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Take E-government seriously and move beyond email

Most people still think that email is what e-government is. The results is most important information is floating around as email attachements and is never captured in a way that can be built on for the future.

 

Invest in web technology and networking architectures including identity management that will support interconnectivity between applications.

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Establish threshold for small dollar directed contract changes

Current DOE-RL Office policy is to request a proposal from the PRIME contractor for all contract changes and a directed change is not a recommended path forward. the suggested Opportunity is to set a threshold (e.g. $1M) and direct the change with a pre-negotiated fee amount (e.g. 5%). This streamlined process would allow the contractor potential fee of up to $50K. The presents a significant cost avoidance for the... more »

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Regulatory Oversight

DOE has too much overlapping nuclear safety oversight. We need one regulator, one oversight agency. What I propose is to create within the NRC a new Licensing Board analogous to the ASLB. You might call it the Defense Licensing Board. The DLB would rule on actions brought forward by a new Staff organization within the NRC. It would be the Defense Directorate and its Director would report to the EDO. The DLB would be... more »

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Government Leadership in Development of Alternative Energy

We seem to have a chicken and egg problem that Government should take the lead on solving. I am talking about hydrogen fuel cell automobiles. It seems that the only way to reduce green house gas emissions in a significant way is to go to electric vehicles. The problem is that the production of electricity can create green house gas emissions unless wind, solar, hydro or nuclear power is used. The plug-in electric... more »

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In-House Legal Services Charges

Require agencies and cost-reimbursement contractors to charge offices or departments for the in-house legal services that they receive. This could be performed by establishing an in-house hourly billing rate commensurate with full cost recovery. This would reduce the usage of in-house legal departments and justify reducing their staff or out-sourcing their functions, and ensure that services were received only when... more »

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Infrastructure and Energy Efficient Solutions

I have observed and very impressed that a company by the name of Pro Cap Laboratories in Henderson, NV and owned by Andrew Lessman went with total Solar Energy 10 years ago; able to fully reuse/recycle containers for their customer base as well as distributed within the United States and Foreign Countries valuable vitamins for the women in need. Do you believe that an American owned business company could be viewed as... more »

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Reduce DOE/NNSA Travel Costs

Within DOE/NNSA, travel funds for lab, plant, and support contractors flow pretty easily; however, for government employees travel budgets are greatly restricted, as they require the use of very limited "Program Direction" funds. Many times it is easier to schedule a meeting in DC (where costs are high), with a large number of people traveling from the national labs and/or plants, rather than utilizing a more central... more »

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Financial System Overhaul

The Dept of Energy's Financial System is trapped in the 1950s. It is too slow and cumbersome to be useful to project managers. For example, cost perfromance for May isn't known unknown until late June. If a project manager see a perfromance issue they must submit the financial change by early July for it to be implemented by the end of August. Given this three month lag (May to August) in being able to correct financial... more »

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Financial Burdens Demo

Suggestion: Immediately create a demo project for reporting NNSA encumbrances into the official Department of Energy (DOE) Finanical System. Background:, -- DOE Laboratory encumbrances on the uncosted portion of commitments are real financial liabilities on work that is often already completed but not yet billed. This is money that is not available to programs or Congress for repeal. -- Given the tight budgets, long... more »

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Eliminate 2011, Annual Bonuses and Performance Awards

Eliminate the bonuses and performance awards for FY2011. The projected 1% cap on these awards for this year, would cost more to process these awards than the actual amount awarded. In our current economic crisis this is not an effective way to reward employees. Cost saving to the Federal government could be potentially large, if enforced across the Federal government for FY2011.

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Install Solar Powered Automatic Facility Louvers

By installing solar powered automatic louvers on facilities, the interior space will havce reduced heat, thus reducing cooling needs. Automatically, this will allow full use of light during cloudy days and at night, but will close to a dertermined amount allowing light in but blocking direct sunlight. No user interface needed, low maintenance and no electricity needed due to sloar power.

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Reduce Duplication of Effort and Increase Standardization

Presently, there is a significant amount of duplication of certain work within the federal government as a whole, and even significant duplication of efforts internal to a given agency. Total government budgets could be reduced substantially, or more of the annual budget could be made available to apply to new work if the duplication was eliminated. While there has been some movement toward efficiency (e.g., Employee... more »

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