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IDEA Program: The Air Force Innovative Development Through Employee Awareness (IDEA) Program is an incentive program that promotes process improvement and/or resource savings through new and original ideas submitted by military and civilian employees. This is accomplished by encouraging a better way of doing business by fostering employee awareness and participation in the Air Force IDEA Program. Approved IDEA's are eligible for a cash award of $200 up to $10,000 per IDEA.
Submit your IDEA here https://ipds.randolph.af.mil
Contact TSgt Jennifer King at 884-6227 prior to any submissions
Q. Who can submit an idea? show answer
Q. How is my idea processed? show answer
Q. What are your rights? show answer
Q. Can I Submit for Reconsideration? show answer
- Additional evidence
- New Material/information or rationale
- New approach
- Clarification of significant issues
Q. Special processing for other type of ideas: show answer
Separate Improvement Process (SIP). Ideas that require a special form or separate approval process can be entered into IPDS only after they have been approved by the separate approval authority or completed per the assigned Air Force policy. There are over 700 SIPs. These include, but are not limited to: AFTO Form 22, Technical Order Improvement Report and Reply; AF Form 322, Base Civil Engineer Work Request; AF Form 2288, Fast Payback Capital Investment, and AF Form 2276, Productivity Investment Fund.
Scientific Achievements, Inventions and Patents. These are eligible for input into IPDS, but are processed IAW special processing rules. Please contact your base Idea Analyst if you have any questions on how to submit the above ideas.hide answer
Q. What makes an idea ineligible? show answer
- Is vague, incomplete, or deals with generalities or opinions.
- Appears to be a personal complaint or criticism.
- Proposes a stock-listed item be used for its intended purpose.
- Recommends the enforcement of an existing law, regulation, directive, instruction, or procedure unless it causes corrective action.
- Calls attention to obvious printing errors which do not cause serious misinterpretation, and which will normally be corrected at the next printing.
- Proposes a change in housekeeping practices or routine maintenance.
- Recommends a study be conducted or a tool designed, without specific proposal for improvement.
- Proposes changes to off-the-job activities in community affairs, including charities, public and private education, scouting, church and athletic programs.
- Offers ideas or designs for posters, slogans, contests, advertising or promotional material.
- Benefits an Air Force contractor with no benefit to the United States Government.
- Recommends improvements to non-appropriated fund activities.
- Proposes improvements to non-governmental activities, including banks and credit unions.
- Covers routine operations, including requesting supply items, office equipment, and telephone services.
- Proposes force structure issues, including major systems acquisitions.
- Recommends that a form be developed, revised, or changed without specific proposal for operational improvement, if it entails study of all forms, or if it results in new technology.
- Proposes realignment of text or an additional of a word when there has been no serious misunderstanding or error reported.
- Has been determined not to be the submitter’s own idea.
- Benefits a submitter in a personal way.
- Is not an approved AFTO 22 or AFTO Form 135.
- Has “correction” marked on AFTO Form 22.
- If it drives additional manpower.
Q. What are the job responsibility criteria? show answer
If an idea can be implemented by an individual (submitter), without approval of higher authority, including the reporting official or supervisor, the action is considered to be within job responsibility.
If the submitter’s primary responsibility is to make recommendations on the subject matter contained in the idea, the action is considered to be within job responsibility. If in doubt, check the submitter’s position description, enlisted performance report or officer performance report for verification.
If an idea is developed by a team or group and can be implemented without approval of higher authority, or if the team has been officially chartered in writing, to make recommendations on the subject matter contained in the idea, the action is considered to be within job responsibility.
As a general rule, if not addressed above, ideas from base level that must be approved and implemented at command-level or higher normally are not job responsibility. The same rationale applies for command personnel when approval authority is at Headquarters Air Force or higher.
All other ideas are considered to be outside job responsibility.hide answer
From the Idea Program office: We would like to thank the submitters who continue to submit their good ideas via IPDS as well as all the supervisors and evaluators who support the 1 SOFSS Idea Program by their thorough evaluations. Our goal is to ensure ideas are processed promptly and fairly. Please let us know if your experience with submitting your idea is anything short of this goal. We look forward to your next good idea!