Require the Intelligence Community to consolidate it's business IT systems to a common platform. Right now, CIA, NGA, NSA, NRO, and others maintain their own unique (and often un-interoperable) IT systems. This could carry-over and expand to include financial management, ERP systems, etc. The agencies will claim they have unique requirements, but they aren't so unique that we cannot resolve and consolidate these requirements... more »
We need a SAVE network. We are a complex and diverse set of departments, organizations, agencies, committees, and boards that aren't networked. There is very little transparency into the operations, capabilities, processes, or practices of other government orgs and we assume that our experiences apply across the government. The SAVE Award buys into the notion of a one-size fits all government and focuses on low hanging... more »
All agencies can benefit from secure document collaboration spaces, similar to Google Docs. The collaboration space could be made more secure for classified or sensitive documents. This would save server space required for E-mails, as people would no longer have to E-mail large files to eachother. The cost for purchasing, housing and maintaining servers would significantly decrease. This would also prevent printing of... more »
Like many agencies we have a warehouse of old and out of date IT hardware. Instead of being held in storage or landfill disposal, agencies should coordinate internally or if possible, throughout the federal government to collect and dispose of IT hardware using recycling centers that provide a cash value for recovered components. These centers protect and secure hardware, recycle plastic, and resell usable components... more »
NASA sponsors several summits that are not directly related to NASA's mission. For example, the NASA IT Summit. Although this summit may be useful to those in the IT community, NASA is not in the business of developing IT. If we are serious about saving money, then these types of activities that do not relate to NASA's core mission, should be canceled or held less frequently. Another alternative would be to hold on-line... more »
Many research personnel are issued both desktops and laptops. This entails both a start up cost of purchasing the equipment, as well as software license costs. I propose that for individuals who will be issued laptops, we do not issue desktops.
Promote the use of alternative financing contract vehicles, such as Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESC) for data center consolidation projects. Limiited budgets only allow for small interim improvements in greening the federal IT infrastructure. ESPC & UESC would provide the capital investment needed to make a substantial transformation in federal IT infrastructure,... more »
I know we have an email system that we can utilize for submitting IT requests, or we can call in, which I'm sure most people do. The problem comes when we get an email saying that we called in, and then no one shows up for awhile to fix our issue. I think it would be easier if there were a tracking system that we could log into to submit requests; and then we could track how long it's going to take for someone to assist... more »
At my location, open source software is considered insecure and a security risk. I have presented a number of open source solutions in order to save money around the complex, but nobody wants to take the plunge. A few examples would be Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) for hard drive sanitization, LimeWire for conducting surveys, Google Apps for Government, and Linux for a desktop. We currently use commercial solutions... more »
In the IT area, instead of using expensive firms like IBM, Lockheed Martin, SAIC, Oracle or any large firms that bill the government an average of $150+ per hour per contractor, bypass these large, expensive, and inefficient firms and hire directly independent contractors who will be happy to take half that hourly rate. You save the government money, and you create better paid opportunities for the American worker.... more »
Many government agencys have duplicative IT development efforts going on within their Agency because the Agency's CIO does not have the authority or responsibility to oversee all Agency IT development efforts. Make each Agency's CIO responsible for all IT development within the Agency. The CIO would receive all the Agency's IT funding. All IT efforts would have to be approved through the Agency's IT Configuration Control... more »
In my office, all the attorneys who request a blackberry can get one, which allows us to do our job more effectively. I have been in our office a little over a year and am on my second blackberry. Along with the new blackberry, which already came with a standard wall charger, I received a separate wall charger and a car charger. Of course, with the first blackberry, I was also given a regular wall charger that came... more »
This is an IT suggestion. Build a self-service password reset online application for government employees. This tool could be built securely and centrally (similar to the eOPF or the MyPaY tools), and iterated locally. It would automate one of the major uses of helpdesk personnel resources.
Currently the GSA Schedules is a joke at best and a total waste at worst in terms of price discount for the goods and services purchased by the federal, state, and local governments. Most of the pricing on the GSA Schedules are only 10-30% off the vendors’ list prices. The U.S. federal government agencies have consistently failed to realize any cost savings in its procurement practice based on the useless GSA Schedules.... more »
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 »