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Department of the Interior

Up-to-date Software Saves Time and Money

Update and obtain current software as soon as possible. Private industry is using the most up-to-date software to improve their company and proficiency. The government should do the same. To perform the same task, it takes much longer with older versions of software when it could be done much quicker with new versions of software. An example is using Matlab to search through documents and parse out information instead... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Commit to open standards for software

Currently, the U.S. government spends in excess of $1 billion annually to license software -- software that produces documents that are difficult to access after a few years because the new version of the software often doesn't work with the older documents. Since the document formats are proprietary, we have no way to access these documents other than by maintaining the unsupported older software. This has made transparency... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Stop paying twice for the same software

Separate hardware and software purchases. Often VA purchases hardware with an OS installed that VA already owns. This means that VA pays retail price for something it already has purchased and is paying twice. With few exceptions VA could purchase servers, laptops, and workstations with "no operating system" and save millions of dollars annually. About 20 percent of all hardware purchases include operating systems... more »

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Other Commissions and Boards

Federal Software Development Center proposed

As a senior career software development contractor of over 30 years, I observe monumental wasted effort in reinventing the same or similar applications across different agencies and departments. Significant savings can be realized by synergistic consolidation of knowlege and technology sharing.

My idea is to create a Federal entity to provide a software development infrastructure, and thereby ease the financial burden... more »

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Department of Labor

Shared source code platform across government

Offer a web site with source code control systems that are up and running, and encourage the agency heads to allow the staff at statistical and scientific agencies to use those systems (e.g. subversion and git).

Then software developed by government developers which they are WILLING to share, and can get AUTHORIZATION to share, can in fact be shared and hopefully blossom into cross-agency teamwork and huge savings... more »

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Legislative Branch

Encryption standardization

I suggest a centralized federal information site for encryption issues. I also suggest standardized encryption protocols for federal computers and files. The current FTA system is very fragmented and when implemented lacked sufficient training concerning the encryption/decryption methodology. Since many government files must be encrypted, the process should be standardized throughout the federal workforce.

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Department of State

Establish an interagency community of practice for effective enterprise software design

Create a community of practice for the modification of enterprise software (HR, Budget, Logistics, Procurement, etc) to be maximally productive to the end user while still meeting the requirements of OMB and Congress.

This would include not only functionality of the software - single point of data entry, fewest clicks required to complete a transation - but also the production of reports or cuff records that are useful... more »

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Department of Defense

Open Systems Approach to Peducing Software Complexity

Proposal: Change the way the government develops software so make it more efficient, more stable, less complex, and less costly. Use Coherent Object System Architecture (COSA) to develop true state machines for software.

Statement of Reasoning: Software has become a dominate cost to the government and to industry. Reducing the complexity of software can significantly reduce the cost to produce software. COSA has... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Use free open-source MS Office software equivalent

Use the free Microsoft Office equivalent software instead of buying multiple licenses. This free open-source software has been in use amongst savvy business leaders for sufficient time to become a true MS Office replacement option. Reference = http://www.openoffice.org/) OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Smarter Software Licensing

Negotiate smarter software licensing terms for the most common software tools.
Most federal employees spends some time requesting or fulfilling funding requests to upgrade or maintain a core of 5 to 20 software programs due to "full cost"-like accounting systems. Standard communication, calendaring, and document/image processing software are per-employee overhead costs. These should be dealt with by line-management at... more »

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Department of Energy

Commercial Engineering/Scientific Software License Consolidation

I suggest that commercial engineering/scientific software licenses be consolidated.

It is common to purchase commercial software licenses using government or customer funding, even though the software is already available in-house or at other government organizations. The idea is to reduce costs and improve workforce productivity associated with the acquisition, maintenance, use, availability, and support of common... more »

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