Showing 28 ideas for tag "software"

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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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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Department of the Interior

Open Source Software

Open Source software has proven to be reliable and effective in numerous organizations and governments around the world. Operating systems such as Ubuntu, servers such as Apache, and desktop software like OpenOffice.Org all provide free alternatives to software that we spend millions of dollars to license. If we simply moved our network servers onto Apache from licensed proprietary systems we would save a fortune, while... 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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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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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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Executive Office of the President

A pilot program for movement to free software

Although there have been many great suggestions on moving to "open source" software, I'm going to make a slightly different pitch: that the government should create a pilot program to reduce the amount spent on costly licenses and reinvest that money in freely licensed software products that answer government needs but also may be applicable to the private sector. This isn't an appeal for a movement to "open source"... 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 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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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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