Department of Defense
I suggest you merge the reserve component and guard under a single unified command structure - does away with two independent chains of command and would significantly reduce the overhead - offsets could be given to the active Air Force since they presently cannot meet their taskings at current manning levels
Faster acquisition of commerical products and services. Why can't the government have an "ebay" equivalent in which a bid can be competed and the product delivered within a week or so?
I truely believe that the best way to achieve greater efficiency and cost saving is to promote competition in the government work force. Greater use of incentives, promotions, bonuses and others, similar to the commerical world processes.
I was a contractor for twelve years prior to becoming Civil Service. After becoming Civil Service I noticed a significant disparity at the local level in the amount of funds availalble for contractor personnel to travel for the purposes of professional training and seminars compared to Civil Service personnel. In my experience contractors seem rich in funding provided by the government to travel and train for professional... more »
I suggest changing the mindset when it comes to execution of organizational budgets. This idea is not easy due to appropriation law, but a solution can be worked out. My main point is that if an organization does not fully execute their budget at the end of the fiscal year, particularly if the funding expires, the impact can be doubly damaging. By this I mean that the organization loses money for the current year,... more »
I wrote a document about six years ago on the need to restructure and reorganize DoD for the 21st century. It will save billions of dollars and also change the way warfare is conducted. Please send me an email address where I can send this document to or call me at (717)-605-2298.
Implement energy saving technology on Government installations using current ideas & technology to generate an energy surplus which can be donated to impoverished area or public education institutes, such as wind generation units, solar power generation plants, rain barrels for water reclamation, bio-diverse recycling for energy generation
Reduce the number of desktop computers and networking infrastructure that cost ever increasing amounts to service and protect. Replace networked computers where possible with cheaper handhelds and netbooks with no loss of productivity.
Consolidate all telecommunications in the Defense Information Systems Agency. The Military Departments and Defense Agencies have duplicate systems that overlap. We move the circuits and services to the DISN, turn off the duplicative circuits, and reduce overseas telecommunications staffs.
Frequently an organization’s end of the year leftover funds are spent, many times frivolously, to justify next year’s budget. Instead of penalizing an organization with left over funds, reward and allow them to maintain the same budget.
On our military base, some General's and their spouses have expectations that they can remodel their government-owned home any way they want. Recently, a General requested a countertop be removed from a historic home on the base to be installed in his interim home. The reason was that the General's wife did not like the current countertop, however they would be living in the home for 1 year or less while their permanent... more »
Within DoD, and most likely other Agencies, the Comp and Overtime Hours process needs to be tightened greatly. In the Air Force, a keen observer is likely to see many civilians talking away during duty hours with friends and planning after hours events, golfing times, fishing trips, travel plans, etc...and then, still claiming COMP or even OT hours. These hours are costing DoD and US Govt budget dollars. While the USAF... more »
Be around the Air Force for a while and one will know exactly what this means in workhours consumption. Massive amounts of hours are consumed by enlisted and civilian personnel doing these functions noted in title. Yes...during the workday most often. Qtrly/Annual awards process burns up all sorts of time drafting up the awards, refining them, deciding on awardees, using GPC funds to buy the awards, etc...For the framing... more »
Make an instruction that dictates that personnel that are finished with their computer for the day turn off their monitor.
Replace the Commanding Officer's sedan or other working sedans with Hybrid or electrical powered cars. This suggestion is not for work vehicles. (Only sedan travels.)