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Incentives for federal travelers and hotels to save govt money.

BACKGROUND: Federal/military travelers understand hotel per diem rates at their place of temporary duty. In vast majority of cases, travelers spend the maximum per diem allowed. They also take commercial air in most cases. In addition, many hotels set their rates at the maximum per diem rates. There is no incentive for members to stay in hotels below maximum allowable rates, or for hotels to price their rooms below... more »

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Security Manager

Suggest conducting Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBIs)/suitability checks for IT level1 positions to access unclassified systems. Conducting these investigations cost time & $4,005 -$4,399 per case to process. This investigation type is typically reserved for access to classified information at the Top Secret level. ANACI or NACLC cost $228-260 per investigation, for access to Secret information.

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Document of Ideas - An Industrial Engineer's View

To Whom It May Concern:

It was brought to my attention that a SAVE Contest was in effect for those who were interested in participating. I have many ideas that would benefit not only my command, but others as well. I will only include those that are pertinent to command-scale issues; however, I have similar ideas for the bigger picture or the government as a whole. Currently, I work at the Supervisor of Shipbuilding... more »

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Eliminate Prior Enlisted to Officer Pay Scale

The military pay schedule under the Code of Federal Regulations Title 37 provide incentive for prior Enlisted Military members, with at least four years and one day of military service, in the form of a separate pay scale in the first three officer pay grades (O-1E through O-3E). We recommend eliminating this O-E pay scale.
We believe this antiquated incentive does nothing to affect an enlisted member’s desire to commission... more »

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Bring Software Acquisitions to the 21st Century

The warfighter needs are immediate. Their tactical mission changes by the day. The most successful pieces of software were never “Programs of Records” (CPOF, TIGR, CIDNE, Palantir) when they found their way onto the battlefield (despite acquisition communities). Current acquisition process will not allow successful software onto the battlefield. Formal programs require a very long process, etc. forcing the software... more »

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Program Analyst

Let’s stop kidding ourselves. Ten years ago DoD was touting achievement of audit readiness by 2007. But when the former Comptroller, Dov Zakheim, left office he did an interview within months stating DoD would not be able to be audit ready by 2007.

Now we have the goal of 2014 and have the same finance and accounting systems operating today that we did then. Very little has changed except the amount of money we... more »

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government purchasing of supplies

Currently the requirement for purchasing office products is required to go through a base store. I also have noticed they have different stores available for other branches of service. We are required to buy from the store first before looking for alternate solutions in finding the items we need. I have come through several items that could name a few of the problems we have in price gouging the government. Lexmark... more »

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Merge Air Force Electronic Systems Center IT Integration Sites

The Air Force Materiel Command's Electronic Systems Center (ESC)operates two separate IT integration capabilities centers that overlap for purpose and execution. These include the Capabilities Integration Environment (CIE) at Gunter Force Base, Alabama and the Capabilities Enterprise Integration Facility (CEIF) at Hanscom AFB, MA. The Air Force could save millions of dollars per year by reducing those centers to a single... more »

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Incentives to save money

There are no incentives for Military leadership to save money. Personnel are encouraged to spend every penny they get for fear they may lose the money or receive less in the following year. Because of this money is spent on millions of dollors worth of unnessary items and projects.There need to be incentives for leaders to save money

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Hand Sanitization Units in All DoD/Gov Buildings

Per PreventDisease.com, preventable illness makes up approx 80% of the burden of illness & 90% of all healthcare costs. Hand sanitization is cited by countless health orgs as the "#1 method" of
preventing/controlling the spread of preventable communicable illness. Hand sanitation is easy, cheap & everyone
can do it (which cannot be said for vaccines). The DoD (and the government at large) spends an incredible amount... more »

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SIP Savings

I have an idea that may potentially save the government a lot of money in the long run and would potentially benefit the Air Force in the long run. We all have the SIP kits and they include the flashlights, batteries, and radios. The batteries eventually either expire or run out. I know in some
sections as soon as the batteries expire then you have to purchase new
batteries. A fix to this would be to eliminate the... more »

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Return Common Sense to Contracting

The expenditure of taxpayer dollars falls on the responsibility of the Government contracting community. If the DOD wants to spend the federal budget in a prudent manner and guard against fraud, waste and abuse, Government contracting professionals need an environment that is conducive to expedient procurement. President Obama’s initiatives to utilize more fixed-price contracts and push for more transparency in acquisition... more »

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Telepresence

High end telepresence suites should be installed at every major federal location. These will require a large capital investment, a commitment to keep trained personnel on hand to staff them and an ongoing expense in keeping them up to date.

Once you have those in place at every agency, department and military base, you require people to use them instead of TDY. To have TDY approved, federal employees and members... more »

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