Over the past few decades, many state and municipal law enforcement departments across the country have studied the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a compressed work schedule (CWS) for their uniformed officers and agents. “Lateral thinking,” coined by Edward de Bono (1970) is a set of approaches and techniques designed to find radically new approaches to problems - to come at them from the side rather than ...more »
Agency Wide Shared Services (AWSS) should make an electronic fax service available to all areas of government. Faxing is currently time-consuming and expensive - and think of all the paper that’s wasted! Better technology is available and it’s time we put it to use. Ideally, the process would be as straightforward as sending electronic, unprinted documents online (via E-mail possibly). And we would be able to receive ...more »
At USDA/NASS we use FedEx all the time for packages and envelopes, especially for 'priority' deliveries. It’s no secret that the USPS is suffering. Instead of 'outsourcing' shipping AND bailing out the USPS why not keep all mail originating from federal offices in the federal system and use the USPS? The USPS offers the exact same services as FedEX and since it is in the federal system, in theory, our federally protected ...more »
Reduce the number of userids and passwords needed to access computer systems. Having 42 - yes, 42! - different password requirements to operate on all the platforms that I access is anything but secure. Let me use ONE userid, not the 5 I currently need, and ONE password, not the 42 I currently need. Would greatly reduce the ability to forget/lose this information, the need to "write" it down, etc.
Encourage computer users to shut down computers at night if they are not in use. This will not only save the power that the computer uses while sitting idle, but it will cause the computer to generate less heat, meaning cooling systems will also use less power as well. A hidden benefit is that the computers will last longer before component failure, as just being on, whether in use or not, ages the computer faster than ...more »
Government offices considering a new telework program should factor in that those employees will at some time need to report in person. A telework library could be set aside to allow a rotation of those employees who will not have a regular desk. This will help to save space when figuring the budget. In addition retirees could be utilized in telework positions as sources for advice according to their expertise and monitored ...more »
Update the E-Sign Act of 2001 requiring electronic signature on all documents and accompanying storage within 5 years. Savings in paper, mailing costs, fax machines, paper storage (it is a MAJOR GREEN initiative). Efficiency is increased by seamless transfer of information at the speed of the network. Security is increased by electronic encryption of documents. Federal acceptance will jump start private sector for major ...more »
Security has run amok. It's important, but so is productivity. Need to better gauge risk before implementing changes that affect ability to get work done rather than automatically implementing every precaution regardless of risk level vs. impact on the organization. Savings would be in reduced need to troubleshoot and adapt existing applications in a constantly-changing security environment as well as increased productivity. ...more »
Tons of money is spent on security clearances. Each agency does not accept the others and redo the entire process. Then it is put into one of many different databases, each of which has to be maintained and staffed. Each agency should be forced to accept another investigation and use only one database to store all clearances.
Electronic Password Reset Functionality for All Systems-No need to contact the Service Desk. With a web front end you can have an ODBC reach back to create an auto generated e-mail message that gets sent to the DHS e-mail address. This is extremely secure because the user must enter their email address and their system user id. The system verifies both the e-mail and the user id; once verified this system sends a new ...more »
I suggest that Federal Employees who have a current Security Clearance that has been performed as a requirement for their job and includes background and national agency checks and interviews should be allowed by the Transportation Safety Agency to go through minimal security screening and that their HSPD-12 Government ID be used for expeditious service. This would enhance security, reduce TSA costs, improve customer ...more »
Consolidate Security Clearances into one standard verses having DHS, DOD, CIA, DEA, NSA, USCG, ICE, ATF, etc… each having their own. Can you imagine the man hours saved and better inter-agency interaction when all organizations adhere to one standard?
