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Stuff We All Get

You have seen it in your unit’s storage or at a recruiting event. We give it out to visitors at trade shows or at an unit open house event.

Coffee cups, calendars, key chains, pens, challenge coins, you name it and the only thing in common is the sticker on the bottom; Made in China.

It is time to impose immediate legislation that will prohibit the purchase of foreign made items for official... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Consolidate DHS Seized Property Operations

Currently; Border Patrol, CBP, FPS, ICE, TSA and the US Coast Guard have their own facilities, policy, processes, and specialist personnel to handle seized property and contraband.

By consolidating all of these facilities and processes into one DHS seized property system, cost savings and efficiency will occur.

Why does ICE need a seized property vault in the same geographical location as CBP?

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Department of Homeland Security

Electronic ALMIS tablet

We spend hundred's of thousands of dollars each year printing out Asset Logistics Management Information system maintenance cards to review when completing maintenance we could save a good portion of that money by completing these cards electronically on a tablet type device and emailing them to summit instead of printing the card signing them and printing the again if there were any errors. It would not only save money... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Make a single shipbuilding administration

Currently there are several departments of our government that build ships for their own purposes, e.g. Navy builds warships, Coast Guard builds its Law Enforcement/warships, NOAA builds its research vessels, Army and Marine Corps build warships. At some level, shipbuilding comes down to similar principles of Naval Engineering, yet the people involved become duplicated across each department. In under-resourced departments,... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Light bulb conversion - Coast Guard Cutters

I have over 2011 florescent light bulbs on my ship, the USCGC MELLON. Our data suggests that if we were to convert these lights from fluorescent lights to energy efficient light emitting diodes, we would "break even" in 16 months and save the Coast Guard 194,000 dollars over five years. If you translate that to the other 9 sister ships we have in this class alone, we would save 1.9 million dollars in fuel and power cost... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Freakonomics/SuperFreakonomics - Essential Books For Management

Action. That's what we need to do. Don't think about it. Just do it. Too often we, the government, jump in with both barrels blazing so that we can be seen as doing something. We measure things...just so that we can say we're measuring. It seems we don't stop to think about the consequences/results of our activities.

This is true for all government activities, large and small.

Examples:

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Department of Homeland Security

Civilianize Significant Portion of USCG Field Unit Positions

The USCG continues to operate on a personnel business model based upon its historic military roots. However, the modern missions that they undertake are vastly different from that of the Revenue Cutter Service. In fact, the majority of the USCG does not operate in that manner. You wouldn't know if from the posters and press releases, but the marine inspectors/investigators, pollution response personnel, oil/chemical... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Restrict the Freedom of a Government Purchase Card

Many Coast Guard members are required to obtain a Government Purchase Card. Following the proper Source of Supply is essential to obtaining supplies and services as well as receiving the proper cost for each item or service.

Here is where we fall short. Too many purchases are being made to big and small companies resulting in waste of funds.

The government needs a centralized supply command where everything can be... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Change Coast Guard station PMS.

Right now the Coast Guard is moving towards standardizing preventive maintenance for the buildings and equipment at stations, The program they are using is called SAM, shore asset management. Right now that program uses and wastes huge amounts of paper. Every item that comes up due for maintenance has at least two pieces of paper attached to it. One is supposed to be filled out by the worker and the other is instructions... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Coast Guard Almis Program

Right now the Coast Guard is in transistion to standardizing the way preventive maintenance is performed on its small boats. The system is called ALMIS. As of right now, the stations are required to keep a hard copy of all the maintenance procedure cards just in case the computer programs go down and we can't print off the procedure cards. Week in and week out we have to print up 5, 10, sometimes upto 17 or more pages... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Female Uniforms

In the Coast Guard, females are issued unnecessary uniforms. If they are authorized to wear the male uniform, they should have to option to purchase the male items the first time the uniform is issued. For example, at the Coast Guard Academy, all females are issued two pairs of female tropical blue long trousers upon reporting in. These cost about $40/pair. Very few women continue to wear these trou into the school... more »

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Legislative Branch

Eliminate the Government Purchase Card Program

Their is no need to have a Government Purchase Card. The only reason that we do have the Purchase Cards is out of convienance.

The purchase card can easily be abused and justified. It is not advantageous to have because every purchase can be done through a Purchase Order; thus, eliminating the need to allow members to openly use.

A centralized supply command should be set in place that will allow requestors to order... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Coast Guard Innovation Expo - Require A Cost-Benefit Analysis

The Coast Guard conducts an annual Innovation Expo, a large, and very costly event entailing extensive travel costs, conference fees, personnel time, planning expenses, etc... The locations rotate around the country and have included Florida, New Orleans, and other similar venues.

While the Innovation Expo's intent is to highlight innovative ideas within the organization, very similar to the SAVE Award, it does so at... more »

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Department of Defense

FAR 46.504 Certificate of conformance - DoD Procurement

46.504 Certificate of conformance (CoC) may be used in certain instances instead of source inspection at the discretion of the contracting officer if the following conditions apply: (a) Acceptance on the basis of a contractor’s certificate of conformance is in the Government’s interest. (b)(1) Small losses would be incurred in the event of a defect; or (2) Because of the contractor’s reputation or past performance, it... more »

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