Department of Agriculture

Core IT infrastructure: Standardized and Centralized.

Several agencies, departments and divisions have their own IT department which creates a never-ending spending loop as each agency, independently employees personnel, acquires hardware and software, and pays contractor staff and developers untold amounts of money which often results in substandard and poor-performing IT solutions. My suggestion is to create or establish a centralized ‘think tank’ of IT professionals hand-selected... more »

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Department of Justice

Secretary

Review purchasing contracts regularly. With economic conditions so fragile, one must be able to negotiate prices on a regular basis.

 

Having come from the private sector and as an office manager, government monies should be looked at as if it's your money.

 

You should institute a policy whereby if a price is found cheaper either the vendor honors it, or you go elsewhere.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Streamline The Procurement and Vouchering Process with eProcure!

CMS could develop a document management system called eProcure to streamline the processing of SOWs/RFPs, 393s, and vouchers. Currently, CMS employees must rely on email and “sneaker-net” to submit SOWs, RFPs, and other procurement documents to the CMS Contract Office (OAGM). In addition, CMS staff must use email and “sneaker-net” to move funding documents (e.g., 393s) from office to office during the approval process.... more »

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Department of Commerce

Save money and Carbon by reducing use of GSA

Scale back GSA and change procurement rules to save money and fuel/carbon. This would save money and lots of carbon due to the extra shipping. Currently many agencies must purchase items such as pens and copy paper through GSA, when those prices are far more than Walmart or Staples and the shipping adds much CO2. When federal agencies order paper through GSA, each dept may receive individual shipments, where as Staples/Walmart/other... more »

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General Services Administration

Modify the current budget/procurement process

The current budget/procurement process is counter-productive. Stop rewarding mgrs. for spending up to and beyond their current budgets by giving them the same amount (or more) the next FY. This creates needless "spending sprees" at the end of each FY on (often times) totally unnessary items. Reward mgrs. who meet performance goals within their current budgets.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Stop Fund Reductions

Stop reducing funds for an agency if they don’t use all of the allocated funds for the FY. Projects that are not completely necessary have been started just so the organizations fund will not be reduced next FY. If the threat of fund reduction is gone, procurement will no longer have to spend money just for the sake of spending money.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Unified System Development

Create a new agency, that will determine what systems all Government agencies will use. This way there will only be one cost associated with developing a certain system, instead of every agency creating their own systems and spending funds to accomplish the same task. If we had an agency that mandated all government must use X for procurement, or Y for accounting, or Z for finance, it would not only lower developmental... more »

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Standard Setting Body

Common Engineering Processes

The US Government contracts with many different organizations for engineering work. Although engineering processes are essentially the same at all the organizations, dictated by national and international standards and good engineering practice, each organization writes their own processes for implementation. The US Govt should streamline the processes and dictate that each entity use the same set of processes so that... more »

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General Services Administration

GSA Advantage Vendor Rating

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 »

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Executive Office of the President

Centralize Civilian agency Contracting and Procurement

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 »

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Department of Energy

Centralize procurement - save on software licenses

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 »

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Department of Energy

Streamline procurement through shared web technology

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.

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Department of Energy

Modify STRIPES procurement software to facilitate the full job from solicitation to close out

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 »

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Department of State

A Common Sense Option for Travel and Procurement Requests

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 »

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General Services Administration

Drive Industry to Manufacture Highly-Efficient IT Equipment

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 »

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