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Department of Veterans Affairs

Stop responding to simple email questions via postal mail!

It is very simple. We receive emails from Veterans asking simple questions like 'how do I...? or "what’s my balance?" and this is the current process: We then print that email, place it in a stack of correspondence to be worked and let it sit for a week (or more) until it is finally responded to, then we respond via postal mail. This is plain wasteful and unnecessary. These types of questions (most emailed questions)... more »

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Department of Energy

Allow federal employees to use own mobile devices for email

Currently, many agencies require that federal employees use agency-issued Blackberries for federal email for security reasons. However, many employees would rather use their own personal smartphones to access their email, which is not currently possible. By revising both the systems and the appropriate policies, we could make employees happier while also significantly reducing the amount that the agency must pay for... 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 Housing and Urban Development

Postage, Shipping, and printing

All offices should be prohibited from printing, shipping, or mailing a document for interoffice use when an original signature or hard copy is not required by law. When hard copies are required, the cheapest available mailing or shipping method should be used provided that compromises should be made to maintain the integrity or a time-sensitivity of the item being shipped. In many cases, email and electronic signatures... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Fax to Email - Save Millions in paper

Incoming faxes can be automatically turned into a .pdf and sent to an email account or department inbox for action. Between VA Education/Compensation and Pension/Veterans Service Centers and hospitals, this could save 15-20 million each year in paper and fax machine costs. If successful with the VA, other federal agencies could impliment the same.

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Department of Defense

True Global Email

All DoD agencies have a "global" email directory but it is in fact, a "community" directory. I can only search for personnel within my own agency. This serves little purpose when over 95% of my emails composed are directed at contracting personnel from other agencies. I propose an email directory that covers all DoD personnel.
In government contracting, personnel turnover is so prevalent that any contract that is 2 years... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Email Only Blackberries

Only employees that are deem emergency personnel in each Agency’s shut down plan prepared and distributed last April should be provided with government funded Blackberries (or other mobile devices). Everyone has cell phones these days and if you need to contact employees just text or call them on their own cell phones.

With that being said, I recognize that this will most likely not happen, as many people are addicted... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Document Collaboration

All agencies can benefit from secure document collaboration spaces, similar to Google Docs. The collaboration space could be made more secure for classified or sensitive documents. This would save server space required for E-mails, as people would no longer have to E-mail large files to eachother. The cost for purchasing, housing and maintaining servers would significantly decrease. This would also prevent printing of... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

shared electronic workspace

In my regional office each Division is assigned an available server to store shared documents. Servers or some sort of electronic storage space needs to be available to all employees, across Divisions within the region, and across the entire agency. This would prevent the need to send E-mails, particularly E-mails containing large file attachments. E-mails require servers to store a record of the message AND the attachment.... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Too Much Information Not Enough Communication

As government employees we receive hordes of information via e-mail from our own agencies that do not pertain to each and every member of the agency. I propose that we cut out extraneous information that is sent to everyone in a certain or specific email directory/organization. If the correspondence is for information only, at least allow us the opportunity to ‘unsubscribe’ from some of these directories. All important... more »

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Legislative Branch

Intelligence Community IT consolidation

Require the Intelligence Community to consolidate it's business IT systems to a common platform. Right now, CIA, NGA, NSA, NRO, and others maintain their own unique (and often un-interoperable) IT systems. This could carry-over and expand to include financial management, ERP systems, etc. The agencies will claim they have unique requirements, but they aren't so unique that we cannot resolve and consolidate these requirements... more »

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