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Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

Re-alignment under NAVSEA...

When we were under NAVSEA SUPSHIP, before the formation of the Regional Maintenance Centers at SCRMC, SERMC, SWRMC and MARMC(now NSSA) in 2005, we had ONE Uniform Position Description (PD) for the roles of Ship Surveyor (Shipbuilding Specialist) GS-1101-12, Project Manager GS-1152-13 and Quality Assurance Inspector GS-1910-12. During the recent Fleet Maintenance Audit (FMA) the auditors commented on the different rates ...more »

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New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

Restructure/Re-alignment

Working for the Federal Government is a civil duty and a privilege. I believe management needs to be rotated so not to develop to much control and abuse of power. The Chief of Staff, Senior Business officer, Chief Director and Senior Executive should not be in the same directoriate/location for more than 5-7 years they can be in the same agency but rotate throughout the agency (unless there is need to have them relocated). ...more »

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Working Together: Governments, Businesses, Non-Profits...

Volunteer Registry Network

I believe there are a lot of people with unique talents in all areas of business that would be glad to pitch in and do whatever they can to help the country, government, community. Why not have a have a website where volunteers can register their location, skills and availability. The site would be a searchable database for the different government agencies to access additional manpower where ever and whenever needed, ...more »

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Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

Data set of resources for disabled veterans & military families

Veterans with traumatic brain injury can't navigate the bureaucracy on their own to identify all the support available to them.

Making a data file containing a database of resources for disabled veterans available for download would allow other organizations to create interfaces to the data and services to help disabled veterans.

A similar data set for resources for military families world also be useful.

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Prepare & Fortify Power Grid for National Security

Prepare & Fortify National Security: for an inevitable Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP), both natural and man made are deemed likely. One man made device over the center of the USA and detonated near 100-200 miles high, will cripple the USA - coast to coast, and most of the urban areas of Canada and Mexico in an instant. It could take decades to repair our way out of such an event. Within two days there would be no food ...more »

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New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

Allow DAU Credentials for All

THE PROBLEM: While Defense Acquisition University 9DAU) allows anyone to access its courses, only priority and approved personnel gain credit for its classes. This slows down the training of acquisition recruits, costing taxpayers' money. GENERAL SOLUTION: Allow EVERYONE to gain credit for DAU classes. This gives the opportunity for college students and the unemployed to train before being hired, speeding up training. ...more »

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Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

Cold War Service Medal

This year marks the 19th year since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Many lives were lost in America's Longest War, planes and ships attacked, ground troops fired upon. No medal exists to honor these veterans who did much the same jobs as today's military. The NDAA for 2002 contained a provision for a Cold War Medal, but it was denied. Over the last ten years many attempts were made to provide ...more »

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Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

Defense contracts as a data file instead of just text

Public information about defense contracts is published as text on:

http://www.defense.gov/Contracts/

It would be useful to have a regularly updated data set with contract information available for download (e.g. project name, project id, vendor/company, cost, link to description, link to earmarks, etc.).

It would make it easier to track costs.

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19 votes

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Protect soldier safety by buying American.

We are at the mercy now of foreign countries who manufacture a growing amount of our military goods. For example, many parts of our communications equipment are now manufactured in Taiwan and similar countries. What happens if we find ourselves at odds with that country. They could cripple the military by withholding parts. What could we do if we can not maintain communications? I know that this practice allows for defense ...more »

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Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

A site like this one for technical ideas related to defense

For public participation, a site like this one for crowd-sourcing technical ideas related to defense would be useful. There are a lot of combat veterans and civilians who probably have a lot of ideas of what kinds of weapons, equipment and improvements would be useful to have on the ground. Example: Helicopters are used to trim the vegetation around power lines (see video or search for 'helicopter tree trimming' on ...more »

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Working Together: Governments, Businesses, Non-Profits...

Post Unclassified Contracts via DoD Twitter

CORE IDEA Automatically post all unclassified DoD contracts to Twitter from a DoD Contract account. SPECIFIC SOLUTION Using a free service such as TwitterFeed (http://twitterfeed.com) make this an easy solution to implement. BENEFITS - Ensures the President's OpenGov Directive is fulfilled - Allows contractors greater access to data, promoting "full and open competition" - Takes little or no money out of your ...more »

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Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

DoD Web Site Directory

DoD should expand upon http://www.defense.gov/home/webwatch/ to include all official, beta, and pilot external web properties managed by the department. The directory should provide intuitive navigation and enable users to discover sites based upon both text-based and faceted search. Once the directory is completed, it should be expanded to include other departmental digital communication assets, such as public facing ...more »

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The Department of Defense should live webcast all meetings

DOD should live webcast all meetings for proposed rule making and regulations where the public comment should take place. They should make these meetings available for on demand viewing and have the ability to have that content be indexed for video search. By doing this the public and stakeholders will be able to see the inner workings of the rule making process and make the content and proceedings transparent to the ...more »

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Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

Better leverage open source software and open IT

The 1,600 members of Open Source for America are dedicated to supporting and guiding federal efforts to make the US government more open through the use of open source software. We have established recommendations for all agencies to consider in their Open Government Plans, with these recommendations especially highlighting the need to remove barriers to the successful leveraging of open source software and open IT more ...more »

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New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

Standing User Experience & Design Resources for DoD Web Pilots

Federal web pilot projects (both internal and external) consistently are undermined by usability and design shortcomings. The reason for this is because few program managers have access to standing, cost-effective user experience and design resources within their organizations. They therefore need to contract out vendors who specialize in the practice. However, owing to their small budgets and the bureaucracy of federal ...more »

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Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

DOD Categories

Here's a list of some of the issues that people have been talking about. Complaints, Documents, Education, Regulations, Information Tech, Defense Contractor Accountability, DOD Video Posts, Data Sets, Veterans & Families, Active Duty Personnel, Safety, Security, Social Media, Design Resources. The list needs to be organized, and added to as needed, in a format that is easy for the general public to read and ...more »

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11 votes

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Open Contracting Forum / Post Contractors and Accountability

First of all, all contracts should be open to all potential war contractors and no bid contracts should never be allowed. Secondly, contractors such as Haliburton, should be held accountable for poisoning soldiers and killing soldiers even if it was an accident- your agency hired the worst, most negligent company available. Thirdly, there must be accountability for every dollar spent. I'm recommending for the trillions ...more »

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10 votes

Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

DoD Social Media Data Set

DoD should publish a machine readable data set outlining the department's use of social media in external communications. The data set should include all public social media accounts used in direct or indirect engagement with the US public, who the account is associated with (ex. official department or sub-department account, official PR spokesman/woman account, or leadership figure's account used for official communications), ...more »

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9 votes

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Having an Open DoD Architecture for Collaborative Engagement

For citizens, industry, other Agencies and even those internal to DoD to engage and share ideas that are more informed and relevant, it would be helpful to them to understand the architecture of the DoD enterprise, at least at a high-level. This would include such knowledge as the key DoD strategic drivers, goals, initiatives, processes, services, technologies, etc. If this knowledge was shared more openly, as much ...more »

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8 votes

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Hub & Spoke DFARS/FAR

Hubbing & spoking works like mind maps (think http://mind42.com) with terms in each little box branching off to spokes. Inside each hub and spoke is a hyperlink that will take you to a specific part of the FAR. Other examples of this are: - Music Map - http://Music-map.com - Musicovery - http://Musicovery.com - Hub and Spoke - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub_and_spoke Essentially, this is another way to ...more »

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