A great deal of funds are spent on redundant activities, even within the same division of an agency. Various offices could each have separate twitter feeds to keep others updated on their activities and efforts. The use of social media would also unify agencies and enhance collaboration.
The Government frequently contracts out unique requirements that it would otherwise not make sense to insource (basic make vs. buy concept). It clearly does not make sense to hire full time employees to complete tasks that you would only need a few time. It also doesn't make sense to set up contract vehicles for simple tasks that anyone with a computer and a little competency can complete. I know of a contract our agency... more »
Every year, agencies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on national conference calls. This is especially true for agencies that provide training to stakeholders. In these cases, a call can last 2 hours with only a half an hour of that time allotted for Questions and Answers. The government should consider moving to a podcast format. This way, the speakers can record the calls on their own time, and those calls can... more »
Social media is a critical tool for federal employees but poses significant security risks to agency infrastructure. Provide all federal employees who request it acces to a second computer equipped with unrestricted access to the Internet.
Eliminate the costs each agency spends to run internet web sites. Create a single federal “Internet Service Provider” where all agencies have accounts at this one location. This would greatly reduced costs compared to now where each agency individually buys the same equipment, software and services. As another advantage, agency developed applications are available to all agencies as shared add-ons. Currently each Federal... more »
I believe we can save money by reducing electronic "clutter". I challenge my colleagues (and anyone who reads this) to only send emails per day. Make a phone call. Stop by someone's desk. Have a video conference call. If you are limited to sending ten emails per day, I predict the content should become more meaningful, communication will improve, you will experience a positive difference in your workplace relationships,... more »
My recommendation for saving the US government money would be eliminate the costs of printing brochures, cards, video DVDs, and informational CDs that are used as promotional items by utilizing social media more. I have seen in my office alone numerous brochures for various programs, ie: IMAGE, E-Verify, Operation Community Shield, and over 10,000 cards referencing Human Trafficking in seven different languages. We... more »
Have you ever needed to find someone in your agency that has the expertise or authority to help you on a project? Me too. How long did it take you to finally find the right person? How many emails did you send? Phone calls made? Hours/days wasted? I propose the federal government invests in and/or creates an interactive web tool on the intranet that let's federal employees create a user profile... with expertise... more »