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Department of Defense

Automatic computer shutdown and restart.

I recommend installing hardware or software that allows the user to determine the time of day their computers would automatically shutdown and restart. Too often I see computers around our office that have been left on overnight and through the weekends. This has the potential to save over 66% in computer energy use (16 hours a day off, plus weekends).

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Environmental Protection Agency

Reduce PC costs with Netbooks and Cloud computing.

A huge portion of our budget is spent on purchasing computers. These costs can be reduced significantly.

Everyone in my office is issued a laptop that includes a DVD/CD-ROM and an 80 GB hard drive. DVD/CD-ROMs are rarely used, and the 80 GB capacity is much more than is necessary, especially since most of our files are available through shared drives.

A significant amount of money could be saved if, instead of these... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Utilize Computer Systems to Full Potential

Computer systems in use by the government are capable of document management that is not being fully utilized. Systems are being used for a single, narrow-focused purpose that ignores the integrating functions of the system. Instead, files are kept in paper format, in paper folders, that need warehouses and document management personnel to monitor. Instead of using all of these resources, we should use the computer... more »

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Legislative Branch

Don’t allow wireless peripherals on desktop computers

Don’t allow the purchase of wireless peripherals for desktop computers. Wireless mice, keyboards, and other devices are not necessary for desktop computers. They have a higher purchase price than traditional devices with wires, and they have higher operating costs because their batteries must be constantly replaced.

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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 Transportation

Computer Powersave option

Instead of having a screen saver, set the option to just turn off the monitor. Screen savers use as much energy as a screen in use, but by turning it off after an extended amount of no use (10 min) automatically, energy can be saved, and in turn money. With this setting change, there is no need to manually turn off/on the monitor, as it automatically turns off and back on. This is already being advertised to the general... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Computer software

Make sure that each employee has access to a computer or thin client, with the software they need to do their job.

Expedite the process for requesting computer equipment and software so that:
1) Employees can directly submit their requests to IRM, and
2) IRM is required to meet with each employee, to learn what computer equipment and software, the employee needs to do their job.
3) IRM is required to promptly provide... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Computer systems should be able to "talk" to one another

Currently, a great deal of staff time is spent retrieving data from one computer system and manually inputting it into another system or into an endless stream of spreadsheets requested by officals for their numerous reports.

If the various data-gathering systems could "talk" to one another, so that data input into one system could be automatically retrieved by other systems that use the same data, reporting requirements... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Remove CPU and operate solely from servers in VA Hospitals

Currently CPUs are used to log on to the VA network in the hospital medical center. These machines are outdated and have performance issues limiting productivity. The bulk of functioning already occurs at a server level which results in server lag time and delay compounded by limits of the CPU processor the user is working from. By removing this CPU from the data usage network and logging in to the server from a monitor... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Microsoft = Money

In today’s’ world everyone searches for data. Everyone has a laptop, not a desktop… an iphone, blackberry, or android phone, and everyone loves a simple conservative interface. Our dependency on Microsoft products offers no fiscal reward regarding cost, productivity, training, maintenance and growth.
The data our federal government warehouses in contracted networks is ridiculously hard to navigate. I spend more time... more »

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Department of Defense

Microsoft Windows? Why Not Linux!?

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 »

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Department of Defense

Build Our Own Computers

Many government resources like the United States Air Force have a mandated process for purchasing new computers. The Air Force in particular must purchase computers through AFWAY in accordance with Instruction. Recently I purchased $14,000 worth of HP computers for my unit. I bought 20 microtowers from the limited selection AFWAY offered me. After a quick search on Google Products, the towers I purchased were only $50... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Remove Desktop Computers, Install central Office level servers

As everyone is aware, computers are everywhere. What most people do not realize is how little your computer is being used. Like the human brain most computers are only using a fraction of their available power. Other computers have too little memory or are kind of slow.

What can be done is to do away with the individual desktops and install a large, powerful central computer for multiple users. The theory works like... more »

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