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Department of the Interior

Eliminate Fax Machines

Eliminate fax machines and utilize the capabilities of the computer. Each computer has the capibility to send and receive faxes, which are not being consistently used throughout the government. This would eliminate costs associated with the purchase of physical fax machines, additinal telephone lines, etc.

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General Services Administration

open source software

US government should switch to open source software. They are free and literally free from hacker attacks and viruses. Just think about the amount of money each and every agency has to spend upgrade windows base office programs. Then multiply it by number of agencies. This is a total waste, because none of us use even 10% of the available features of fancy programs. Why do we spend millions, if not billions of dollars... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Web Development Cost Reduction

Many government entities use Adobe Coldfusion for web applications. Consider the use of open-source cfml engines (Railo, Blue Dragon) for lower priority development and deployment. This model can be extended to database servers as well: SQL Server to MySql for instance. I would not recommend a complete migration. I only suggest off-loading non-critical development.

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Legislative Branch

Bring back MUMPs programers

Try and get the programmers who wrote DHCP and the other various packages to come back and write the finance and a&mm packages that are needed (instead of trying to use COTS) and also have them teach others how to write the code/software. Create a new group that combines the old programming with the new. Maybe this is being done already, but although the old packages look clunky, they work.

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Department of Agriculture

Discontinue FDCC's One-System-Fits-All Requirement

Within the USDA, recommendations of the FDCC seem to be treated as law. The one-size-fits-all approach is a long outdated one, especially when it comes to computing environments. For example, the system needs and demands of a software developer are far different than that of a standard office user. Large sums of money are spent on high-powered systems on which the factory-installed operating system and utility software... more »

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Department of Energy

Stop wasting energy on chargers and computer use

Some of the biggest abusers of energy consumption are people who leave lights on or phone chargers plugged in all the time. Some items draw ebergy wether they are being used or not. I think all federal members should be held responsible if they leave items plugged in, draining energy without any reason. Instead, offer docking stations that alternate from solar power, to normal energy, thatare not hooked up into the normal... more »

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Department of Energy

PCs left on for days at a time...

The User Service Center (IT Department) for the U.S. Energy Information Administration updates the computer systems every Thursday evening. Employees recieve an email reminder to leave their PCs on overnight Thursday. Many government employees compress their 40 hour work weeks so that they have either Friday or Monday off (or both) or work remotely on these days. Therefore, the majority of the computers in EIA will... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Using System Center Configuration Manager to save energy

I've successfully implemented an IT strategy that turns computers on and off as needed to apply updates and ensure they are turned off when not needed. An organization with 1000 computers will save over 75K per year. Virtualization and thin clients are coming within the next two years for lower energy and maintenance costs as well. Below are excerpts from my plan.
E. ENERGY CONSERVATION
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Department of the Treasury

Stop furnishing computers to employees and contractors

Stop furnishing computers to employees and contractors -- virtualize instead. Millions of dollars could be saved by changing approach to equipment provisioning in the large unclassified information area. Instead of buying desktops and laptops, access to a virtual desktop could be provided through much lower cost equipment. I know some agencies are already moving in this direction. If approach were adopted faster and... more »

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Department of the Interior

STOP MULT BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR SEASONALS, and ease up on volunteers

Stop the rediculous duplication of effort with multiple security background checks for seasonal employees. Once a federal check is done, it should be good for 3-5 years (whatever the time period) from any agency/unit (park) that initiated it. Not only will you save money (these reports are not cheap!), time (which is money) of current employees processing the same thing over and over, you will be able to employ the new... more »

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