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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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Executive Office of the President

Standardize Fleet Management

Standardize the management of our vehicle and equipment fleets. Currently, each agency, writes policy/regulation and has software, procedures, and management policy for their fleets. Conversely, we're all doing the same thing; tracking utilization, right-sizing, greening, tracking fuel, training, etc. On top of that, each agency is writing directives, regulations, policy, and even creating separate forms. Standardizing... more »

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Department of the Interior

Turn off and unplug unused equipment

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Legislative Branch

Supplies Sharing

Many offices maintain office supplies and equipment, and have an excess of items that are often new and barely used. In many instances, these items go unused or shelves, and will, at some point, be discarded or donated. Yet, it is likely that someone within the Federal Government has need of them now. Rather than placing an order for items, or going without, what if a database were created for listing and describing... more »

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Department of Defense

Deployed equipment packages

When maintenance units deploy to a location, their tools,testers,parts and servicing equipment are often packed up and deployed with them. But when it's time to replace that unit in the field, another unit packs up all of their items and deploys to replace the first unit. I don't understand why we couldn't leave the essential equipment here in the area of responsibility and just ship people and planes. I'm sure this... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Taxes on Farm Equipment

I'm a long time employee of USDA and I think that farmers should pay a small portion of taxes on all of their equipment. Our state doesn't even tax their equipment. On my little $2000 camper I pay more tax than a farmer does on a $200,000 piece of equipment. I realize that with the price of equipment that the rate should be alot lower than regular taxes, but that would really be a money maker if they just had to pay a... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Quarterly Vehicle Inspections

We all know that government issued vehicles are a big expense in the government. However, they are a bigger expense then they need to be because of how poorly they are maintained, and that is largely because most government employees don't care for the government vehicles as they would their personal vehicles. This abuse destroys the vehicles in a shorter period of time.
My suggestion is to have quarterly vehicle inspection... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Regional "Goodwill" Centers - Equipment, Inventory, Buildings

One agency's trash is another agency's treasure. Create/improve regional programs responsible for (1) removing, re-purposing, or donating unneeded or excess equipment and inventory (2) and increase visibility of available vacant federal buildings and land.

Here’s an example:
The Department of Veterans Affairs has a vast inventory of underutilized and vacant property, including roughly 7.5 million square feet of vacant... more »

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Purchase equipment that will last

We get "new" equipment that wears out within one year and needs to be replaced constantly. If a cost analysis were done, it would be better to get a more expesive, but better quality printer/copier/fax/etc. than a less expensive but lesser quality one. The better quality one will outlast the "cheap" one and will likely save money over time.

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Department of Homeland Security

new equipment be properly researched

I'll avoid detail because of security issues, but some equipment we've been issued is labor intensive for the amount of actual information it gives us. More careful research could have gone into choosing which equipment was most effective, and buying decisions could have waited on the product being more fully developed to suit our needs in the field. (If I actually believed we were pilot testing this equipment, and... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Federal Employee Equipment (Disabilities)

When Federal employee's with disabilities retire, they leave behind some Government furnished equipment and software. Many times it is not re-usable or cost to much to refurbish. The Government is then left with disposal cost of hardware. My recommendation is to have executive order allowing Agencies to transfer ownership of the equipment that is not reusable, is wanted by those individuals, and would otherwise leave... more »

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Department of Defense

Sell Unused Equipment on Ebay

Sell unused military property on local listing websites such as Ebay & Craigslist. There are tens of thousands of dollars sitting at many military installations at the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office (DRMO). Much of the equipment is in the form of electronics. In the past, auctions have been used to sell the equipment at below market value cost. Utilizing these popular websites, the government could raise... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Add less expensive, more ergonomic chairs to the allowable list

My office recently upgraded office chairs, and gave us a list of alowable chairs from GSA. Many of the newer, more active chairs were not listed, so I purchased a yogaball chair online and had it shipped to my office. I love it, it keeps my posture in check and I feel way more productive and healthy. Best of all, instead of the $400-$500 cost of a nice, supportive chair from the GSA list, it was under $100 including shipping!... more »

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