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Environmental Protection Agency

No more "upgrades" to less-than-current software

Recently, EPA upgraded to Microsoft Office 2007 from Office 2003. While I'm glad we're no longer using Office 2003, we should have upgraded to the most recent version of Office available at the time of the upgrade, which was Office 2010.

"Upgrading" to an already outdated software product will only cause EPA to have to upgrade Office again much sooner than we would have had we upgraded to the most recent version available.... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Use Commercial Software when possible

There is a lot of money spent in government developing specialized software tools for data exchange and collaboration, and often the contractor winning these deals get a lifelong flow of funds to continuously modify and update the customized software package for the agency. Many times simple off-the-shelf or public domain software will often do fine, if the agencies' staffs are trained to do the work. Added benefit:... more »

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Department of Defense

Eliminate Brand Name Software in Favor of Open Standards SW

There is no need to spend top dollar on software such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Professional for every employee when there are lower cost (even free) alternatives out there that will satisfy the needs of 90%+ of users.

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MIcrosoft Office - why do all employees need the full suite purchased when all they need is Word or Excel? Dump the cost and go with OpenOffice or IBM Symphony (free).

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Department of Energy

Commercial Engineering/Scientific Software License Consolidation

I suggest that commercial engineering/scientific software licenses be consolidated. It is common to purchase commercial software licenses using government or customer funding, even though the software is already available in-house or at other government organizations. The idea is to reduce costs and improve workforce productivity associated with the acquisition, maintenance, use, availability, and support of common commercial... more »

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