Showing 69 ideas for tag "technology"

Department of Homeland Security

Use site-to-site VPN + Broadband instead of slow leased lines

The use of site-to-ste VPN's running over business class Broadband connections will provide greater bandwidth and lower costs to many small government sites.

 

Many small government offices are connected with slow 1.5Mb/s T1 connections at a cost of hundreds of dollars per month per line. Most government offices in the U.S. have high speed broadband available at under half the cost and serveral times the speed.

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Department of Homeland Security

Duplication of USAID 2012 savings proposal for CBP

As stated in USAID 2012 propsal, DHS/CBP and all government agences should consider following their lead and implement the following: Reduction of office supply costs by incorporating limitation on printing and copying, in part by: 1) requiring duplex as the default setting on all network printers; 2) consolidating printers by reducing the number of local printers in favor of network printers; 3) standardizing the printer/copier... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Paperless Alien Files, Transmittal/Routing Slips & Memorandums

Border Patrol could streamline processing and reduce resource usage through implementation of processing with electronic Alien Files, electronic Transmittal and Routing Slips, and electronic Memorandums. Adobe Acrobat Pro which is already available at some Border Patrol Stations could be used to create and edit these documents.

a. Electronic Alien Files/ Supervisor Mark-Ups: In e3 processing system agents can save... more »

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Department of the Interior

Create an Innovation Office to drive change, policy and research

Ideas, new or old that equal better, faster, and cheaper for the organization need a place to be given life and funding. Every organization should have an office tasked with driving innovation throughout the organization.

Policy and research should be housed within this office, and the office should be also be tasked with gathering employee ideas and then turning them into new programs, projects, policies and research... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Costly Use of GSA and Unicor

One of the largest issues is the complexity in getting to purchase materials/office equipment etc. locally. We are essentially forced to order from the corporations such as Unicor and GSA that charge ridiculous prices for their items. While perusing the website in order to purchase a lamp, I came across a 1300.00 lamp! Now I ask, what lamp is worth 1300 when you could easily drive to a local store, purchase an effective,... more »

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Department of the Interior

Reduction and Modernization

I propose that our govt move into a new era where paper decisionmaking is a thing of the past. Technology exists where secure signatures and sharing networks can bring our offices up to the year 2011. We can reduce the burden on our forests and recycling centers! We can reduce the time it takes to get a document from one decisionmaker to another by using software that allows all decisionmakers to view and sign document... more »

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Legislative Branch

Fewer Meetings

How much time do well paid executives spend sitting in meetings? Have you ever considered how much a single meeting can cost in salaries?

In the age of technology there are a lot of time and travel saving ways of sharing ideas. Wikis and other collaborative software are a great ways to share ideas with colleagues without needing to take a lot of time for everyone to meet.

Government IT departments often restrict or... more »

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Social Security Administration

Combine Federal Data Centers into one Data Powerhouse

Combine all the federal agencies data under one roof. Build a data powerhouse a state-of-the-art facility that provides secure data processing services to federal agencies. The data powerhouse manages mainframe and server operations, monitors the wide area network and provides key service desk, technical support and disaster recovery services for many of the federal governments mission-critical applications.
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Department of Justice

Computers and Monitors Should Be Turned Off When Not in Use

Stop encouraging employees to leave their computers on overnight and on weekends so that updates can install. Computers and monitors should be shut down and turned off before leaving for the day. Updates will install when the computer is restarted. Leaving computers and monitors on when they are not being used wastes energy.

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Legislative Branch

Subsidize personal smartphones for a dual business use

Instead of purchasing Smartphone’s/data plans for those of us who travel it would be cheaper for the government to pay a portion of our bill and set up an alternate number (via google voice, skype, etc.) that can be used to answer business calls. We can also use our existing data plans for business work if the need arises. I have a blackberry and use the data plan RARELY (meaning 1or 2 times a year), yet they pay for... more »

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Legislative Branch

Reduce paper - stop use of printouts in meetings

Provide IT departments tablet units, such as Cisco Cius, Apple IPAD, Samsung Galaxy or Blackberry Tablet units which may be used to load presentation and other meeting materials on to stop the use of handouts in meetings. Tablets with wireless capability not only eliminate the handout paper, but also the note taking papers which either clutter desks or fill recycling containers.

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Department of Defense

Just a few ideas - Technology, Embrace Changes

Technology needs to be embraced throughout the Government. Too many federal workers use the "this is how it has always been" which is a problem. Within ASC, we use different contracting software than the rest of the DoD. This causes additional workers to support two softwares that do the SAME thing. The federal workers need to embrace change and efficiency or none of this will work. Don't allow people to just hang on... more »

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Department of Defense

Consolidate DoD Research Laboratories

The Army, Navy, and Air Force each have their own research laboratory. These three research laboratories share many of the same objectives, such as:

Directed Energy
Information Technology
Propulsion
Munitions
Human Research
Sensors
Space Vehicles
Materials

By bringing these three labs under one DoD Research Laboratory, redundancy in research objectives could be eliminated. Furthermore, many of the directorates and programs... more »

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