Showing 26 ideas for tag "procurement"

Department of Homeland Security

Create DHS Ombudsman Office to deal with abuses of power

Create DHS Ombudsman Office to deal with abuses of power that decrease efficiency. This office could address unprofessional behavior that is not criminal. The mandate of this office would be to champion employees who have tried to make improvements or changes to the workplace and have met with organizational resistance brought about by personal bias, laziness, or possibly by efforts made to cover incompetence or illegal... more »

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Legislative Branch

Eliminate the Government Purchase Card Program

Their is no need to have a Government Purchase Card. The only reason that we do have the Purchase Cards is out of convienance. The purchase card can easily be abused and justified. It is not advantageous to have because every purchase can be done through a Purchase Order; thus, eliminating the need to allow members to openly use. A centralized supply command should be set in place that will allow requestors to order... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

DEMYSTIFY & STREAMLINE THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS

A major bottleneck we have had at NIH for YEARS is the lack of communication between contract officers & scientists regarding the preparation of proper requisitions for purchases over the micro purchase threshold. Procurement is the fuel needed to maintain laboratory production & move scientific research forward daily. The ordering process for competitive & sole source purchases involves scientists, purchase agents, &... more »

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Government Accountability Office

Rollover Budgeting: Ensuring Essential Spending Without Waste

I was first introduced to the reality of "use it or lose it" spending in the first year I began my government service as an enlisted U.S. Marine in 1993. This first experience involved being handed a government credit card, an internal SERVMART account, and was then directed to go to the self-service store to spend every last dollar remaining in the account on whatever was available, which was approximately $2,500.... more »

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Department of Defense

Leverage Gov. Buying Power to Cut Cost, Inventory, Time

In the late 1990's DoD demonstrated it could reduce delivery time and cut costs of purchased goods to support the military (this could apply to any agency purchasing goods) by grouping the items in purchases by their common manufacturing processes. Reducing the time to obtain what the government procures, especially critical items, can improve the government's ability to respond to demand surges. Currently the government... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Make a single shipbuilding administration

Currently there are several departments of our government that build ships for their own purposes, e.g. Navy builds warships, Coast Guard builds its Law Enforcement/warships, NOAA builds its research vessels, Army and Marine Corps build warships. At some level, shipbuilding comes down to similar principles of Naval Engineering, yet the people involved become duplicated across each department. In under-resourced departments,... more »

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Department of the Interior

Change Procurement Procedures to Require Lowest Cost Purchases

I have had the frustration when trying to purchase supplies and equipment of researching the lowest cost available on items only to have our procurement office purchase items at a higher cost because they were being purchased from a small business or disadvantaged business rather than a large company. This seems an absurd waste of tax dollars that can add up to a significant amount across the federal government each... more »

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Department of State

Lower ICASS Furniture Pool Costs, Adhere to the Buy America Act

The State Department should purchase furniture for ICASS furniture pools from the cheapest source possible, instead of through their current expensive contract. This change adheres to the procurement guidelines outlined in the Buy America Act (U.S. Code , Title 41, Chapter 1, section 10a). Management Officers worldwide should be encouraged to find the highest quality, but lowest cost supplier for the Department. A master... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Clean up the Small Business Act and SAVE

If we want to SAVE, then please stop forcing purchases of large items, equipment, and other services from "Small Businesses" that simply get the same item, equipment, or service from a large company and mark up the cost by 5 to 25 %. While this is technically legal, it seriously violates the spirit of the law. Close this loophole! PLEASE!

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Department of Energy

Increase Federal Acquisition Regulation Dollar Thresholds

A very simple federal cost cutting idea is to further streamline and expedite procurements by increasing Federal Acquisition Regulation dollar thresholds as follows: 1. FAR 2.101 - Micro-Purchase Threshold Definition: Replace the $3,000 threshold with $10,000. 2. FAR 2.101 - Government Point of Entry: Replace the $25,000 threshold with $100,000. 3. FAR 2.101 - Simplified Acquisition Threshold: Replace the $150,000... more »

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General Services Administration

Centralize USG Procurement & Erase Unintentional Competition

We all know the USG’s Federal agencies, departments, bureaus, contractors etc. spend billions of dollars annually on the procurement of simple goods to run their offices and in-field operations. These are basic products (paper, pens, power cords, post-its etc.) which any entity - public or private - requires to conduct a successful business. The items are mostly small in per-unit-price, yet when extrapolated to support... more »

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Construction Ducuments Digital Vault, Division or Bureau

PROBLEM: typical Construction Documents Sets (like drawings, specifications, contracs, bid packages, etc.) are very large and heavy weight in nature, consuming a lot resources and money from the agencies & customers. SOLUTION: to establish a centralized Digital Vault, so all sets can be submitted, saved & shared in a digital manner, reducing cost of production, cost on filling, shorting access time to all their users,... more »

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Legislative Branch

Extend Time to Obligate/Spend Appropriated Funds

Suggestion: Extend the period of time to obligate appropriated funds for capital investments to at least one year past the point where the budget is signed by the president instead the end of the fiscal year of appropriation. At present, the Federal government is required to obligate funds in the fiscal year in which they are appropriated and authorized. Unfortunately, in recent years we have not been getting budgets... more »

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Department of Defense

Systematic Proposal Evaluation

My idea is the creation of an online database for contracting officers' management of proposals. The database would have entry forms for proposals that are required to be submitted in accordance with the FAR. The entry forms would ensure contractors submit their proposals in accordance with FAR 15 (i.e. each cost element must have a basis of estimate and cost or pricing data or references to cost or pricing data, etc).... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Agency Source Evaluation Board (SEB) Teams

The Government wastes too much time, resources, and money on its procurement process. One huge waste is in how if chooses (employee it can most afford to lose), trains (inconsist and minimally), resources (usually an extra duty), and receives recommendations (no standardized form) from the SEBs. Invartibly the SEB cannot uniformly give a recommendation that is relevent or helpful to the Contracting Officer or the Source... more »

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