Update FEMA NEMIS IA to provide more information and more relevant information per page. We spend quite a bit of time going between tabs and pages. It also would provide a much more logical progression for training applicant services program specialists. It would also greatly reduce processing errors.
The average employee spends a majority of their time using basic computing services, by moving email to the cloud; the government could see a savings in operating and electricity. Google offers its email client GMail for government agencies under the Google Apps platform (GAP). GMail includes features comparable or better than what the USG is currently using: (1) GMail supports integration with Microsoft (MS) Outlook... more »
The idea is to use an open standard Enterprise Service Bus that integrates the functionality of a service oriented architecture (SOA), which can create a more agile and effective enterprise solution, to significantly reduce cost, provide a more flexible and adaptable environment, and resolve current interoperability issues that hinder the use of web technologies.This solution will: 1. Reduce cycle time of IT acquisition... more »
Every Helpdesk should be accountable for the quality of assistance provided.
This suggestion is for all agencies and departments.
If there were automatic expiration dates on emails sent out by management/supervisors, etc., it would help clear virtual space on the computer email and drives, thus maintaining a lower memory/storage and speeding up the computer's applications. Many agencies have a time-retention timeframe requirement for people holding onto Personally identifiable information contained in emails and old work. This would also lighten... more »
A follow to my post below: I learned that although the gov't has well-trained, talented people, we are using outside contractors to do the work at $300 an hour that we could/should do ourselves. The speed at which technology is outpacing government practices calls for a new way for departments and agencies to keep up the pace. Each agency has used, is currently using or plans to create tools that will take advantage... more »
This simple step will save hundreds of thousands of dollars (more likely millions) annually in processing and storage costs.
First change the JCL, then copy the data to new datasets using BLKSIZE=0
Here's how to save millions per year by flipping a switch. There is an all encompassing SOP that dictates federal employees leave their computers on (in "locked" mode) at the end of the day. This is a huge waste of electricity (ESPECIALLY if the monitor and speakers are also left on) I understand that the reason for this is so that IT can complete system updates using less bandwidth. However, by dividing the computers... more »
Many of the computers running on government networks are left on, running at full power 24/7, yet they are only used between 5-8 hours per day. This is like leaving a 100 watt light bulb on all the time, even when no one is in the room. Simply mandate that all local IT staff enable the most efficient Energy Star settings on every computer.
The information technology (IT) infrastructure, sometimes referred to as the Global Information Grid (GIG) - specifically servers, networks, network area storage, and information transport/transmission costs, and information assurance (IA) costs, should be funded at the DoD level at all DoD facilities and support activities for use by all DoD programs at that facility. Disallow the expense for the IT/IA costs at the... more »
In the name of saving money the USFS and I would guess other agencies created help desks for IT issues. Every time we call that number the FS is charged a fee. It gets frustrating when the person on the phone then cannot help you and has to refer you to the next level. Then I get a phone call from the IT person sitting upstairs that she is coming right down to fix the problem. Really?????? These are the same... more »
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 »
If an employee has a made, has made it through security and can access a government computer to insert their own cac card, chances are they have a need to access some type of information on this computer. If employees could use their cac card to login to a computer program it would save so many hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars spent wasting time trying to login and resetting their password when they guess wrong... more »
Save millions increase productivity by allowing Unexpected Flexiplace. Speed up the process of replenishment of PC's for those employees who will get a laptop and qualify for any type flexiplace before winter of 2011. MITS agreements at the IRS are in place but replenishment was set at 3 years. There are places the replaced pc can be used therefore there would be no loss of money Laptops across the nation are financially... more »
Combine all the federal agencies data under one roof. Build a data powerhouse a state-of-the-art facility that provides secure data processing services to federal agencies. The data powerhouse manages mainframe and server operations, monitors the wide area network and provides key service desk, technical support and disaster recovery services for many of the federal governments mission-critical applications. The Federal... more »