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Department of the Interior

How often has scheduling a meeting taken more than 5 mins?

How often has it take you multiple tries and reschedules to get a meeting set up because not everyone uses or keeps their electronic Outlook calendar up to date? This can turn what should be a simple five-minute process into an ordeal that takes multiple tries and 20 minutes or more of hassle!

Scheduling a meeting with multiple people should take no longer than 5 minutes if everyone has their calendar up to date. Too... more »

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Department of the Interior

How often have you had trouble finding the optimal meeting room?

How many times have you wanted to find the optimal meeting room, only to find out later that there was a room available on another floor or in another building that you didn't even know about!

That no longer has to be a problem. With a simple project and agreement amongst offices, Outlook can be used to share resources amongst all offices, units, etc.

No longer will we waste dollars with empty meeting rooms being unused... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

FDCC/USGCB/CIS-configured operating systems from factory

Per the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), federal information systems must be hardened according to security configuration standards such as the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC), the U.S. Government Configuration Baseline (USGCB), and the Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmarks.

Government (and contractor) IT shops spend countless hours configuring new and existing systems to ensure... more »

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Department of Commerce

MS Enterprise Licensing Agreements

I suggest the entire federal government sign an annual enterprise agreement with Microsoft which allows them to utilize all of Microsoft’s software products (operating systems, databases, Office suite, etc.), instead of uncoordinated efforts by each government entity. It should be one blanket agreement. The savings would be substantial not just in cost of licensing, which could be leveraged into a volume discount, but... more »

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Department of Defense

Stop Paying Twice for Windows

We buy computers from Dell. Each computer comes with a license from Microsoft. (Sticker with license key) We then buy an Enterprise license to install Windows (any version) on that computer. Dell sells computers without Windows. We can buy our computers without Microsoft licenses, and then install our Enterprise software. (Volume Licensing)

We never use the preinstalled version, and we never use the license key we pay... more »

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Department of Defense

Replacement of NMCI with distributed and cloud technologies

Navy/Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI), a contractor-operated IT infrastructure, is too costly and out of date. The replacement system, Next Generation (NGEN) IT solution is an ill-defined concept that is basing its design concepts on the money-wasting, antiquated architectures dating as far back as 1969 and ARPANET.

Current technologies exist that would allow the Department of Navy (DON) and the USMC to deploy a fully... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Computer Platform and Software Standardization

In my organization, we use three different versions of Microsoft Office, Office 97, 2003, and 2007; and two different OS. We are in the process of deploying Office 2010/Win7, but only on select platforms because the other computers are too old to update. I spend countless-hours building spreadsheets, or editing documents that used on each system due to coding differences and capabilities. Then, when that system finally... more »

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Legislative Branch

Lower the debt: get China to pay for bootlegged software

Lower the deficit by lowering the debt by repatriating some of what China is holding.

China has done little to no policing of its black market of bootlegged software - much of it from US companies. Microsoft Windows, myriad video games, bootlegged copies of CDs, etc., are rampant and easily available.

Let's persuade China to return a big chunk of our debt that they're holding in return for the value of the pirated Microsoft,... 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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