Showing 12 ideas for tag "acquisition"

Department of the Treasury

Remove coins and save production costs

Stop making nickels and pennies. The production costs of these two coins far outwiegh their usefullness.

There is also a large percentage of these fixed costs that goes to raw materials.

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Legislative Branch

Hire unemployed recent law school graduates for Contracting Jobs

There are significant numbers of recent law school graduates who are unemployed and facing a significant debt load. These are bright men and women who have a strong aptitude for the contracting and acquisition field. With minimal additional training, these enterprising people will be able to jump into the contracting and acquisition roles and significantly reduce the cost of mismanaged acquisitions and relieve the crisis-level... more »

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Department of Defense

Remove Milestone Pass Incentives

Remove personnel incentives to pass program milestones in ANY acquisition program. Personal grades and promotions should be on successful management of a program, not if it passes milestones. Successful management can include stopping a program and rolling it back to a previous milestone if so warranted.

If a program is created with bad requirements, has poor implementation, has insufficiently developed technology,... 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 Defense

Cancel the JSpOC Mission System acquisition

The JSpOC Mission System (JMS) currently being bid for and led by the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) under Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) is a redundant, bloated effort to replace aging stovepiped systems with new(er) non-industry standard stovepiped systems derived from code almost a decade old, completely ignoring the guidance set forth in DoD Directive 5000.1. The current Commerical-Off-The-Shelf products... more »

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Department of Defense

Stop Paying Contractors for Hours Not Incurred

On Time and Material (T&M) contracts, contractors receive payment from the government for all hours performed. They are entitled to this payment according to FAR 52.232-7. The unintended consequence of this regulation is that contractors get paid for the uncompensated overtime their employees work. In English this means that an employee will work 50 hours on a contract, get paid for 40 hours, and the contractor will... more »

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Legislative Branch

reduce regulation and oversight

it seems the threshold for value added vs fraud waste and abuse avoided was crossed years ago. the expense of laws, regulations and directives regarding federal acquisition designed to prevent fraud waste and abuse are likely far exceeding the benefits. we could perhaps regulate simply by having tougher penalties for fraud waste and abuse, penalties that are surely motivators to prevent it, as well as rewards for highlighting... more »

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Department of Defense

Modernizing DAU Online Course Delivery

I have never been a fan of online courses, particularly ones where a student simply clicks through a set of slides. However, online course delivery has evolved into a format that is not only cheaper, but one which can actually provide a higher-quality learning experience than a traditional classroom.

Universities around the world are now providing virtual classrooms for their students. I encourage you to view MIT’s free... 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 Defense

Accountability?

How does one assist its agency with reducing federal spending, when a subset of the agency’s leadership forces subordinate federal employees to violate the Anti-Deficiency Act and retaliates against the subordinate employee(s) by issuing them a notice of suspension for Insubordination/Refusal to Obey Orders/Defiance of Authority for the alleged non-compliance of violating 31 U.S.C. 1314 (a)(1)?

Are the following options... more »

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Department of the Interior

Simplified Acquisitions through IDIQ

One of the most frustrating parts of working for the government has been that when you find a good contractor who performs well you can't hire him back without going through a terribly expensive acquisition process and half the time you still don't get the contractor. Also you can’t get work done because the acquisition process is so slow and cumbersome. And lastly nothing is more frustrating than spending over a third... more »

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Department of Energy

Cradle-to-Grave Acquisition System

Agencies have individually assembled tools to manage their acquisition processes, but have based these processes on one set of acquisition rules including the FAR and reporting requirements like those for FPDS. The government should offer a one-stop system that assists with all phases of acquisition, contract management, and disposal of excess property. Acquisition personnel could avoid recreating specifications through... more »

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