Shows & Panels
- The 2014 Big Picture on Cyber Security
- AFCEA Answers
- Ask the CIO
- Connected Government
- Consolidating Mission-critical Systems
- Constituent Servicing
- Continuous Monitoring: Tools and Techniques for Trustworthy Government IT
- The Data Privacy Imperative: Safeguarding Sensitive Data
- Eliminating the Pitfalls: Steps to Virtualization in Government
- Federal Executive Forum
- Federal Tech Talk
- Government Cloud Brokerage: Who, What, When, Where, Why?
- Government Mobility
- Mission-critical Apps in the Cloud
- Mobile Device Management
- The Modern Federal Threat Landscape
- The Path from Legacy Systems
- Understanding the Intersection of Customer Service and Security in the Cloud
Shows & Panels
Agency resource-sharing database plan relies on simple premise
Tuesday - 9/20/2011, 9:19am EDT
By Jack Moore
Federal News Radio
Sometimes the best ideas rely on relatively simple premises.
Case in point: Aung Gye, of the Federal Highway Administration, proposed setting up a governmentwide database of agency resources — such as vehicles, office space and, even, procurements — to better share them among agencies.
His idea, which was submitted to the Merit Awards, sponsored by IT networking group MeriTalk, earned him $50,000 as the best idea for using IT to "fix government."
The judges said Gye's idea could reduce acquisitions and save agencies unnecessary spending.
The General Services Administration already keeps track of vehicles, for example, however agencies are unable to see if they are currently being used.
Gye's idea is a "live database," updated in real-time and shareable among many agencies, he said.
"The big overall picture is sharing across all agencies, serving many people many times over and over again," he added.
In that relatively simple idea, Gye was inspired by his children, he told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris.
"You know how we ask our children to share their pencils, toys and so on? So why can't we do that in the government?" he said. "And in today's environment, with the budget crunch and everything, I think we need to definitely explore not the traditional ways but new ways to maximize the return on investment."
There are no hard numbers on how much his idea could ultimately save, but Gye estimated it would be in the millions. He said he hopes GSA will spearhead further developing and implementing his plan.
As for the prize money?
Gye said he's putting it toward his childrens' education.