Showing 26 ideas for tag "procurement"

Department of Homeland Security

Create DHS Ombudsman Office to deal with abuses of power

Create DHS Ombudsman Office to deal with abuses of power that decrease efficiency. This office could address unprofessional behavior that is not criminal. The mandate of this office would be to champion employees who have tried to make improvements or changes to the workplace and have met with organizational resistance brought about by personal bias, laziness, or possibly by efforts made to cover incompetence or illegal... more »

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Department of Defense

Outsource DAPs work by using GPO procurement

Eliminate funding of Defense Automation Printing Services (DAPS) in-house digital and print production work that is non-mission critical for the Department of Defense (DoD).

Outsource all DoD non-mission critical digital and print production work to the Government Printing Office (GPO).

The GPO has the expertise, an efficient infrastructure, and the largest and most cost-effective procurement organization for outsourcing... 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

Agency Source Evaluation Board (SEB) Teams

The Government wastes too much time, resources, and money on its procurement process. One huge waste is in how if chooses (employee it can most afford to lose), trains (inconsist and minimally), resources (usually an extra duty), and receives recommendations (no standardized form) from the SEBs. Invartibly the SEB cannot uniformly give a recommendation that is relevent or helpful to the Contracting Officer or the Source... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

DEMYSTIFY & STREAMLINE THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS

A major bottleneck we have had at NIH for YEARS is the lack of communication between contract officers & scientists regarding the preparation of proper requisitions for purchases over the micro purchase threshold. Procurement is the fuel needed to maintain laboratory production & move scientific research forward daily. The ordering process for competitive & sole source purchases involves scientists, purchase agents, &... more »

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General Services Administration

Combine supply systems

How many supply systems does the Gov't use? There is GSA, but agencies have there own supply departments. From this Save web page, I found that NASA contacts with Lockheed for their supplies. One may think that by using the whole contracting power of the USA that the best deal could be made since the gov't would be buying in volume. Advantages are getting a better price due to a good bargining position due to the... more »

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Department of Defense

Space Command Procurement and Modernization

During my time with the Space Com, I saw many new initiatives and modernization projects fall way behind which always raised the costs significantly. Also, by contracting one company to manage all engineering on base, the costs really sky rocketed due to administrative paperwork caused by the companies process and the Air Force process combined. My suggestion is to allow the units or the wings the leeway to go vendor... 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 Defense

Systematic Proposal Evaluation

My idea is the creation of an online database for contracting officers' management of proposals. The database would have entry forms for proposals that are required to be submitted in accordance with the FAR. The entry forms would ensure contractors submit their proposals in accordance with FAR 15 (i.e. each cost element must have a basis of estimate and cost or pricing data or references to cost or pricing data, etc).... more »

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Department of Defense

Leverage Gov. Buying Power to Cut Cost, Inventory, Time

In the late 1990's DoD demonstrated it could reduce delivery time and cut costs of purchased goods to support the military (this could apply to any agency purchasing goods) by grouping the items in purchases by their common manufacturing processes. Reducing the time to obtain what the government procures, especially critical items, can improve the government's ability to respond to demand surges. Currently the government... more »

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Department of Energy

Increase Federal Acquisition Regulation Dollar Thresholds

A very simple federal cost cutting idea is to further streamline and expedite procurements by increasing Federal Acquisition Regulation dollar thresholds as follows:

1. FAR 2.101 - Micro-Purchase Threshold Definition: Replace the $3,000 threshold with $10,000.

2. FAR 2.101 - Government Point of Entry: Replace the $25,000 threshold with $100,000.

3. FAR 2.101 - Simplified Acquisition Threshold: Replace the $150,000... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Clean up the Small Business Act and SAVE

If we want to SAVE, then please stop forcing purchases of large items, equipment, and other services from "Small Businesses" that simply get the same item, equipment, or service from a large company and mark up the cost by 5 to 25 %. While this is technically legal, it seriously violates the spirit of the law. Close this loophole! PLEASE!

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Department of Homeland Security

Simple, Efficient, and Effective Government Acquisitions.

Nearly all federal agencies perform acquisitions in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and other all-inclusive policies. Despite this, agencies, and even divisions within agencies, have disparate acquisition systems, practices, procedures, and templates. Seen from the perspective of a young front-line acquisition worker, the apparent inefficiencies are staggering. Workers must learn to interface... more »

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Department of Defense

Keep Old Munitions Longer, Safer; Reduce Replacement Costs

The Navy is faced with an aging inventory of expensive munitions (torpedoes, missiles, etc.) that don't get used in the GWOT as quickly as small, hand-held items like bullets, hand grenades, etc. In order to maintain expensive munition items in the inventory longer, simple data loggers and sensors can be installed (costing between $100-500) on them to better monitor their condition and "health." Munitions health management... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Creating More Cost-Effective Procurements

Since much of the waste of taxpayer money in procurement involves inadequately defined requirements and poorly-written Statements of Work (SOWs), and the inability to define requirements sufficiently in order to be able to use low-priced, technically acceptable fixed-price contracts, any assistance in helping especially less-experienced Program and Contracting personnel to write better Statements of Work and Contracts... more »

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