Legislative Branch

Web 2.0 - Collaborate Transparently

Push to incorporate Web 2.0 technologies into our various processes. Acquisitions would be a good start. Instead of having a few people develop huge documents (with varying degrees of collaboration with subject matter experts) that then have to go through a litany of reviews, often by high ranking folks with little technical background, allow the development of key artifacts in collaborative, transparent environments... more »

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Department of Labor

Faster ways of resolving worker complaints of labor law violations

We need to do more to help American workers with the resources that we got. Protect their wages and safety and health. My plan is to be implemented to protect workers’ wages, but it can also be implemented for the occupational safety and health of workers as well. In 2009, the Department of Labor (DOL) secured $137.6 million in back wages (wages that should be paid but are not because workers are paid below the minimum... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Create Department of Administration for Core Functions

Consolidate Administrative Functions for all Federal Agencies in a Department of Administration: Reorganize OMB, GSA, NARA, and the Human Capital, Reporting and Records Management functions across the Federal Govt. Manadatory use of the Services provided. Prevent waste and abuse in three critical areas: Training Facilities (esp IT), FY end supply and service purchasing, HR Practices (stratify or benchmark performance... more »

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Department of the Interior

electronic libraries of government documents

Each region of each agency should have the computer equipment available to establish a centralized library for electronic documents. If any document contains sensitive information, then access should be restricted to that section of the library to those who need access. We are spending hundreds of dollars for new shelving systems and floor space to accomodate hard copies of documents that were printed from an electronic... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Expense Transparency for True End-Users

When individual employees make requests for hardware or services, provide the requester and appropriate lower-level end-user(s) with the final "charged" cost. When real users (not managers, admins, or accountants) see the often outrageous costs to taxpayers, they will be more likely to investigate and reduce those expenses. This "transparency" is similar to the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) statements that health insurance... more »

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Federal Communications Commission

limit volume and life of confidential documents in agency proceedings

Confidential submissions to government agency proceedings limit public discussion and increase document handling costs. I suggest that OMB, consistent with the President's directive on transparency, instruct government agencies (1) to adopt a presumption against granting confidentiality for submissions in agency proceedings, (2) require the confidential status of documents by default to expire in 3 years without compelling... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Integrate Personal Health History with EMR online using magnetic strip on Pt ID card that links to unique website for each perso

Personal Health Information (PHI, History) Integrated to Electronic Medical (EMR) Health Records. How: Issue the patient ID card with a magnetic strip which links to their unique PHI website (encrypted and password-protected). All providers who are given access by the patient would be able to read and write to the EMR from anywhere there is internet. Transparency achieved. Personal history is maintained by the patient,... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Adding responsible information to every document (Agency/Branch/Component/Date)

Idea: Add responsible Agency/Branch/Component/Date information to every form, document, manual, publication, or web page. With this ANY staff member can easily identify the agency to contact when changes are needed in. Example (FEMA/VA-NPSC/NCT/07-19-2010) Facts: Thousands of man hours are being wasted every year when publications need to be changed or updated and author is not readily identifiable. Too often, if... more »

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Department of the Interior

Fuel for Change

Fuel for Change Use less fuel. We should set an example for the American people. Conserving vehicle fuel reaps immediate and substantial financial benefits, conserves vital energy resources, promotes healthy life styles, decreases carbon emmissions, and helps to protect the environment. Use existing records to provide a pubic accounting of per capita fuel use by agency. The transparency will, in and of itself, result... 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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Department of State

Reduce U.S. Diplomatic / State Dept. Secrecy and Related Investments in Classified Information Technology Systems

The U.S. Department of State spends far too much on maintaining a large-scale classified system. We are and will continue to be constantly short of IT resources. Maintaining a large-scale classified IT infrastructure is wasteful and largely counter-productive for American diplomacy. In this regard, as famous U.S. Foreign Service Officer and Ambassador George Kennan argued: "Diplomacy, after all, is not a conspiracy.... more »

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Department of State

IRAQ: Create web-based centralization of services in Baghdad

IRAQ: Create an IRAQ-specific web based capability to centralize in BAGHDAD many services required by USG posts in Iraq. As plans move forward to establish and enhance U.S. civilian and diplomatic presence in Iraq, there are many administrative actions for which the processes have been well developed in Baghdad - that can still be provided from Baghdad. Creating an IRAQ-Specific web-based site will: -- allow certain... more »

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Department of Education

An improved Closing Date Notices (CDN) clearance system

Much of the work that the U.S. Department of Education does involves the administration of grant programs. There are many steps involved in running grant programs and one important step for each competition is to publish a Closing Date Notice (CDN). Those notices eventually get published in the Federal Register and serve to officially announce grant competitions. Currently, the publication of CDNs at the Department... more »

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