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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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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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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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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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Agencies Share Information

Be able to verify citizenship through DHS, verify SSN through social security, verify income through IRS, etc. could save so much time and energy and avoid fraud.

HAve our computers talk to each other and allow us to access information through a common web site.

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FED IPHONE APPs

Have more Federal Agencies have IPhone App's.

This would allow greater and quicker access and enhance learning of fellow agencies. This would also allow more transparency and allow faster public access. We could have our computers streamline the information and delegate out the information.

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USE UNEMPLOYED VETERANS (60,000)

Many veterans are returning home with physical limitations or returning home with no job to go to. Instead of using a contractor for our security jobs, use our vterans. Many veterans even with physical limitations could sit around and watch a camera for better security. This could save lots of money by doing away with the contractor and contracted employees, less unemployment benefits going out the door!

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Do not use GSA for property management

Do not use GSA for property management. Permit the Agencies to put bids out for local service contractors, etc. Permit the Agencies to obtain facilities that they deem appropriate and to put bids out for leasing of office space. Permit Agencies to obtain office supplies and working materials at a local retailers and not from GSA.

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FEDERAL E-LIBRARY

Have like a federal e-library where all information is stored such as all HR, magazine subscriptions, news articles, etc. that employees can access to read. This would cut the cost of subscriptions and have a common communication site for all employees. Labeled Icons could be used instead of menus.

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Calculate Services Contract Act (SCA) Rates in Advance

Labor Rates for Government Contracts are determined using the Services Contract Act (SCA) of 1965. The premise of this, to make sure people are paid at a rate that is comparable to the locality, is excellent. The way this is implemented costs the government and tax payers a great deal of money. The SCA rates are calculated in arrears, often several years after the work is completed. This causes government contractors ...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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Stop Small Business Set Asides and the 8(A) Program

In theory the programs work, but in practice there are too many flaws. Contractors know these flaws and capitalize on them. The government needs to fix these flaws or get rid of the programs altogether. The programs were intended to give opportunities to small businesses. For example, the 8(a) program gives qualified contractors the opportunity to receive "sole-source" contracts (not exceeding $3.5 million for goods and ...more »

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