Department of Homeland Security

Commericial shipping

As fuel costs continue to go up, the cost for shipping goods is increasing. I suggest establishing Government wide contracts that could provided suitable reduced cost shipping. For example, UPS has a account established for the Government that has the ability to save 50 - 80% over commercial shipping through UPS. Specific example a pallet weighing 350 lbs shipped from DC/MD/VA commercially through UPS to Miami FL,... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

GSA Fleet Vehicles

We have a number of GSA fleet vehicles that are gas guzzlers. Now that hybrid and natural gas technology are available with a number of American car dealerships, I would like to recommend that all government agencies with fleet vehicles upgrade to more environmentally friendly vehicles when the contracts are up. This way, we help to save gas usage (saving the American taxpayers money), as well as helping the environment.... more »

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Department of Defense

ELIMINATE COMMERCIAL AIRLINE CONTRACT FLIGHTS

There is very little need for GSA exclusive contracts with airline companies that charge the government extraordinary amount for the same flight. Government workers can book their own flights online for hundreds, even thousands less. For example, flights from DAY to DCA are about $1300 while it can be found on Kayak or Expedia for less than $300. Most travel are not cancelled, cancellation fees should be deductible... more »

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Department of Defense

GSA Vehicle Service Agreement

As the number of GSA vehicles in our fleet grows, more and more time and fuel is spent shuttling these vehicles in town to an authorized service center for the most basic of needs. We are not according to contract authorized to use shop supplies, equipment, of facilities to do the simplest items of maintenance and upkeep. It seems counter productive when a vehicle needs a headlamp, windshield wiper blade, oil change,... more »

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General Services Administration

Adjust GSA Advantage Prices to Reflect True Market Pricing

I am walking a fine line here and I don’t want to disclose part numbers and suppliers but can do so upon request. The prices in this example are real but the suppliers name and part numbers have been altered for confidentiality. Note: GSA Advantage is a required source of supply that has priority over commercial sources as referenced in FAR 8.002 Example 1: Received quote from supplier XYZ for 10 pieces of part AAA... more »

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General Services Administration

Partner w/Private Industry To Lower Online Govt. Retail Costs

Billions are spent each year by federal government agencies on IT infrastructure to run their online (and outdated) legacy retail efforts. Now, in today's tough economic times, efforts to update these systems may never happen due to high costs. As an alternative, utilizing private systems. For ex., Amazon.com Inc's cloud computing unit might provide one logical alternative. Amazon Web Services started small in 2006 by... more »

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Department of the Interior

Change Policy and Reimbursement Rates on Motorcycles and Planes

The mileage rates for private motorcycles (definitely) and private airplanes (possibly) should be reduced, and the policy under which they are used or reimbursed should be reevaluated and changed. As of now if you take a personally operated vehicle (POV; i.e your personal car or truck) when a government vehicle (GOV) is available, you are rightly reimbursed for mileage at a smaller rate (something like 19 cents versus... more »

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Department of Defense

Save billions by using military instead of contractors

The Government pays contractors billions of dollars to do installation projects that could be accomplaished by assets that are already in place! I work in the Telecommunications field and have deployed twice to Iraq and Afghanistan to install communications on bases there. I also went to Iraq for 1 year as a contractor. I made more money in the one year as a contractor (over 170k) than I did the other 2 combined! And... more »

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National Science Foundation

Do not buy any more snacks or break food

GSA and GAO have been arguing over this issue for years. It is a waste of taxpayer funds for agencies to pay for coffee breaks, "snacks", or other food and beverages with appropriated funds. This happens all of the time using the purchase card on the grounds that these are not "meals" and are for panelists or "visitors" on technical travel status. Remove this loophole in the FTR, issue mandatory guidance on the subject,... more »

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Department of the Interior

Digitized & Downloadable Federal Park Maps

The National Park Service currently pays millions of dollars to print park maps for visitors. Ironically, they just fall apart after being used. They are also cumbersome to keep safely stored and away from the weather. My suggestion is for the National Park Service to offer visitors the option of downloading park maps onto their phones/pc in advance of their trip, or when they enter the park. Since most phones now... more »

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Department of Transportation

Fewer Government Vehicles

We have a large pool of government vehicles to choose from, but for most of the year they just sit in the parking lot and only a few are checked out on a daily basis. Rather than having enough vehicles to cover heavy volume days, why not just have enough for the average day. It seems like it would be much cheaper to occasionally pay an employee mileage for driving their POV rather than buying and maintaining government... more »

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Department of Transportation

GSA GOVs

GSA is allowed to add surcharges on top of GOV contract prices any time, with multiple changes in one year. As with other contracts, the prices should not be subject to change or be able to be added to by charging surcharge fees based upon fluctuation in gas prices until the contract is renewed. The price charged per mile used on the vehicles more than compensates for gasoline used. The government is paying more for... more »

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General Services Administration

Virtual Conferences/EXPO

Conferences can be held completely online. A virtual conference is a fully interactive event that incorporates training, live chat, active movement in and out of exhibit booths and sessions, and a location for vendor presentations and demonstrations. The attendees can visit any booth or training session, and communicate with other attendees by moving their avatar around the conference floor. Let's start with GSA EXPO!... more »

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Legislative Branch

GSA conferences and other training

Everyone uses these training conferences as a vacation to go to Las Vegas or Fla, etc. You don't learn anything there and spend $2,000 per person for training.We need to get rid of this and spend the money on legimate training or courses for our job.

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