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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Cut out the Middleman for purchasing

We continue to use Lockheed Martin as our main supplier for equipment (computers, etc) and we pay 2x as much as retail, not too mention a monthly service charge for support. This is just not necessary and the support should be based on a per call basis. If i never have issues with my computer, why should i be charged a monthly fee...since i never contact support?

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Curriculum Manager

Have agencies buy services as locally as possible. This will save gas and money. I see agencies hiring services from across the country when they have an identical service within commuting distance. For instance, two identical facilities (training) are located in the Washington DC and Denver areas. The Washington area facility hires contractors from Oregon and the Denver facility hires contractors from the East Coast.... more »

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Legislative Branch

Stop mandating specific special interest groups for purchases

While I understand there's a need to support groups such as the blind associations, there's also a financial responsibility to taxpayers. If there is a cheaper vendor than one of these special interest groups, then we should be able to use them. The practice might have been acceptable in the past, but due to the economy, it cannot continue.

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Department of Homeland Security

Proactive Requirements and Resource Identification for Tools

Too often over my career as a contractor and Federal employee, I’ve noticed that software tools are often purchase without sufficient requirements from all possible organizations who could benefit from it or its output. If requirements were requested, obtain and weighed, the end result would be a better fit for the needs of the organization as a whole, not just the one group that requested it.

The cost savings can... more »

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Department of the Interior

Reign in costs: Give every employee a credit card with a limit

INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTABILITY IS THE KEY TO REIGNING IN COSTS
Want to increase accountability and simplify things at the same time? Give every employee their own credit card with a yearly limit for travel and office purchases.

Sound crazy? Individual accountability is the key to reigning in costs. Reward those employees that spend the least. If they want to go over their personal limit the office director has to take... more »

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Legislative Branch

Make Purchasers Use Other Agencies Excess Property

Dedicate a full time employee at each location that does significant purchasing to be solely responsible for obtaining excess government property offered by other agencies. I have saved over $200,000 in the last 6 months by just obtaining excess property in my free time. If the other 113 locations in this single agency did the same we could realize over 44 million in savings per year. If it were required across the... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Refocus Laws and Regulations

I work with Federal laws and regulations every day. I find that many are created solely to serve a social purpose. (For example, a set of federal laws require that the USDA give grants to universities to perform agricultural research, even though much of the research is redundant or unnecessary. Likewise, Federal agencies must give certain vendors preference in purchasing, even if they charge more than larger entities.)... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Remove Desktop Printers

Most desktops here at my office and six other office I provide I.T. services to have personal printers assigned to them when there is a network printer two cubes down. When adding up costs for toner and color cartridges across all agencies this amounts to an incredible amount of money. Costs associated:

1. Lump sum of printer cost ranging $50 to $500

2. Toner or printer cartridge cost ranging $45 to $150

3. Depreciation... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Expand vendors for competition

Don't put limits on who we can purchase from. You give us this tiny list with a few vendors. They can charge us outrageous sums for stuff I could get for 70% less on Amazon or some other online retailer or even at my own onsite retail store.
In my service, I needed to buy HDMI cables for 12 TVs... they were almost 20.00 apiece. Amazon was having a sale for same quality and length cords for .98 plus 3.98 S&H. I could have... more »

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Legislative Branch

Let me buy my own stuff!

I'm new to government and was taken back by the purchasing process in my agency. I've been waiting on equipment to get ordered after it was approved for over 4 months. There are so many middle men that if one person is not doing their job the whole process stops. We now are in danger of losing the money that was assigned to us as we approach the end of the fiscal year.

This is an easy fix:

1) Make filling out the paper... more »

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Department of Commerce

Purchasing Preference and Contracts

We need to end purchasing contracts that are exploiting preference laws (i.e. veterans, women, and minority own preference). Supporting these small businesses is a good idea, but there needs to be a specific limit to how much extra the government pays for goods and services in these instances (say 20%). We are forced to buy items at unreasonable prices, such as paying a markup of 300% for file folders!

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Combine Orders For Purchased Items To Reduce Vendor Costs

Expand the communication and coordination between all purchasing and contracting service groups from the various Government departments and agencies to negotiate lower vendor costs for items purchased. Have one purchasing individual from each department and agency meet together monthly to discuss and implement cost cutting strategies and techniques throughout the Government. By combining all the various departments... more »

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