National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Limit NASA Sponsored Summits

NASA sponsors several summits that are not directly related to NASA's mission. For example, the NASA IT Summit. Although this summit may be useful to those in the IT community, NASA is not in the business of developing IT. If we are serious about saving money, then these types of activities that do not relate to NASA's core mission, should be canceled or held less frequently. Another alternative would be to hold on-line ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

GUARDIAN Collaboration System

We are the best nation in the world but our eyes cannot see what the feet are doing. When a manager is given a budget they are strongly compelled, if not ordered, to spend this entire budget. The consequence to their unit are dire and include a lower budget and possible the reduction of the very innovators that made these saving possible in the first place. It may seem this financial crisis appears to be the problem but, ...more »

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Department of Energy

Open the door to Open Source Software

At my location, open source software is considered insecure and a security risk. I have presented a number of open source solutions in order to save money around the complex, but nobody wants to take the plunge. A few examples would be Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) for hard drive sanitization, LimeWire for conducting surveys, Google Apps for Government, and Linux for a desktop. We currently use commercial solutions ...more »

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Department of Energy

IT Development

Many government agencys have duplicative IT development efforts going on within their Agency because the Agency's CIO does not have the authority or responsibility to oversee all Agency IT development efforts. Make each Agency's CIO responsible for all IT development within the Agency. The CIO would receive all the Agency's IT funding. All IT efforts would have to be approved through the Agency's IT Configuration Control ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Eliminate licensing costs for online training and share con

Almost every Agency, Bureau and Office is paying for one--if not several--technology platforms to deliver online learning courses. The costs are in the millions of dollars and the satisfaction level is generally pretty low. What's more, each agency is paying to develop similar mandatory training modules (such as Ethics, No Fear Act, Sexual Harassment, Cyber Security). A conservative estimate shows that moving to an open ...more »

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General Services Administration

Eliminate the ACSI survey and replace with a forum

The ACSI survey is the popup survey that you see when you visit an agency's webpage. But the surveys have way too many questions, it takes too long to do, and agencies are not required to make any changes based on the feedback provided from the survey. So I suggest that each agency have a feedback page where visitors can post their comments and the agency is required to make these public. So if the agency has a very ...more »

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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 Labor

Paperless News Releases - Use Technology

My agency releases Principal Federal Economic Indicator data to the press via lockups. At these events, agency representatives carry stacks and stacks of paper with details like "the last time" something happened or a number was that high, how this number "compares to past numbers", etc. When someone asks a question, they have to dig through this material to find the answer as all lockups are precisely timed. After ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Save Computer Drive & Email Space with Expiration Dates

If there were automatic expiration dates on emails sent out by management/supervisors, etc., it would help clear virtual space on the computer email and drives, thus maintaining a lower memory/storage and speeding up the computer's applications. Many agencies have a time-retention timeframe requirement for people holding onto Personally identifiable information contained in emails and old work. This would also lighten ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

FDCC/USGCB/CIS-configured operating systems from factory

Per the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), federal information systems must be hardened according to security configuration standards such as the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC), the U.S. Government Configuration Baseline (USGCB), and the Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmarks. Government (and contractor) IT shops spend countless hours configuring new and existing systems to ensure ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Federal IT Professionals

The Government spends way too much money on contractors, and one the of biggest examples where it is unnecessary, and actually damaging is in the Information Technology field. There is absolutely no justification to allow a contractor to provide any form of IT help whatsoever, and this is solely from a security stand point (not even considering competency). Hiring a fed at a 7/9/11 GS level to do help desk work Tiers ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Back to Technology Basics

All documentation within our systems should be electronic, as it allows us to better manage, organize, store, transport and replicate information. We will save a lot, by implementing this initiative completely. With the production of large amounts of documentation there is a lot of overhead. Agencies must supply not only the printers but all the parts to maintain them – along with service contracts and of course, paper. ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Single Sign-On for Government Computer Systems

The proliferation of multiple password standards in the government results in higher overhead costs. When passwords are forgotten, IT support must step in to reset them, resulting in lost productivity on the part of the user and the use of additional support resources. Use of a single sign on function for all government systems would keep support costs lower by limiting the number of password reset requests, while increasing ...more »

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