Executive Office of the President

New Collaborative Federal Employee SAVE Network

We need a SAVE network. We are a complex and diverse set of departments, organizations, agencies, committees, and boards that aren't networked. There is very little transparency into the operations, capabilities, processes, or practices of other government orgs and we assume that our experiences apply across the government. The SAVE Award buys into the notion of a one-size fits all government and focuses on low hanging ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Document Collaboration

All agencies can benefit from secure document collaboration spaces, similar to Google Docs. The collaboration space could be made more secure for classified or sensitive documents. This would save server space required for E-mails, as people would no longer have to E-mail large files to eachother. The cost for purchasing, housing and maintaining servers would significantly decrease. This would also prevent printing of ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

DITCH THE MIDDLE-MUDDLE: Direct & Smart VA Claims Processing!

Today, now, VA has networks and programs mature enough to POTENTIALLY ACHIEVE completely PAPERLESS PROCESSING for many COMPENSATION CLAIMS on the COST-AND-TIME-INTENSIVE FRONT END. This can be done by PUTTING THE claims processor (VSR) and THE VETERAN claimant TOGETHER by phone, Internet, or face-to-face from the very beginning of the claim process, creating a REAL-TIME, TRANSPARENT COLLABORATION with TRUE TIMELY OUTCOMES.. ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Federal Resources Listing and Phone Directory

The Federal Government could realize a significant cost savings by eliminating the need for the unecessary purchase of materials and hiring of staff which might already exist and be available at any given agency for a short-term period. In essence this would entail an updated contact listing of resources to include physical materials, human assets, and expertise. For example, if an agency had the need for the services ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Intra /Interagency Information Sharing & Collaboration

Across the federal government, employees must often rely on contacts in other offices or agencies, or inefficient, outdated websites to find information. From how to reserve a conference room to learning who works with the private sector across the interagency, finding information across the government is bafflingly difficult. Why is finding information or collaborating with others so much harder in government work than ...more »

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Department of Education

Stop purchasing new tools for internal collaboration and use MAX

The MAX Federal Community is a nuanced, robustly supported Atlassian Confluence wiki that 47,000+ Executive Branch Feds are on right now. Among other things, it supports the Budget Formulation & Execution Line of Business, but it can be used for any governmental purpose. Spaces can be easily configured to be agency-only or interagency; open or restricted, and they can be customized to meet the needs of the group. It ...more »

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Department of Energy

System for Document Routing, Collaboration System

DOE lacks a document management system that would facilitate collaboration and approval routings across the entire Department. Such a system would save much time expended individually routing documents and soliciting feedback. The right system could replace RevCom, the antiquated directives review system. This would hasten reviews and responses to comments.

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Department of Energy

Make Plans and Specifications Available to the Public

Agencies declare their intentions to introduce or revise programs in the Federal Register. Yet they do not have to publish drawings and specifications for construction or fabrication of real and personal property. This often causes problems because agencies rarely involve the public unless required by local authorities, putting off feedback from a concerned public only after execution, when the construction or fabrication ...more »

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Department of Energy

Cradle-to-Grave Acquisition System

Agencies have individually assembled tools to manage their acquisition processes, but have based these processes on one set of acquisition rules including the FAR and reporting requirements like those for FPDS. The government should offer a one-stop system that assists with all phases of acquisition, contract management, and disposal of excess property. Acquisition personnel could avoid recreating specifications through ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Learning & Training Collaboration

Here is my idea. The Learning and Training Community in the Federal Government is composed of all, or mostly all, Federal agencies. Each Federal agency provides and delivers the required supervisory training, leadership training, and technical training courses. However, each agency purchases many of these commonly delivered courses separately. The interagency Chief Learning Officer Council has started a trend to share ...more »

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Department of Commerce

Science Collaboration: transparency of research/methods

There are 3 main benefits from boosting collaboration and increasing transparency within a governmental organization such as NOAA including increase public trust, reduced costs on training new lab members and/or students, and increased 'talk' between labs thus pushing the science forward. With rising costs of more complicated experiments, increasing scientific collaboration is one of the hottest issues today. There ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Wastful travel

So often I see colleagues take trips to only be on site for a single day, if not a few hours, and only be traveling there for a single purpose. These flights can be several thousand dollars and it seems like a waste of precious dollars if they are only on the ground for a short period of time. I would like to see a percentage of each division's trips be required to be less narrow minded. This means, a federal employee ...more »

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