Legislative Branch

Rechargeable Batteries

Mandate that all batteries purchased with Federal dollars be rechargeable (if the size of battery comes in rechargeable). If there is a piece of equipment that requires non-rechargeables (or lithium) in order to perform properly, then require an exception to policy to be turned in with each purchase. This would not cost the Federal Government any money to implement (outside of very minute administrative costs),... more »

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Mandatory Recycling in DoD

Require all Federal and/or DoD installations to recycle. Not only that recycling is "available" but that it is MANDATORY. The average estimates for installations that offer recycling is about 35% recycled. The goal is about 50%. In reality, we are federal employees and we know how to follow regulations. If recycling was required, we could make this percentage closer to 90% and provide HUGE cost avoidance savings.... more »

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In Vessel Composter

Mandate the purchase of In-Vessel Composters at all DoD installations that have housing and dining facilities. This idea falls under cost avoidance. DoD installations pay for waste disposal, and an in-vessel composter would pay for itself in less than 4-7 years (depending on solid waste disposal prices at each location). The composter would also provide mulch and landscaping materials that would provide further cost... more »

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Eco Font

Mandate Eco Font on all Federal correspondence, reports, memoranda, and forms.

 

The "eco font" has microscopic holes in each letter, and saves in printing costs. The font could be loaded onto each Federal Government computer so that users would have it readily available when creating documents.

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Department of Defense

Use Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) for IT Cost Savings

The idea is to use an open standard Enterprise Service Bus that integrates the functionality of a service oriented architecture (SOA), which can create a more agile and effective enterprise solution, to significantly reduce cost, provide a more flexible and adaptable environment, and resolve current interoperability issues that hinder the use of web technologies.This solution will: 1. Reduce cycle time of IT acquisition... more »

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Department of Defense

Enterprise Cybersecurity Strategy

One of the most significant issues when developing or acquiring new IT technologies is inconsistent and inadequate cybersecurity measure’s to meet Government IT requirements. In most cases, security is often overlooked, or not considered until much later in the process. By not addressing security early and often throughout the lifecycle, it can pose significant risk to Servicemembers, the DOD, National Security, cause... more »

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Department of Defense

Use Best Practice and Open Competition in Acquisition

Mandate Open Competition. Issue: use of traditional systems integrators and now the reduced number of contract vehicles, has inadvertently and unintentionally limited the options available to DOD to contract necessary work in support of its customers and mission. These limited options have caused the continual use and re-use of a select number of traditional systems integrators. These systems integrators by their business... more »

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Department of Defense

Knowledge Based Acqusition

The government should make major acqusitions knowledge-based and hire qualified acquisition personel and IT experts. In my opinion this will help provide expansion of the available options, consistent with DoD policy adjustments and streamlining activities (FASA, 1994). Additionally this best practice is consistent with current and ongoing initiatives to reclaim greater involvement, management, oversight direction and... more »

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Department of Defense

Enterprise-wide requirements management for Acqusition

In the DOD there is not an effective requirements management process for the acquisition programs. E.g. the requirements for the current electronic health record “AHLTA” came from an evolving set of capabilities and has spanned decades in development. Over the course of time, requirements changed or became flawed with no traceability of requirements from capability needs through design, test and implementation. Some the... 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 the Interior

Eliminate dubious travel

On occasion, government travel is scheduled for employees to meet at non-government (e.g. hotels) sites to conduct business with their government peers. This should be eliminated. GSA has already leased buildings to the government, so therefore, the meetings should occur on the grounds of the federal property that is leased to the Department/Bureau/Agency. Offsite meetings tend to be an excuse for going on a vacation... more »

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Judicial Branch

Penalize Immigration Lawyers for Frivolous Lawsuits

The government is currently wasting millions processing frivolous immigration lawsuits being initiated by shady lawyers taking advantage of their clients. This is particularly true for those seeking asylum. Start reporting these guys to the state bar, strip them of their license, and charge them court costs after a pattern of frivolous lawsuits. Too many are just able to continue practicing with no penalty. Establish... more »

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