National Gallery of Art

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Save thousands of dollars annually by ...

Background: when using federal dollars for printing jobs, federal agencies must use the Government Printing Office (GPO) and participating contractors. GPO works as intermediary and handles billing/payment through the SPA (Simplified Purchase Agreement) mechanism. A government purchase card can be used or an established deposit account (IPAC)-- the equivalent of automatic withdrawal. Problems #1: too often, a printer ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

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Codify data support systems in procurement

We all know that procurement of goods and services for the federal government is laborious. The very nature of the job is to improve the way we spend the taxpayer dollars with little risk and fast. However, 1102 procurement officers whether an apprentice or journeymen is burdened with the time it takes to maintain the integrity of systems and processes that either do not work, are not counted, or is duplicitous of other ...more »

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General Services Administration

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Notice your cafeteria vendor performance not up to par?

I can only speak for myself, but I have noticed that the onsite cafeteria vendor offerings and staff has declined throughout the year. Granted in my complex, some agencies have scaled back on employees, increased mobile work and alternative work schedules causing the vendor to cutback on costs. Eventually, the vendor will not be able to turn a profit and thus be forced to close their operation all together. My idea ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

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Expand vendors for competition

Don't put limits on who we can purchase from. You give us this tiny list with a few vendors. They can charge us outrageous sums for stuff I could get for 70% less on Amazon or some other online retailer or even at my own onsite retail store. In my service, I needed to buy HDMI cables for 12 TVs... they were almost 20.00 apiece. Amazon was having a sale for same quality and length cords for .98 plus 3.98 S&H. I could have ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

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Improve Money Management By Optimizing Contractor Payments

Money management optimization can save millions for the taxpayer that can be put to better use elsewhere. The government spends billions each year to pay contractors for their goods and services. We have also automated the accounts payable system (EDI) making it paperless. It allows for contractors/vendors to submit electronic invoices and the government in turn pays by electronic funds transfer. This system has become ...more »

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Department of Justice

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Vendor Contracts need to be constantly reviewed

Vendor Contracts need to be constantly reviewed to ensure that the Government is getting a fair market price on goods and services. One example is the trash cans that we buy from our vendor costs us around $90 dollars. At the local hardware store we could get the same or similar trash can for $40 dollars. That is just one example of the many.

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Legislative Branch

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Require Contractors to scan and submit proposals electronically

We have vendors who do business with the government who still deliver their proposals in paper form. We should require them to deliver all proposals electronically. It takes a large amount of time to scan these proposals and label them all. If I could get all of my proposals electronically it would mean quicker processing of propsals and allow me time to work more effectively and efficiently.

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