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Department of Justice

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Review purchasing contracts regularly. With economic conditions so fragile, one must be able to negotiate prices on a regular basis.

 

Having come from the private sector and as an office manager, government monies should be looked at as if it's your money.

 

You should institute a policy whereby if a price is found cheaper either the vendor honors it, or you go elsewhere.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Stop Fund Reductions

Stop reducing funds for an agency if they don’t use all of the allocated funds for the FY. Projects that are not completely necessary have been started just so the organizations fund will not be reduced next FY. If the threat of fund reduction is gone, procurement will no longer have to spend money just for the sake of spending money.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Unified System Development

Create a new agency, that will determine what systems all Government agencies will use. This way there will only be one cost associated with developing a certain system, instead of every agency creating their own systems and spending funds to accomplish the same task. If we had an agency that mandated all government must use X for procurement, or Y for accounting, or Z for finance, it would not only lower developmental... more »

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Department of Energy

Centralize procurement - save on software licenses

I work for a contractor for the DOE. Our procurement process is very decentralized. Instead of having our Procurement Department do the data entry in our Oracle procurement system, it is done at the department level. We have about 300 people, with licenses for the Oracle system, doing this data entry. Each license costs about $2,500 per year. That is $750,000 each year. By centralizing the procurement process we can save... more »

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Department of Energy

Streamline procurement through shared web technology

Move procurement actions onto web technology; most contracting/grants specialists still use paper for official files and only have email to attempt e-government. Enormous amount of time is wasted on finding/organizing and assembling the necessary procurement documents. Web technology with appropriate file sharing will save billions.

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Department of Energy

Modify STRIPES procurement software to facilitate the full job from solicitation to close out

Please modify STRIPES, the new procurement system, to cover the full procurement cycle from solicitation to close out. In particular, the electronic equivilant of the offical award file needs to be visible to all that interact with that award. Also need to make it so that the awardee can submit/upload their deliverables/letters, etc to the awards record/file. There needs to be a logical file structure for each award... more »

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Department of State

A Common Sense Option for Travel and Procurement Requests

Common sense. We all have some degree of it and the famous Revolutionary War author, Thomas Paine, turned the phrase into a call for complete governmental change. I propose the implementation of a "common sense function for travel and procurement funding. This would enable government employees to chose common sense solutions which are cheaper and more effective. This would serve as an appeal process or request for... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Correcting Governments Comberson Procurement Process

I suggest you revamp your entire procurement process to make it less combersom and costly. To do this, you would need an Enterprise system with the step by step requirements imbedded into the system. For instance, when submitting a noncompetitve order, it would take you to the form you are required to fill out. When you needed an invoice approval, upon receipt, it routes the invoice to the CO etc. It would build the... more »

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Department of Energy

Streamline Contract Writing System for all agencies

Streamline the federal Contract Writing System so that all agencies utilize the same system for contracting. This would eliminate the steep learning curve for Contracting Officers going from one agency to another, thus saving training resources as well as time. Additionally, it would allow employees to help other agencies at a moment's notice where help is needed, such as in a disaster situation where Contracting Officers... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Develop procurements throughout the fiscal year

Have program offices and acquisition offices work throughout the fiscal year to prepare solicitations. By waiting until our Agency's appropriations are approved, we create a resource constraint on both our Contract Officers and our Project Officers. As a result, the solicitations we offer to the contracting community aren't clear and the Federal government doesn't receive proposals that truly allow us to capture the... more »

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General Services Administration

Procurement loophole for Tribal and ANC 8(a) firms

There needs to be consistency of the 8(a) sole source allowances in direct federal contracting. While most 8(a)s have a cap on the amount they can be sole sourced ($3 million for services, $5 million for manufacturing), Tribal and ANC 8(a) firms are eligible to receive sole source 8(a) contracts regardless of dollar size, with no upper limit. This creates a huge incentive for subcontracting, as these small and disadvantaged... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Streamline Procurement

Streamline the procurement process for hardware and software to (a) get rid of the "short list" of approved vendors, and (b) eliminate insight/oversight requirements for parts which are in ubiquity in industry. For really ubiquitous items (e.g., fasteners and adhesives), the procurements department could even make bulk purchases and then provide them to programs out of an existing inventory.

It's understandable if the... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Improve Best Value Determinations for Procurement

Improve Best Value Determinations for Procurement

Challenge - to examine procurement “best value” over time, to organization as a whole, instead of treating each effort individually at a specific point in time.

Solution – Provide templates that are easy to build, standardize, available immediately and require little training to quantify upstream and downstream impacts which increase value and decrease costs, over the... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Raise the Procurement Limit on Credit Card Purchases

The current Agency limit of $3K for credit card purchases creates 1000s of extra hours of government and vendor work with little to no extra value. There needs to be a credit card purchase limit to assure that a market survey has been performed but $3K is too low a limit to then turn on a standard government procurement. Significant delays occur in development in awaiting a slower procurement process for off-the-shelf... more »

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