Lengthen Dept. of State Embassy personnel overseas postings from two years to three to four years, thus saving millions of dollars every year in transfer travel costs of employees and their families, shipment of their personal effects, and shipment of their private vehicles from post to post. USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) Foreign Service Officers have for decades routinely served four-year tours at most foreign posts while their Embassy colleagues routinely serve two years at the same post. The lengthening of the tours of Dept. of State personnel at foreign posts would result in a cost savings of millions of federal taxpayer dollars per year and be less disruptive at foreign posts in terms of personnel turnover, confusion to host country government officials, and longer-term continuity. This suggestion does not include unaccompanied danger posts such as Iraq or Afghanistan.
Idea No. 4506