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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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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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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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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Navy/Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI), a contractor-operated IT infrastructure, is too costly and out of date.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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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 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 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 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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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 the Interior

FIX OR REPLACE eTravel!!

Why is it so difficult to get my money back through eTravel? Why is it easier to do my taxes on TurboTax than to complete the voucher on eTravel? Why does it take 4-8 hours to complete a voucher? Why are there so many bugs? Why is eTravel extremely user-UNfriendly? This isn't rocket science, and so many man-hours are completely wasted on this system. Get it fixed, or replace it.

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pay beltway bandits for software based on independent testing

we all have our nightmare stories -- beltway bandits who schmooze the gov into lucrative contracts then don't deliver, contractors who hire retired gov. big shots so they can procure contracts, projects that run over budget and still charge the government. it goes on and on.

here is an idea specific for software projects. what about an independent government group whose sole purpose is to have 100% control over paying... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Government app store

I am a big believer that technology enhances everything we do and because technology is evolving so extremely quickly these days, the government needs to be using these tools to streamline our processes.

After becoming a federal employee, I was shocked to learn that not only does it sometimes take months to get new software and hardware approved, but that the same software had already been approved for other agencies.... more »

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Government app store

I am a big believer that technology enhances everything we do and because technology is evolving so extremely quickly these days, the government needs to be using these tools to streamline our processes.

After becoming a federal employee, I was shocked to learn that not only does it sometimes take months to get new software and hardware approved, but that the same software had already been approved for other agencies.... more »

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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 Defense

Reduce Reporting Requirements

Right now we have to provide information to higher ups the way they specify, even though the antiquated systems and software we are using do not easily allow for the info they need. Each primary area speaks it's own language without a good method to cross reference. We need to be able to tell information seekers what we can provide - not necessarily have them tell us what to give them.

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