It should be mandatory that all Federal agencies must try to purchase products made or assembled in the United States before buying products made else where. All motor vehicles purchased by the federal government should have the vehicle identification number (VIN) start with the number "1" when purchased. It's time to bring American jobs back home, The federal government needs to upgrade the industrial base in this ...more »
I suggest tasking one agency with conducting all background investigations for federal employees’ security clearances (and security clearance renewals). The benefits are four-fold: improved transparency, improved efficiency (surely including cost savings), shorter lag-time in obtaining/renewing clearances, and allowing other entities to concentrate on the tasks most essential to their mission. A large percentage of ...more »
Each area within DHS seems to run its own security operations center, with seemingly no cross-agency coordination. In some cases, this unnecessarily complicates communications between different agencies. By fostering agencies and component collaboration as well as consolidating operations centers, DHS could take advantage of economies of scale to reduce the number of real estate contracts to manage and reduce space costs, ...more »
We were told 3 years ago, when our photos were taken that these cards would be required for computer access. After two years of waiting... we finally received the cards, but still do not have to use them to access the computer. The card has sat in my desk drawer for the past year. We were told these cards carry a $3.00/month servicing fee from the contractor. Seems like if we haven't used it for 3 years...we really ...more »
Clearly define benefits of citizenship and eliminate financial gifts to any person who is not a citizen of the United States of America. Eliminating housing, food, medical, utility and cash dollars to anyone not born or naturalized as a citizen of the US will save the government millions of dollars. State governments that provide assistance directly to any person could instead provide dollars to fund community help such ...more »
Lightweight Portable Security (LPS): - accredited, approved-DoD-wide COOP, telework solution - no-local-trace, browsing environment - prevents/bypasses persistent malware - instant, transient, trusted end node - extremely lightweight - free LPS quickly provides a safer Internet starting point. LPS temporarily turns almost any x86 computer (Mac, Windows, or Linux) into a non-persistent, ...more »
Have a central federal agency handle ALL recycling/destruction of excess computer equipment. The current process for excessing computer equipment and securely erasing hard drives (including copier/printer hard drives) is very inefficient and somewhat insecure--options are to have individual sites securely erase all data and then pay to have recycling companies pick it up and THEY profit from any recycling possible or ...more »
There are a number of programs spread throughout the HHS Office of the Secretary (OS) all designed to ensure the resiliency, safety, and security of OS personnel, programs, and resources. To name a few, some are: • Internal Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) program (OSSI) • Occupant Evacuation Program (OEP) (ASA) • Continuity of Operations (COOP) program (ASPR) • Continuity of Government (COG) program (ASPR) ...more »
Save Money by establishing a centralized Security Clearance database for the entire Federal Government.
> Save on time and money for:
- fed employees transferring between agencies
- military moving from services to civilian agencies
- contractors joining federal agencies
- reduce recruiting time delays
Save $10M’s in lost/stolen sensitive data. Use Air Force Research Lab’s free Encryption Wizard on all Govt PCs. All federal employees are required to strongly encrypt sensitive files before sending across the Internet. Encryption Wizard is the only no-cost, publically-downloadable, strong, accredited, extremely easy, small, multi-platform, and granular encryptor solution (we know of). No other free, accredited solution ...more »
Establish a telework site at all large federal buildings. This would enable those who live close to those buildings to telework from a location close to their homes. It would reduce traffic congestion, improve morale, provide a secure facility for telework, and enable those without suitable office conditions at home to telework.
Currently, people who hold security clearances in both a civilian position and as a military Reservist must submit clearance paperwork twice, be investigated/reinvestigated twice, and interviewed twice. This duplication requires separate investigators to go through the exact same data, the exact same questions, and the exact same procedures at double the cost and time. Removing this practice could save hundreds of thousands ...more »
The Federal government should welcome potential employees, not discourage them through the worst government stigma of all - a slow and ineffective bureaucracy . Simply put, the hiring process in the Federal government is a nightmare, and is clogged with needless paperwork and approval processes. Here are two significant problems: 1. Federal employees at many agencies must be fingerprinted with INK. These fingerprints ...more »