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Legislative Branch

Eliminate contract for duplicate job websites

Currently, the Forest Service uses two main methods of hiring employees: USAJOBS and AVUE Services. USAJOBS is the more comprehensive website. AVUE has less flexibility, does not allow searches for "virtual" jobs, and frequently does not even allow listing where a particular job is located, making job searches and the application process unnecessarily complicated and frustrating. At the same time, we have the goal... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Internal Contracting Processes

At CMS, we use hard copies of contract documents to pass around to the various different components for sign-off. I think that instead of doing that, we should use the HHS portal, which allows employees who are working on the same projects to share documents on one site. This could potentially save dollars on printer toner, copy/printer paper, and resources running documents from one component to another. It's a simple... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Change Veteran's preference to vets hired, not vet ownership

The current system of Service Disabled Veteran Owned contracting preference has caused the cost of constuction to soar unnecessarily.While well intentioned, it has created a very limited pool of vendors with little incentive to be competitive. I would recommend that a minimum scaling factor for percentage of veterans employed would do far more to improve the lives of our returning veterans, including those who are service... more »

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Legislative Branch

One Standard Business System for the Federal Government

The Federal Government should have one Standard Business Systems. A veteran exiting the military and hired by a federal agency should have the same Business System they were trained on in the military for Human Resources, Contracting, Property Management, Budget & Finance, Fleet Management, Safety, Information Technology, etc. A federal employee should be able to transfer from one federal agency to the next and do... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Sweeping Stagnant Funds

Year after year, millions of dollars remain on grants and contracts which have expired. Many agencies have been pro-active in trying to alleviate this problem but are restrained to a certain extent. Why can't some decision be made to recoup these funds just sitting out there with no action for months and even years. If the recipients are not expending the funds given to them for a specific purpose, these funds should... more »

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General Services Administration

one governmentwide contract writing system

Now, although each agency uses the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), they populate individual agency contract writing systems at their own expense, which is conservatively tens of millions of dollars per year. These are often custom, proprietary systems and they make our federal acquisition uneven if one agency has had the money to put a new FAR update in their system but another agency lags behind. This is costly... more »

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Department of Defense

Mr. Joshua Sawdey

While this might not be a way to cut wasteful spending, it is a way that I am certain would gain back millions upon millions (if not billions) for our country. Currently every contracting office for the federal government has several (if not hundreds) of expired contracts with money sitting (obligated) on them. This money is not needed for the contract anymore and could easily be gained back to be used for either other... more »

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Department of Defense

Paperless Contracting Using Existing Technology

I recommend that we use existing technology to get us to paperless contracting. Right now, there are appear to be initiatives involving large systems to get us to a paperless system. Instead, we should be utilizing existing COTS software such as the full version Adobe Acrobat (with digital signature). This software can be used to convert RFP letters, MFRs, etc from word to adobe and then signed using the adobe digital... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Contract with Local Police Departments for FEMA facilities

A Best Practice item captured for FEMA-1975-DR-AR is the contracting of local Police Departments and Sheriff's Offices instead of contracting private companies for guard services at FEMA facilities. For the FEMA/State Joint Field Office (JFO) in Little Rock, Arkansas, LRPD was contracted instead of a private company that could potentially be from out-of-State. Not only did this save money, but the local contract assisted... more »

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Department of Defense

A NEW APPROACH TO DEFINITZING CONTRACT ACTIONS UNDER $5M

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- The amount of time/documentation required to issue a contract change to a weapon system development/production contract is determined by extensive law/reg that includes: DCMA rate review, DCAA materials/supplier audit, Truth In Negations Act (TINA) compliant contractor proposal, cost or price analysis for every sub-contractor >$650K and many others
- 95% of contracting actions at Aeronautical Systems Center... more »

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Department of Defense

A NEW APPROACH TO DEFINITZING CONTRACT FOR FOREIGN MILITARY SALE

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- FMS cases for aircraft buys are almost entirely sole source at the request of the Partner Nation (PN) and this is allowed in the FAR
- FMS case values contain aircraft and other system pricing information generated during the Price and Availability (P&A) phase of the FMS case development utilizing industry and government participation
- Once the FMS case is signed by the USG and the PN it is a commitment... more »

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Department of Defense

Save $12-32bn a year; eliminate fee & profit on G&A and overhead

Ending the practice of assessing fee against G&A and overhead on DOD contracts would save billions of dollars yearly and eliminate inefficiency in the contracting process.

The DOD would save between 2-4% on the value of all contracts, per year; the savings the government would accrue range from a low of $12bn and could exceed $32bn per year. The associated savings would be between $120 and $320 billion over the next... more »

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