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Orderly Transformation of Government

Every 4 to 8 years a new administration is elected. Each is elected on the basis of unique ideas for how to engage government in service to the public. To transform policy to practice, it becomes necessary to restructure all or part of the federal government--a worthy and necessary effort, but one that repeatedly inflicts high costs in process, time, production, training, and staff morale. When the process lingers, the ...more »

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Save the Trees

Highly recommend and/or require government agencies to set their computers and printers to automatically print on both sides of each piece of paper concerning printed material anything larger then 5 pages long.

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Reduce The Cost of Employee Travel (Airfare)

Currently a VA employee must utilize government contracted airlines while on VA travel orders. The cost of these flights are often DOUBLE the amount of a non-government contracted flight.

 

Please allow employees to choose the lowest priced flight (whether it be contracted or not).

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Purchasing Priorities

Purchases with goverment funds should be reviewed based on a priority scale to ensure that goverment agenceys buy things that are needed instead of things that are wanted. A scale could be implemented cheaply and tracked through cumperters to allow for a budget that can reflect needs over wants, this would give an extra level of oversite of purcheses to persons running budgets. For example a simple priority list could ...more »

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Quality Computer databases/programs

I strongly suggest accurate evaluation/useage reviews which result in much more user friendly, efficient workable quality assurance computer databases! Private industry has numerous types which integrate Customer correspondences, audit requirements,performance results/history as well as contractor history, conducted meetings and their results and product verification records, results comments and resulting corrective ...more »

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1VMIS

1VMIS is the idea to adopt a Federal-wide Vehicle Maintenance System such as DHS/ICE "Sunflower" fleet maintenance system. At present, there are myriads of systems used by individual agencies requiring individualized training and agency specific records. This is outdated and one system that all Federal agencies adopt will provide agency cross-over familiarity, less training and confusion across agencies while providing ...more »

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Penalties for Meritless GAO Bid Protests

GAO bid protests ensure that federal procurements are conducted fairly. They also consume a tremendous amount of personnel hours and resources for the responding agency, not to mention result in acquisition delays. If or when the GAO determines that a protest is meritless or spurious, there should be a mechanism in place for the protestor to compensate the federal treasury for the government time and resources expended. ...more »

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Require Return Of Wrong Or Excess Purchased Material

The government purchases many items for many activities. At times, these materials are one off’s or custom parts. Many more times these parts are ordinary items that are required for specific purposes. The problem is when the project is built, or the adaption is finished or even canceled, parts are left over. Often these parts are in original packing, or in like new condition. They are placed into storage. Very often ...more »

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Pay Market Value for Office Space

In 2009 I was a bargaining unit participant in the negotiations process for relocation of a Field Office in Ontario, OR. The Field Office had a total of 9 employees, including the contracted guard. The FO was lucky if it served 100 in office customers in a day. During the negotiations process I was given a copy of the lease agreement developed and signed by GSA for the new building that was being built for Social ...more »

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Audit GSA Leases and Operating Costs

I am amazed at how much money we pay out each year to Landlords withough requireing a complete Operating Cost reconciliation at year end to substantiate monies paid. Often time lessor submit protest for Real Estate Taxes and don't pass the savings to the government.

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Project award process and cost overrun control.

The government has a problem with project cost overruns. Many times a project is awarded for a fixed cost. Then the contractor has cost overruns during the project that the government has to pay to close the project. The purposed plan is to use @Risk decision process for predicting the total cost of the project with cost overrun precentage factored in the total cost. This process will give the government a risk assement ...more »

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Keep HQ offices in National Capital Region

Too many federal agencies are creating satellite HQ offices which are a duplication of services. Eliminate all HQ offices not in NCR and require them to be serviced from the NCR. The NCR is the Seat and Home of the Federal Government. These agencies are wasting and abusing money by creating unnecessary offices in other locations. Regional offices and field offices should have their own minimal support services. Government ...more »

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