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Legislative Branch

Hire more FTEs (Government Employees)

Many contractos spend years on the same job and often the same contract or it's re-incarnation. Many ar Sub-contractors. The actual workers make the equivalent of government workers salaries but their cost to the government is far higher due to the contracting company profit margine and overhead. i.e. a contractor may be billed at $120/hr while actually earning $50/hr + benefits. Given their longevity on the job it... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Simplify Conservation Contracts

Farm Bill Conservation Program Contracts have become increasingly difficult to administer with current contracting rules and software. Move towards a contracting system that allows for greater schedule flexibility for the participant. Currently contracts must be routinely modified and rescheduled with changes in the plan of operations. Put in place a contract system that allows for allocation of funds for conservation... more »

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Legislative Branch

Hire unemployed recent law school graduates for Contracting Jobs

There are significant numbers of recent law school graduates who are unemployed and facing a significant debt load. These are bright men and women who have a strong aptitude for the contracting and acquisition field. With minimal additional training, these enterprising people will be able to jump into the contracting and acquisition roles and significantly reduce the cost of mismanaged acquisitions and relieve the crisis-level... 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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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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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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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 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 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 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 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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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 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

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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