Ideas Contributed [ 5 ] [+]
The IPAC system sponsored by Treasury is the closest thing we have to a government wide accounting system (that I know of). I believe we could easily centralize it within Treasury (currently, each government agency has a separate IT administrator to manage the MS Access Program). By centralizing it under another computer program, users could process transactions 24/7, with minimal concerns about the monthly deadlines. ...more »
I suggested to my employers suggestion program using an auto-ID application like a 2-D barcode for transmitting our Lines of Accounting. I believe this is a workable solution as barcodes have been used for decades and are a time-tested process. Additionally, while the LOA's vary, the first elements of the LOA's are standardized, meaning they could look up the appropriate programming to read the next set of elements. ...more »
While the Lines of Accounting (aka Standard Appropriation Lines) need reform, an intermediate cost-effective idea would be to mandate the tables of elements to be available as a downloadable .csv file instead of a Word file. We could locate appropriation information more quickly. It might also benefit IT users as well.
Please note that I never worked with DIMHRS and don't know if any of my coworkers had either. However, as a federal employee, I think some of the problems were obvious. Background: DIMHRS was the DoD's initiatiative to consolidate 100+ personnel programs into a single application. After over 12 years and $1B spent, it was reportedly stated to be a disaster by Joint Chief of Staff Chair Mike Mullen and cancelled (?) ...more »
1. Focus more on cross-organizational themes. Many of the ideas submitted are government-wide but are under agency categories and vice versa. Some category ideas might be the budgeting cycle, environmental (paper/energy, etc), travel, Personnel/Management, Save Award Program, etc. 2, For the agency level, incorporate as part of your KPI (suggested by the GAO) how many ideas per employee per year are generated. Agencies ...more »