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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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