Department of Defense

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A software closed loop user feedback process.

Make a policy or law requiring a closed loop user feedback process for new, current and future Government Information Systems (software). This would provide Lean Six Sigma quantifiable data for senior leader decision makers. Not what the vendors, contractors think. As software products are developed this will ensure the feedback is collected by a closed loop system to measure the usage, effectiveness and correct issues ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

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BALANCING LIFE AND THE MISSION: COMPRESSED SCHEDULING IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

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 »

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Office of Personnel Management

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Go Virtual

I suggest you...have virtual meetings, trainings, and conferences. The government is notorious for feeling as though they need to see people face-to-face to get their message across. It is nice to have National Summits face-to-face, but many meetings, trainings, or conferences could be done virtually. Invest in web conferencing services such as Microsoft's Live Meeting, Cisco Systems Inc.'s WebEx Meeting Center, IBM's ...more »

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Department of Defense

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Stop Double Pay to Microsoft

We buy computers from Dell. Each computer comes with a license from Microsoft. (Sticker with license key) We then buy an Enterprise license to install Windows (any version) on that computer. Dell sells computers without Windows. We can buy our computers without Microsoft licenses, and then install our Enterprise software. We never use the preinstalled version, and we never use the license key we pay for that comes with ...more »

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General Services Administration

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Train Locally – Use Existing FEB Training in 28 Locations Across U.S.

Large cost savings could be gained if federal leaders were encouraged to train their employees in the cities they work. Approximately 88% of the Federal Workforce is located outside of Washington D.C. This is better for the environment and will save the federal government in travel and per diem costs. Federal training already exists in 28 large cities through the Federal Executive Boards (www.Feb.Gov). FEB sponsored ...more »

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Department of Justice

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Stop Paying Federal Benefits to Inmates

Stop Paying Federal Benefits to Inmates Ensure Federal Benefits Are Not Paid to Ineligible Incarcerated Individuals. To eliminate the waste of taxpayer money government wide and run the federal benefit programs with more efficiency and save money: (1) Identify all U.S. Federal Agencies having programs that provide individuals, or beneficiaries of individuals, with some form of federal benefit or federal aid. (2) ...more »

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Federal Communications Commission

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Stop printing CFRs, e-version is better

Save money? simple, stop printing hard copies of the Code of Federal Regulation. At least here at the FCC, we don't use those books, we use the e-version instead, yet each employee gets full hard copies of Title 47 CFR. This is my third year with the FCC and I have 15 thick books that I don't use because they are all available on the web. In fact, everyone is encouraged to use the electronic version of the code of federal ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

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Use Free or Cheaper Software

Look into free or cheap open source software alternatives to replace proprietary software packages. Often, people have professional level, expensive products like Photoshop when they could get by with a cheaper desktop or web-based alternative.

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Department of Agriculture

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Open source is not free, but it is close

I suggest the government move to open source software whenever an upgrade is scheduled. Employees already have to deal with new menus and features during upgrades, and most mature open source software has a similar look and feel as proprietary offerings. Therefore, the learning curve would not be too steep and there was going to be a learning process anyway when the upgrade happened.

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Department of the Treasury

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Combine Requests for Information to our Customers: i.e. Return Census and Tax Forms Together

The same information is often requested from multiple agencies (name, address, dependents, and income). Where possible combine forms across agencies to consolidate the requests we make of our customers. Immediate benefits will include: • Consolidate requests to our customers (in 2010 we submitted our tax and census requests within weeks of each other) • Reduce duplicate envelope cost, a more “green” approach • ...more »

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Department of Defense

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LINUX vs $$+MICROSOFT+$$

REPLACE: The constantly increasing “EXPENSIVE” Microsoft operating systems and applications with the “FREE” Linux OpenSource operating systems and applications. COST SAVINGS: Government-wide, this could reduce the IT budgets by several billion dollars, which would make monies available to pay for hiring a team of government employees to maintain security and operability of Linux software packages. SECURITY: Linux is ...more »

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