Currently federal appropriations law as interpreted by GAO (GAO-04-261SP) requires separate travel authorizations for travel that cross the FY end-start (September-October). Conversely, the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA) allows agencies to contract for severable services for a period less than 12 months, regardless of the FY. Why not extend this logic and allow a single trip that starts in September and ...more »
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Stop printing the Federal Register. It is available online, so there is no need to print and mail such a massive publication on a daily basis.
Eliminate the printing and mailing of the Federal Register.
These should only be available electronically.
I suggest you modernize the Federal Register. The Federal Register was created in the 1930’s to inform citizens of the day-to-day operations of government. It was the Open Government initiative of its time, providing access to federal agency regulations, proposed rules and notices, Executive orders, and requests for comments on strategic plans and proposed information collection activities. The Federal Register provides ...more »
Stop investing so much money in contractors and invest in high school students following them through college. Have the students in the (technology field and other needed field) bring them on as student staff, learning our need and daily operation. Use their computer skills and knowledge to write programs that will benifit the Agency, in turn help them with their tution.
Since the IG is quasi-independent of their agency, why not cross-service IGs the way we cross-service other central functions (e.g., financial management, payroll, acquisition, HR services)? This would provide additional autonomy for the IGs and allow economies of scale for small agencies to share these costs.
I suggest that Federal Register Notices be submitted electronically. Today, we have to submit each Federal Register Notice with 4 paper copies, including one on yellow paper. In addition, each Notice has to be downloaded and submitted on a separate disk or CD. Notices cannot be aggregated on one disk or CD. The package then has to be mailed to the appropriate Agency official and then sent to the Federal Register Office.This ...more »
Transition to bi-monthly payroll (twice per month) instead of bi-weekly. Government accounting systems generate billions of transactions each month matching monthly accounting data to the bi-weekly payroll periods. This change would greatly simplify accounting throughout the FY and especially at FY-end.
Standardize all government web sites to make it easier to locate information. Simplify government information sharing and discovery. Mandate the governmentwide use of the web architecture structure to promote standardization.
NASA has successfully used challenges to get technology breakthroughs (EVA gloves, lunar lander, etc.). Why not set challenges for software that the government needs as well. Large and even very small (within capability of university students) problems could be defined and awarded with cash when the successful software is submitted.
plant community gardens that can provide locally-grown produce for the government agency. This will support the efforts of our First Lady and provide quality food at reduced cost for our chefs.
Eliminate the requirement for government agencies to produce accrual-based financial statements. These statements contribute nothing to the decision-making process in the Administration or Congress, do not fit the underlying financial management structure of Government operations (funded by appropriations) and easily consume millions of dollars in staff time and contractor salaries throughout Government. The change ...more »
Replace agency Blackberry's/Cell phones with a flat reimbursement for personal contracts (would require legislative relief). Develop applications for Blackberry, Andriod and iPhone so employees can access their agency email/contact, etc. securely from their own devices. This would eliminate personal vs. government use issues. Moreover, the security would be BETTER than a web portal because the user would have to have ...more »
The current requirement that Federal employees travel on fully refundable airline tickets purchased through a travel agent or booking service is wasteful. Most employees travel for specific purposes that are unlikely to be cancelled except under extraordinary circumstances. Whereas a fully refundable roundtrip ticket purchased the required way may cost over a thousand dollars, a non-refundable ticket purchased through ...more »
Agencies declare their intentions to introduce or revise programs in the Federal Register. Yet they do not have to publish drawings and specifications for construction or fabrication of real and personal property. This often causes problems because agencies rarely involve the public unless required by local authorities, putting off feedback from a concerned public only after execution, when the construction or fabrication ...more »