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General Services Administration

Free and Open Source Software

The federal government should use free and open source software (FOSS) such as the Ubuntu operating system and the OpenOffice office suite whenever these products are competitive with similar commercial software. This would result in substantial monetary savings on licensing fees for commercial software with no loss of productivity.

http://www.ubuntu.com/

http://www.openoffice.org/

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Environmental Protection Agency

Reduce Software Development Costs!

Software development via contractors is very expensive and the results are less than satisfactory. When changes are needed it starts at $10K and goes up from there. Instead, hire development contractors on an hourly basis and use EPA personnel as Project Managers to both save money and improve results.

EPA staff uniquely can manage a project to develop a product needed by EPA staff.

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Legislative Branch

Government Software Licensing

Many organizations within NASA make small software purchases and can’t take advantage of large volume software licensing discounts. I would like to see a NASA-wide or government-wide approach to software licensing. Government users should be able to register at a government website, and then download software and associated licenses without any cost assuming a NASA-wide or government-wide license. Users should also be... more »

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Department of Transportation

Foundation Network Services

Investing a nominal amount of money in Foundation Network Services would result in hundreds of millions of dollars in savings over 10 years. Currently, every software application develops it's own personnel database, account/authorization system, organizational hierarchy, and other software components that are common to most applications. Instead, we should develop network based Foundation Services that software developers... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Save Millions by Upgrading Software!

How many government agencies use old software and waste millions of dollars printing paper?

Modern software allows one to fax or email patient information directly to outside companies.

At present, though, the Las Vegas VA uses an antiquated software program that requires staff to print out exam requests, histories, labs, and demographics. All must then be faxed, which waste paper for confirmation of successful or... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

MORE VA software developers; FEWER contract developers

Stop using funds to purchase IT software development through contracting and start hiring VA employees to do software development. VA can hire 2+ software developers for less than it costs to pay a contractor for 1 developer. This would avoid development delays due to contracting problems, would be less expensive and would result in better products because the developers would know they have to support the products... more »

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Department of Defense

Develop Program of Instruction (POI) in database.

Today’s technology is so good proponents should be able to build, add, delete and analyze POI requirements in very little time. The changes are almost real time in day’s weeks not two years.

 

Program of instructions are developed in a word document training support package. Then put into a non industry standard database that could not be sold in the industry for profit.

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Department of Defense

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 Justice

Use OpenSource Software

Office productivity suites, such as MS Office, can easily cost more than $300 per machine (depending on license purchased). And these software are licensed with restrictions that they may not be modified because you don't own software you buy, you are only granted USE it. Already in existance is a fully functional and well-featured office suite called openoffice.org that is not just free but open sourced. Open sourced... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Piggybacking or pooling of software purchases for maximized cost savings @ local level

There should be a mechanism for federal agencies to piggyback or pool resources to purchase software and maximize efficiency of scale. For example, if I want to purchase 1 license of a product, the cost is much higher than if I purchased 500 licenses. If I'm aware of other users of this software across the federal services, ideally I should be able to contact that group to piggyback on their purchase and avoid paying... more »

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