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Office of Personnel Management

MANDATORY CPU shutdown @ COB & prioritize IT updates, Save $10M

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 »

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EXOP - Office of Science and Technology Policy

Consolidation of technology/new media efforts

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 »

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Social Security Administration

Save Computer Drive & Email Space with Expiration Dates

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 »

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Department of Defense

Use Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) for IT Cost Savings

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 »

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Department of Defense

Move Federal IT services to the cloud

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 »

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Department of Homeland Security

FEMA IA Nemis

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.

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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 Commerce

Eliminate GSA Schedules and Reform Government Procurement

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 »

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Department of Justice

Multiple, unnnecessary accessories for blackberries

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 »

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Department of Energy

IT Development

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 »

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Department of Energy

Make Americans Independent Contractor for the Government

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 »

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Department of Energy

Open the door to Open Source Software

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 »

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