Go to Virtual Fax Government wide. You can eliminate the need for a fax machine, which will also save energy costs, cost on paper, ink and time. A virtual fax number would be assigned to all that need one and when they are sent a fax it is converted to a pdf and is delivered to their email in box. To send a fax you type in the fax number and @thevirtual fax companiesname in the To: section of a new email. You can then ...more »
Telecommunications Development Fund
This capability would allow employees to reduce travel funds by holding face-to-face meetings on Skype. A live video will allow a personal connection, without the cost of traveling long distances for relatively short meetings. It is a no-cost option within the United States and would monopolize on technology already available to the masses. Currently, the federal government does not have an agreement with Skype, as it ...more »
When I took my kids to the Open House at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where I work, we spent most of the day standing in line. I was not alone. The average American spends 2 years of her life waiting in line, according to a paper by MIT Prof. Richard Larson. That’s 55 billion hours per year in the US alone, 9% of the average work-life expectancy, $1.2 trillion of the GDP lost yearly. This could be solved by letting ...more »
Dear Mr. President: In my opinion the key to cost-effective business telephone systems across public sector could be using open source software. I think it is very crucial and critical for the public sector to be cost-conscious and especially in a cost-conscious and competitive marketplace that we see and live in today. In the present day open source software is widely used in private sector and also widely recognized ...more »
Centralize and modernize teleconferencing capabilities across the government. Rather than the current ad hoc government approach that results in inefficiencies and redundancies, have a centralized, online system to request teleconferences. This would not only ensure administrative efficiency, but also promote the use of teleconferencing in lieu of meetings which require travel time and time to set-up facilities.
Online Faxing should be made possible for every one. This will cut down the paper usage to 50%.
I suggest that future Agency IT contracts incorporate a language to the effect "Software technologies that are approved for use by this or any other Agency, and have gone through testing by this or another Agency shall be deemed to meet standards as set forth in ...(fill in the appropriate OMB / FISMA) OMB/FISMA (or whatever organization) shall be responsible for a database of approved softwares and their level of approval. ...more »
I suggest you plan farther award to award contacts to contracting organizations. By giving them more lead-time, they will have more advance notice and be able to charge less.
The vast majority of complaints about the federal government that I hear (at work and outside of work) fall under one of two categories - "out-dated computer systems that are inefficient" and "the work is contracted out so we have no control over it." Being a new federal employee I was very surprised by the amount of time it takes to complete a task because the information management system is very ineffient, out-dated, ...more »
This idea will save on cell phone costs, plan costs, and administrative costs. Instead of regulating federally assigned cell phones that employees carry, give the employees a stipend and allow them the freedom to choose a plan that fits the needs of the government and the employee. The employee will be responsible for the phone and plan payments.
The Southwest border lacks reliable communications for the U.S. citizens living in the vast desert areas near the Mexico border in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Cellular Communications companies are reluctant to build the towers and wireless infrastructure due to the lack of population and high cost factors involved (estimated cost is in the billions $$$), there is no good business case to do so without ...more »
I suggest you have a IT Person on site in every building depending on the building size. This will allow everyone to become my efficient without having to wait on hold for an IT person on the telephone.