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Department of Defense

Training on Common Office Apps

There are about 4-8 office productivity and e-mail applications that all federal workers use pretty much every day. We all know the brand names, and we all get new versions ported to us IAW our Agency's/Component's software refresh cycle. BUT many/most users never receive any training on how to effectivley use the apps. So, much paper and time gets wasted as users "hunt & peck" for the right print-out format, or the... more »

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Department of Defense

Software document template repository

We use Microsoft Office Products. Can we develop a repository of spreadsheets, access databases, power points, word documents to be used as templates? I have had to create numerous spreadsheets, power points and databases. This process would be a lot easier if I could go to a repository and find a template that I could customize for my purpose. Everyone has to “reinvent the wheel” whenever they create a new electronic... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Save Money on Software Licenses

I believe that the government could save a bundle if they didn't buy Microsoft Office Products and Licenses. There are so many products available now that are free to use. WordPad comes equipped on every computer, and then there are free downloadable programs such as Prezi, which could replace PowerPoint.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Computer software

Make sure that each employee has access to a computer or thin client, with the software they need to do their job.

Expedite the process for requesting computer equipment and software so that:
1) Employees can directly submit their requests to IRM, and
2) IRM is required to meet with each employee, to learn what computer equipment and software, the employee needs to do their job.
3) IRM is required to promptly provide... more »

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Department of Defense

SAAS, Use it! Just like you did with ideascale!

The government has become uncomfortable with the concepts of IT risk, we rarely develop tools in house and we are all to comfortable to pay contractors to develop something that we then pay them to sustain.

The incentives are wrong, we lock ourselves in with software organizations and large contractor software development houses.

Use smaller, leaner organizations that approach a single problem and solve it well, stop... more »

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Department of Defense

Replacement of NMCI with distributed and cloud technologies

Navy/Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI), a contractor-operated IT infrastructure, is too costly and out of date. The replacement system, Next Generation (NGEN) IT solution is an ill-defined concept that is basing its design concepts on the money-wasting, antiquated architectures dating as far back as 1969 and ARPANET.

Current technologies exist that would allow the Department of Navy (DON) and the USMC to deploy a fully... more »

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Department of Defense

Government Operating System

Create a government operating system using open source software. Based on Linux or BSD. The cost savings for the Army alone is about $85M+ per year for Windows, I dont what more for MS Office, Anti-virus etc. A standard desktop with office suite, internet browser, anti-virus, PDF, disc burning etc is easily attainable with open source. There are plenty of Linux Distro's and several BSD based that prove the point.... more »

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Department of Defense

Cancel the JSpOC Mission System acquisition

The JSpOC Mission System (JMS) currently being bid for and led by the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) under Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) is a redundant, bloated effort to replace aging stovepiped systems with new(er) non-industry standard stovepiped systems derived from code almost a decade old, completely ignoring the guidance set forth in DoD Directive 5000.1. The current Commerical-Off-The-Shelf products... more »

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Department of Defense

Software standardization

Each service currently purchases various pieces of software to accomplish their jobs, unfortunately they do this with tunnel-vision rather than reviewing the already approved software across all agencies. What happens is that the Army will purchase one type of software (for example) to digitally sign documents, the Air Force will use something else, the Navy something else also. Each piece of software requires accreditation,... more »

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Telecommunications Development Fund

Single Federal Internet Service Provider

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 »

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Department of Defense

Stop Paying Twice for Windows

We buy computers from Dell. Each computer comes with a license from Microsoft. (Sticker with license key) We then buy an Enterprise license to install Windows (any version) on that computer. Dell sells computers without Windows. We can buy our computers without Microsoft licenses, and then install our Enterprise software. (Volume Licensing)

We never use the preinstalled version, and we never use the license key we pay... more »

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Social Security Administration

Combine Federal Data Centers into one Data Powerhouse

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.
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

FDCC/USGCB/CIS-configured operating systems from factory

Per the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), federal information systems must be hardened according to security configuration standards such as the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC), the U.S. Government Configuration Baseline (USGCB), and the Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmarks.

Government (and contractor) IT shops spend countless hours configuring new and existing systems to ensure... more »

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Legislative Branch

Fewer Meetings

How much time do well paid executives spend sitting in meetings? Have you ever considered how much a single meeting can cost in salaries?

In the age of technology there are a lot of time and travel saving ways of sharing ideas. Wikis and other collaborative software are a great ways to share ideas with colleagues without needing to take a lot of time for everyone to meet.

Government IT departments often restrict or... more »

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