Showing 19 ideas for tag "contracts"

Department of Defense

Merger of DCMA and DCAA

DCMA and DCAA should be merged into a single agency responsible for the administration and auditing of defense contracts. This would (1) Save money by reducing the overhead of running two separate agencies, (2) Improve coordination between auditing and administration activities, and (3) Reduce duplicate efforts.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Construction Ducuments Digital Vault, Division or Bureau

PROBLEM: typical Construction Documents Sets (like drawings, specifications, contracs, bid packages, etc.) are very large and heavy weight in nature, consuming a lot resources and money from the agencies & customers.

SOLUTION: to establish a centralized Digital Vault, so all sets can be submitted, saved & shared in a digital manner, reducing cost of production, cost on filling, shorting access time to all their users,... more »

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Department of Commerce

Purchasing Preference and Contracts

We need to end purchasing contracts that are exploiting preference laws (i.e. veterans, women, and minority own preference). Supporting these small businesses is a good idea, but there needs to be a specific limit to how much extra the government pays for goods and services in these instances (say 20%). We are forced to buy items at unreasonable prices, such as paying a markup of 300% for file folders!

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Social Security Administration

Save on Tech support, by certifying agency employees

I believe there can be savings on certifying, for example, Systems Administrators and IT personnel, on working with basic repairs for Office's Automated Systems equipment. I have a Bachelor Degree on Systems Administration and I just registered to be certified on HP computers, and it will be free. It would save money to my agency, if they let me do the work myself. We can change Work station's power supplies, UPS's replacement... more »

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Department of Defense

Plant Perennials Instead of Annuals on Military Installations

CURRENTLY: Maintenance of military installation grounds is necessary to keep up appearance and provide safe environment. Services performed under grounds maintenance contracts like cutting grass, caring for trees, flowers, and shrubs are VERY costly depending on installation size/population, climate, # of buildings, special events, political significance, etc. Most grounds maint contracts have allowances to buy new Annuals... 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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Congessional Budget Office

Check your contractor

In my time in the government I have seen contractors time and time again pull shenanigans. These contractors are wasteful. Time and time again, they somehow require much more money and time than they originally bid to do the job. They are taking advantage of Uncle Sam's now shallow pockets. Contractors should be required to finish the project as contracted, on time and within budget. They lowball the bid to get the... more »

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Department of Defense

Hold Business Partners Accountable for Services Provided

A guy walking around with his hand down his pants, belching, and complaining that he was too old to move heavy stuff as he dropped a box marked “FRAGILE” . . . That is what the Army got when they hired a local company for a PCS move.

A rental car agent asking “why do you care, it isn’t your money?” . . . That was the response to a complaint that I was being charged too much for a car while traveling on official Government... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Reuse of Agency Contract Deliverables

Create a centralized contract deliverable respository that would be made available for reuse by those requesting new contract dollars. The concept would allow paid government work to be leveraged, offer the opportunity for benchmarking with similar work, promote baseline determination if a contract is actually needed, leverage innovative ideas. There are many contract deliverable similiarities internal and external... more »

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Department of Transportation

Stop Spiral Development Contracting

Spiral Development Contracting is killing the agency. We have come to expect cost overruns. Why do we allow them? We write a contract, companies bid, and the low bidder wins. Then, we let them charge double, triple what they bid they would perform the contract for. That's crazy. If a company bids $1B and says they can do the contract for that amount, then that's it. If they fail to perform...how about they pay the... 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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Government Accountability Office

Stop Small Business Set Asides and the 8(A) Program

In theory the programs work, but in practice there are too many flaws. Contractors know these flaws and capitalize on them. The government needs to fix these flaws or get rid of the programs altogether. The programs were intended to give opportunities to small businesses. For example, the 8(a) program gives qualified contractors the opportunity to receive "sole-source" contracts (not exceeding $3.5 million for goods and... more »

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Department of Defense

Simplify Contract Management

The process of developing a contract for small construction or services is counter productive to obtaining efficient services and needed work for our agencies. Every service should have canned templates how they want them to be constructed so all each sub-unit has to do is fill in the blanks. This is woefully slow, cumbersome, and filled with people who spend more time telling you what is wrong instead of what is needed... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Insource All IT Contracts

Right now, many agencies outsource their most vital IT functions to contractors. These contractors code programs but do not give Federal employees access to the coding. (In some cases, they don't even grant them access to query tools, thus monopolizing even the query process.) In effect, the contractor is holding the agency's information hostage for a continuing fee. In addition to being expensive, this is dangerous;... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Electronic Contract Files

Government contract files currently consume vast amounts of paper! There is no reason contract files are not almost exclusively electronic. A good first step would be to require all documents, including emails saved as PDF, be managed on the computer until contract award. At that time, the contract itself is the only document printed with original signatures; all other documents can be burned to CD/DVD and included... more »

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