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Department of Defense

Get the word out in time

How about getting the word out in a timely manner about suggestions? I got an electronic scan of a paper letter dated 7/23/10 on 7/29/10 @ 1344 (central) saying that last day to submit ideas is 7/29/10. Why does it take a week to send an electronic file around? Why even a letter? Efficiency? yeah, right.

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Department of the Treasury

Replace Cash

Printing money is expensive. We could save money with an automated system. I propose we show our patriotism by getting an American flag tattooed onto our hand – or some patriotic Americans can have it on their forehead. The flag will be specially coded with a small bar code under it that is unique for every citizen. A database will keep track of each person’s accounts.

To enforce this system, cash will become void... more »

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Department of State

Being brief and briefing

Brief why - So many words for a simple thing! Not wise.

Briefing why - Good to catch up with short briefings from colleagues and supervisors!

So here it is, my submission before the extended last day July 29th:

Brevity in words
not in work

Improve work
and relations

Smile and
have patience

Gratitude for
little things

Seize the moment
aspire to greatness

More partners and
friends galore

Google and profile... more »

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Executive Office of the President

CONSOLIDATE FOLLOWING RELATED OMB POLICY FUNCTIONS UNDER ONE OFFICE: ACQUISITIONS, ASSISTANCE, PRIZES AND CHALLENGES

These functions are related and efficiencies could be gained by having one policy office to focus on all of these areas.

Federal acquisition management and federal assistance management are similar in that they both involve providing a substantial amount of funds to nonfederal entities and monitoring how those funds are used to meet specific objectives. Prizes and challenges are funded through grants, contracts, and... more »

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General Services Administration

Government-wide IT Umbrella Purchase Program

The government should setup a standard way of purchasing computers and electronic data systems. The amount of money wasted by not establishing site licenses for common software, or not purchasing off an agency specific contract is tremendous. Every agency sub-component seems to operate a different way and there is no common theme to the IT equipment used within government. This is also true of warranties. There is no... more »

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Legislative Branch

Data collection and analysis: One umbrella ID per Facility

Implement a system whereby each facility that submits data for any program within the federal government be assigned one facility ID. For the purposes of this facility ID system, the federal goivernment should use a consistent definition of facility. Having one umbrella facility ID would make it easier and more efficient for data analysts to use the various data submitted by any given facility and allow easier access,... more »

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Department of Defense

Etools productivity & Team email accounts

A number of our electronic applications were created to assist our headquarters with tracking performance. However, they are non-value added activities that consume our time, but are not useful to us, our customers, or the contractor. I suggest (1) change the tools to provide access to information and status reports to contractors and customers. If we do not have to provide it, we can be working on other requests and... more »

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Department of Defense

Get government out of the business of issuing ID cards to contractor personnel

Get the government out of the business of credentialling contractors - instead mandate contractor credentials be issued through qualified industry associations such as the Federated Identity Cross Credentialling System (FIXS) that enforce business rules on its members that meet government requirements

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Legislative Branch

Employees' Report Card on Programs for Congress

As government contractors and employees that actually spend and account for the funds that Congress give us, we ought to be able provide some feedback (perhaps a website like this) with a report card (quanatative) and twitter-like comments (qualitative) on programs that do and do not work. Maybe this way, Congress could actually see what programs are getting results and which ones are a waste. Then they can choose to... more »

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Department of Defense

Overseas limitation

The five-year overseas limitation should be eliminated. The rule limiting Department of Defense employees serving overseas should be changed. Capable, valuable employees should be permitted to continue to serve for a longer period. Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs would be greatly reduced, effectiveness and efficiency would be greatly improved with this increased continuity of operations. The increased turnover... more »

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Legislative Branch

Make Government Buildings More Efficient!

The US Government is the world's largest owner of buildings. I suggest that every new building be made LEED Platinum or higher, since the initial cost difference is made back within 5 years with the energy and water it saves. Implementing other systems like solar hot water or thin film solar on existing buildings could make a large dent in the power consumption used by the US Government by utilizing distributed energy.... more »

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Legislative Branch

Public service: save taxpayer $ by easily doing more with less

A significant amount of money, in actual costs (purchase-price) and variable costs (personnel time, supplies), are wasted via sloppy procurements and how internal documents are stored/organized. And, the government needs to reward the personnel who create solutions that provide measurable/significant increases in productivity.

PROCUREMENTS
My personal experience is that acquisition planning is non-existent despite tens-of-millions... more »

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