except for the most mundane, repetitive tasks that can be easily defined. Office cleaning, lawn mowing are examples of easily defined repetitive work. Software programming is NOT easily defined and repetitive. I am the TM for a software development task and the contract is written in such a way that I have no way of knowing if the governent is getting their money's... more »
I believe the government would save a lot of money, if they audited all the telephone lines and numbers they pay for to insure they are truly being utilized. After consulting with my Director, I worked for over a month going back and forth with AT&T, trying to get two cell phones turned off that the office no longer needed or used. The AT&T representative said they couldn't turn off the cell phones because we could... more »
Have program offices and acquisition offices work throughout the fiscal year to prepare solicitations. By waiting until our Agency's appropriations are approved, we create a resource constraint on both our Contract Officers and our Project Officers. As a result, the solicitations we offer to the contracting community aren't clear and the Federal government doesn't receive proposals that truly allow us to capture the... more »
Get rid of the extremely stringent costing metrics. Forcing researchers to spend their research money too quickly can result in waste.
Streamline the federal Contract Writing System so that all agencies utilize the same system for contracting. This would eliminate the steep learning curve for Contracting Officers going from one agency to another, thus saving training resources as well as time. Additionally, it would allow employees to help other agencies at a moment's notice where help is needed, such as in a disaster situation where Contracting Officers... more »
I suggest you revamp your entire procurement process to make it less combersom and costly. To do this, you would need an Enterprise system with the step by step requirements imbedded into the system. For instance, when submitting a noncompetitve order, it would take you to the form you are required to fill out. When you needed an invoice approval, upon receipt, it routes the invoice to the CO etc. It would build the... more »
Implement an annual “Recycle Supplies Week”. Employees can take the opportunity to clean their areas and return unused or useable office supplies back to the centralized department that maintains and distributes office supplies. If there are office locations without a centralized area then develop one or assign them to an existing location. Most of us are guilty of gradually hoarding supplies. Years go by with our... more »
The Federal government is uniquely positioned to lead the country and the world in challenging industry to aggressively improve performance specifications for highly-efficient IT and data center infrastructure equipment. Leveraging the procurement power of the Federal government, energy efficient performance specifications will drive the market to game changing technologies, such as, liquid cooled high performance computers,... more »
Common sense. We all have some degree of it and the famous Revolutionary War author, Thomas Paine, turned the phrase into a call for complete governmental change. I propose the implementation of a "common sense function for travel and procurement funding. This would enable government employees to chose common sense solutions which are cheaper and more effective. This would serve as an appeal process or request for... more »
Please modify STRIPES, the new procurement system, to cover the full procurement cycle from solicitation to close out. In particular, the electronic equivilant of the offical award file needs to be visible to all that interact with that award. Also need to make it so that the awardee can submit/upload their deliverables/letters, etc to the awards record/file. There needs to be a logical file structure for each award... more »
Move procurement actions onto web technology; most contracting/grants specialists still use paper for official files and only have email to attempt e-government. Enormous amount of time is wasted on finding/organizing and assembling the necessary procurement documents. Web technology with appropriate file sharing will save billions.
I work for a contractor for the DOE. Our procurement process is very decentralized. Instead of having our Procurement Department do the data entry in our Oracle procurement system, it is done at the department level. We have about 300 people, with licenses for the Oracle system, doing this data entry. Each license costs about $2,500 per year. That is $750,000 each year. By centralizing the procurement process we can save... more »
I suggest you...Reorganize the (non-DOD) Acquisition Workforce so each federal Department has trained and qualified CO and COTR staff trained and supported by a technical contracting office within the OMB. CO and COTR staff would specialize by contract type, size, and complexity and be deployed to specific working assignments within federal agencies and Departments. Quality Assurance and consistent training would be... more »
GSA Advantage needs to have a vendor rating system like Amazon and e-bay use. This would save the government time and money. Very often the description and /or picture in GSA Advantage do not match what you actually get when you order something. A good example of this is printer cartridges. You order what you think is an original printer cartridge and then get a refilled cartridge instead. I am all for recycling... more »