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Department of the Interior

Digitized & Downloadable Federal Park Maps

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The National Park Service currently pays millions of dollars to print park maps for visitors. Ironically, they just fall apart after being used. They are also cumbersome to keep safely stored and away from the weather. My suggestion is for the National Park Service to offer visitors the option of downloading park maps onto their phones/pc in advance of their trip, or when they enter the park. Since most phones now... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

MANDATE saving files in a smaller format

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Saving a scanned file in a smaller format uses less space on the database, and in turn decreases the needed amount of database storage and network bandwidth.

Scanned files are automatically saved in a large size. (roughly 1.5 Megs) Furthermore, when the file is opened it has to be "unzoomed" to order to read over it. This is a waste of time and a waste of database and network bandwidth.

If it is mandated that files... more »

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Department of Energy

Cell Phone Cost Savings

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All brahnches of the Federal government employ cell phone technology. The types of phones and associated costs vary based on the source contracting office. Costs could be lowered if all Federally issued cell phones were issued under the same negotiated master contractor for minutes, text, and data service. Per minute, text, or data packet as part are excluded - each vendor must offer plans of at three sizes, covering... more »

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Department of Education

Emphasize Keys to Education - Reading, Math, Science

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Reading is the key to ALL education. Yet many of our High School grads can't read beyond a 6th grade education. Some grads are illiterate! We need a huge push to ensure all children can read by the time they graduate from elementary to middle school, and we need to catch all those in High Schools and Middle Schools that can't read. This can be done at little cost through Adult Volunteers that come to schools and provide... more »

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EXOP - Office of Science and Technology Policy

Consolidation of technology/new media efforts

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A follow to my post below: I learned that although the gov't has well-trained, talented people, we are using outside contractors to do the work at $300 an hour that we could/should do ourselves.


The speed at which technology is outpacing government practices calls for a new way for departments and agencies to keep up the pace. Each agency has used, is currently using or plans to create tools that will take advantage... more »

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Department of Defense

Paperless Contracting Using Existing Technology

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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 Defense

Save billions by using military instead of contractors

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The Government pays contractors billions of dollars to do installation projects that could be accomplaished by assets that are already in place! I work in the Telecommunications field and have deployed twice to Iraq and Afghanistan to install communications on bases there. I also went to Iraq for 1 year as a contractor. I made more money in the one year as a contractor (over 170k) than I did the other 2 combined! And... more »

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Department of Commerce

Encourage Employee Use of Personal Smartphones for Work Purposes

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Our work and personal lives have been converging for decades; employees have eschewed the duplicitous nature of keeping their work and personal lives separate in favor of policies that enable them to enjoy a more holisic, flexible existence. Remote working, flex-time, and alternative work schedules have been extremely successful in meeting these demands, and have fostered a more productive and cost-efficient workforce.... more »

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General Services Administration

Partner w/Private Industry To Lower Online Govt. Retail Costs

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Billions are spent each year by federal government agencies on IT infrastructure to run their online (and outdated) legacy retail efforts. Now, in today's tough economic times, efforts to update these systems may never happen due to high costs. As an alternative, utilizing private systems. For ex., Amazon.com Inc's cloud computing unit might provide one logical alternative. Amazon Web Services started small in 2006 by... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Utilize Current Technology to Reduce Travel Costs

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By using our Video telecommunications System or Microsoft Office Communicator for Live meetings, we can reduce travel costs for training significantly. Instead of having employees travel to one designated area for a certain training, the training facilitators can offer the training via V-tel or Office Communicator. This would eliminate having to spend money on airfare, baggage fees, taxi, shuttle bus, hotel stay, parking,... more »

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Department of Energy

Energy Solution

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All over the us, there is weather, and not being put to use. The government owns millions of acres of land, and yet still pays for electricity. If they were to utilize their land with wind turbines, and solar panels, they could not only provide for the land they own, but possibly produce enough energy to sell back to the surrounding communities, and pay for other items the government needs without coming out of taxpayers... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Eliminate Backlogs of SSA and VA Disability Appeal Claims

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On the SSA Web Site, it states that it takes between 3 to 5 months to receive an initial SSA disability decision. On the VA Web Site, it states that it takes up to 6 months to receive an initial VA disability decision. SSA Appeals take 2 or more years at OHA. VA Appeals take 3 or more years at the BVA.

Although initial disability processing times have improved over recent years due to Automation including Electronic... more »

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Department of Energy

STOP wasting money on GREEN PROGRAMS!!!!

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We are an industrial NATION!! Let's end the denial stage and start acting like it! There is a way to be an industrial leader and still be environmentally smart about it! Can we please end all the fraud waste and abuse that is being generated by this idea of GREEN energy!? If the commercial sector wants to pursue these energy sources , then let it!! But there is a reason that only the Government is dumb enough to Waste... more »

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Department of Energy

OPEN MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS!!!!

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What is the most effecient and cleanest energy source?! Lets USE IT THEN!!!! Nuclear Power is the future! Wind is weak, Sun is always going down, coal is dirty! We are advanced in technology so lets act like it!

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