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Stop Funding Wasteful USAID projects

Often USAID tries to implement plush projects in countries that are not meeting conditions for such assistance (i.e., corruption, lack of accountability/transparency). Stop funding projects that do not support the President's National Export Initiative. Spending $2 million for a buttersquash farm in Guyana is not a useful way of using taxpayer monies. Stop allowing USAID to take the easy way out in projects. Have ...more »

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Stop U.S. Human Trafficking & Smuggling by updating DV Lotto

The Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) program has been active for 20 years. My suggestion is simple and cheap and involves how one applies for the visa. Individuals seeking a Diversity Visa must submit an online application during the now 30-window. Currently "agencies" exist and submit millions of online applications. These agencies than notify the selectee’s if they win and go on to charge thousands of dollars. This ...more »

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Energy Saving Idea

- replace all light bulbs and fluorescent tubes with LED lights and use only LED lights and fixtures for future installation (It’d save power consumption from 60% up to 80%) - replace all residential use and multi system air conditioners with Inverter units/type and use only Inverter units/type for future installation (It’d save power consumption from 40% up to 60%) - install inverter or variable frequency (VFD) drives ...more »

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Convert contract employees

Establish an "Open Season" where an agency could -- at its discretion -- convert current contract employees to existing, vacant FTE if it can be demonstrated that the conversion would result in at least a 10 percent savings to the USG.

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Reduce lodging expenses

The USG lodging allowance in many locations is very high. When on TDY, employees should be encouraged to use a cheaper hotel and receive an incentive of 50% of the difference between the chosen hotel and the maximum per-diem. For example: if the lodging allowance in Paris, France is $410 but the traveler is staying at a hotel charging only $300 per night, he/she will receive an incentive of $55/night. The government ...more »

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Cut spending

Let's start at the TOP - with the defense budget for instance - lots of pork fat there! Then let's move on to the salaries and benefits of our Congressmen and House of Reps and don't forget the Senators - a small pay cut wouldn't hurt them in the least and it's only fair that we ALL pitch in. Next let's extend the work age to 67 or maybe even 68, instead of mandatory retirement at 65, so that we baby boomers can continue ...more »

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GovDocs: A collaborative clearance platform

Many of us spend hours a day moving paper from one office to another through the clearing process in order to build consensus and input on policy issues. Oten times we are working across agencies and across time-zones with our counterparts across the U.S. and/or at different U.S. embassies around the world. I propose that agencies engaged in the writing clearance process have a collaborative software developed (similar ...more »

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more efficient cars

I see many US Government organizations using big and completely not efficient Chevrolet Suburbans. Most of them are using petrol (benzene) as a fuel that is most expensive among fuels and consume like around 30 liters per 100 km. Why not using more efficient diesel cars? I can understand the slogan “By USA made cars”. However, I understood that a number of in the past non-USA car making companies moved almost entirely ...more »

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Airfare Savings

All government employees who do not have a medical reason must travel economy class when flying. While long overseas fights are extremely tiring, the additional cost to fly business class is often several thousand dollars more. A colleague of mine flew to Bangladesh for $8,000 in business class as compared to an economy class seat at a quarter of the price. While business class is more comfortable, this is a sacrifice ...more »

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4 day Work Week

I have to say that this idea would save the government a lot of money. It would also help the individual save money as well. By working 4 days a week the govenment would not have to pay for cleaning services at its facilities around the USA and Overseas. The air conditioning system and heating system could be maintained at a minimal amount which would save money. The lighting and computer systems could all be shut down ...more »

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Billing medical insurance for health services in embassies.

Embassies should bill the health insurance of employees and family members who use the health unit. All staff have health insurance, and the billing would count towards their annual deductable. If the employee has not met the deductable yet, State would not collect from the employee. DoD bills health insurance and it collects a great deal of money.

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Use Network printers, scanners, Fax m in all Government offices.

I have a hard time with the enormous amount of waist that I see every day in the Federal Government on a number of things. One of the things that bother me a great deal is that many Departments feel like it is necessary to provide a printer on most employees desks, of which a great number are color printers. I feel strongly that employees should be networked to a central printer. If this were the case there would be millions ...more »

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Freedom of Information: Charge modest fees to all requesters

The FOIA exempts certain requesters from paying fees, and establishes several categories of requesters eligible for fee waivers. Consequently, this program - which at passage in 1966 was assumed would be self-financing - now imposes a significant cost to the US budget. In FY 2010, for only the State Department, over 18,000 requests and appeals were processed at a total cost of $11.4 million, for an average per-request ...more »

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