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Department of Veterans Affairs

The contract process save a buck and incorporate

The contracting process has become a complex sytem to monitor. The private sector meaning DOD, VA, GSA and so on use the same processes but similar non interactng systems. It would save the government billions if it had a master database for all contracts (supercomputer) where all agencies can use the same contract base, forms and so on. It seems that the money spent on so many different systems that dont or cant... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Single Contract Writing & Management System

Recommend one system across the civilian agencies and access to the DoD systems so that if my customer needs "red widgets" I can quickly find a contract to piggyback off of. Time saved=money saved; economies of scale.

This allows better visibility of contracts than FPDS does. One system is like having only 1 moving part on a machine, less likely to break. Contracting Officers could then be detailed to ANY agency or... more »

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Department of Transportation

Labor rate efficiency gains - contracting vs. federal employment

Summary - This is a suggestion which would apply to all federal agencies. Create an express method of non-competitively hiring long-term contractors as federal employees performing nearly identical roles, to save the government labor cost. Across all federal agencies, this single rule change could save hundreds of millions of dollars each year, both in encouraging actions by federal managers to increase labor cost efficiency,... more »

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Department of Defense

Revamp the FAR - Federal Acquistion Regulation

Rewrite the FAR to make it current and relevant and EASY to follow. Currently the FAR is ambiguous, open to interpretation and contradicts itself sometimes within the same paragraph. Create a new FAR that is relevant to the times and eliminates the duplicity and complexity that currently exists in our acquistions world. This would bring down cost of acquisitions and eliminate some of the constant challenges by industry... more »

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Department of Defense

Efficiency in Acquisitions - Contracting

Over the past several years, the Department of Defense in particular has outsourced a great deal of their work-force/life support, etc. to contractors. As such, the demand for Government Contracting Officers is very high. One of the primary contract writing systems utilized by contracting officers is PD2, a software package created and updated by CACI. Government Contracting Officers use this software to write solicitations... more »

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Other Commissions and Boards

Contracting

I suggest that the government stop using contractors except for the most mundane, repetitive tasks that can be easily defined. Office cleaning, lawn mowing are examples of easily defined repetitive work. Software programming is NOT easily defined and repetitive. I am the TM for a software development task and the contract is written in such a way that I have no way of knowing if the governent is getting their money's... more »

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Department of the Interior

Assess the efficiency of the Central Contractor Registation Database (CCR).

I suggest that the CCR Database is inefficient and costly to the government with very little real benefits. Originally, CCR was supposed to be a database to identify more and better contractors that are able to perform various government work. The idea was good in that it spread the word and potentially identified contractors who may do work more affordably and efficiently. However, this is no longer the case as CCR... more »

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Legislative Branch

Rescue contracting from bureaucracy.

The contracting system at EPA is chock full of bureaucratic problems that lead to immense waste of staff time. The glitchiness thoroughly permeates the system. I never see fraud or abuse, but the waste of time is huge and is mostly hidden, well under the radar screen. Apply root cause analysis with an eye to making big changes.

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General Services Administration

Efficency: Save Time & Money on Contracting Officers training.

Save time and money on Training: Make experience and training for Contracting Officers (COs) and Contracting Officer's Technical Representatives (COTRs) transferrable.
> Establish policy that training, certifications will transfer with employees when they tranfer to different agencies.
This can be done by establishing ONE federal standard for training and requiring all federal agencies to abide by that standard.
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Legislative Branch

Duplication

I suggest you make it illegal for agencies to have their own procedures duplicating or changing the Federal Acquisition Regulations. The reason the FAR was created was to make it easier to contract with the Government. Over the years, the agencies have proliferated rules supplementing the FAR making it exceptionally confusing and difficult to contract with different agencies. It is difficult for Contract Specialists... more »

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Department of Defense

Contracting Consolidation

Redefine contracting.
Currently, contracting is allocating to fulfill a job for a long term requirement. I work in the Information Technology field, and I believe that the only contracting that should be done is for short term development. As it stands right now, our job is extended indefinitely because we support the work flow rather than any special project. It is supposed to be that a contractor can be removed and... more »

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Department of Defense

Stop paying fee for proposal prep costs

Issue an executive order to immediately stop paying fee for proposal preparation costs on all new contracts and contract change orders. This will not only save millions of dollars a year, but it will also create a natural incentive for contractors to accelerate the proprosal and negotiation processes. Right now, we are paying fee for proposal preparation costs so the contractors don't have as much incentive to accelerate... more »

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