The Dept of Defense had developmed new software called Lightweight Portable Security (LIPOSE) that allows for secure use of VPN. The software is free from their website. This might be the answer to the security problems that prevent some SSA employees from being able to work at home.
Government PCs are rarely if ever upgraded, but rather replaced. The government should purchase PCs that are designed to be upgraded instead of replaced. This could be accomplished by ensuring that newly purchased PCs have industry-standard motherboard form factors (e.g. ATX or BTX), and/or ensuring that the computers' motherboards support substantial RAM and processor upgrades beyond the original specifications. PC ...more »
Every year government recycles computer equipments (desktops, laptops, monitors, printers and unused cartridges) and furniture, most of them in perfectly good working condition. Why not dispense these items to elementary and junior schools in need of these items. An online system can be developed to receive requests from schools desirous of having these surplused items.
The President has asked agencies to review means to provide "Continuity of Services" in a crisis. Well the first crisis is here, the price of doing business has significantly increased this year just because of rising fuel and eletric rates. My Idea is to expand on the excellent idea the president has for Continuity of Services by mandating that all agencies that can provide work from home options begin doing so now. ...more »
Invest in Apple devices: ie Macs, iPhones, and iPads . Throughout the years I’ve seen inexpensive hardware that was purchased to save money. However, due to their mediocre quality in hardware the government would have to replace them at a higher frequency. Granted Macs are common in elementary and high schools for their simplicity. Having the latest Windows OS installed, as a virtual machine, on a Mac would have the ease ...more »
Solving two computer issues would increase government efficiency and save money. Presently, HHS computers receive software updates overnight, and sporadic reminder emails for the updates (1 day to 1 month in advance) result in individuals leaving computers on overnight. Also, security scans, which substantially reduce computing speed, occur throughout the day. Today, I was able to open only one webpage in 35 minutes ...more »
At the EPA, computers are renewed every 4 years. I do not see the need for this. Computers should be used for 6 years before changing.
Whenever the Government needs to cut cost it is always the Education system that feels the pinch which impacts schools, teachers, parents and students. Schools are closed, teachers' are dismissed, classes become crowded and students no longer have the attention needed because everyone is cutting corners just to keep the schools running. If Virtual Classes or Classrooms are offered, either from the home or schools, then ...more »
We have a multi-million, possibly multi-billion dollar contract with Microsoft for the Windows operating system, Office programs and Server software. If we were to switch to Linux based operating systems, software packages and servers (Ubuntu, Mac Lion, Libre Office, etc.) we would instantly save those millions/billions in software licensing costs. In addition to the software being free and open source, it would be more ...more »
Federal (only) Computer Internet kiosks for purposes of: -Internet access for federal government only for ALL agencies. -Have all public agency links. -Individual can apply, file, or find answers to/from pertinnent agency. -This is available for all including those w/o Internet access. -Easy use -benefits (1) less workload for federal employees so less needed now & in the future. Saves $$. (2) benefits the poor and elderly ...more »
Have a clearinghouse for office supplies, furniture, computer equipment, uniforms, anything that people can use that they may not need anymore, or have a surplus on, that other people may need. Instead of always buying new stuff, save money by using something already purchased, or reusing. May also reduce waste. Uniform caches for all agencies that use them, so not always buying new ones, especially if in good condition, ...more »
While this initially seems like a cost-incurring idea, tablet computers could significantly reduce costs in a variety of ways. They could replace desktop computers, laptop computers and Blackberries. Video chat capabilities could replace cell phones (or agencies could opt for a stripped-down cell plan without data or texting) and expensive-but-rarely-used video conferencing equipment. Fewer projectors would be needed, ...more »
My idea is for government departments and agencies to promote the use of GoodSearch.com in lieu of Google or Bing as their default internet search engine. For example, if there are 50,000 employees at an Air Force Base, this would generate an estimated $365,000 per year (assuming a minimum of 3 web searches per day.) Additionally, whatever purchases a government agency needs to make (i.e. specialized software, books, ...more »
This simple step will save hundreds of thousands of dollars (more likely millions) annually in processing and storage costs.
First change the JCL, then copy the data to new datasets using BLKSIZE=0
Create a government operating system using open source software. Based on Linux or BSD. The cost savings for the Army alone is about $85M+ per year for Windows, I dont what more for MS Office, Anti-virus etc. A standard desktop with office suite, internet browser, anti-virus, PDF, disc burning etc is easily attainable with open source. There are plenty of Linux Distro's and several BSD based that prove the point. ...more »