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Reduce M&IE rates

Reduce the M&IE rates in CONUS and FOREIGN. The standard rate U.S. would be more than sufficient in almost ALL locations. Most people lodge at hotels that serve a complimentary breakfast. Almost everyone eats lunch at a fast food place and most diners eat "on the cheap" for dinner so that they can pocket the cash. Those who are on extended TDY's often stay in rooms with fridges and microwaves and they buy microwavable ...more »

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Time for Emmigration Reform

Start making leaving America easier. Get foreign countries to trde us students. Get start up opportunities in emerging economies for adventurous citizens. Time to get thr global economy flowing both ways.

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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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Lower ICASS Furniture Pool Costs, Adhere to the Buy America Act

The State Department should purchase furniture for ICASS furniture pools from the cheapest source possible, instead of through their current expensive contract. This change adheres to the procurement guidelines outlined in the Buy America Act (U.S. Code , Title 41, Chapter 1, section 10a). Management Officers worldwide should be encouraged to find the highest quality, but lowest cost supplier for the Department. A master ...more »

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OPIC’s EDN SAVES MILLIONS FOR INT’L INVESTMENT & DEVELOPMENT

Encourage USG international development and investment organizations and multilateral development banks (MDBs) to participate in OPIC’s Enterprise Development Network, and utilize the EDN Search Engine (beta.ednacccess.com) to promote their programs. Investment in developing countries is crucial to solving challenges like instability and hunger, but it is very difficult to achieve due to unstable political, financial ...more »

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Saving tips at work place

The following are the some tips that we can implement to SAVE some $s. 1. We can put occupancy sensors if feasible, so that lights will be ON only if somebody is in the area and if no sufficient light is there. 2. We can advice all of the employees that they use duplex printing type copying/ printing machine. Use both sides of paper. If print is wasted for any reason, use its other side for rough work. By doing this ...more »

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NEGOTIATE VEHICLE OIL CHANGE FEE'S

We should stop paying approximately $30.00 - $50.00 for each government vehicle oil change for an estimated fleet of 600,000 vehicles government wide. Currently, we use hundreds of oil change facilities including national brands, car dealerships, etc. I recommend that we negotiate flat rate fee's for individual oil changes at 3-5 national brands and implement guidance for using these brands. If a designated brand ...more »

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With one tiny letter, we can save at least $50,000.

At DoS, our office acronyms are a foundation of many of our information systems; they are standardized to reflect the name of the office, not the name of the individual who occupies that office. This eliminates the need for widespread change during times of personnel turnover. The addition of a second Deputy Secretary, however, brought about a change to our acronym conventions that has actually resulted in significant ...more »

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Merge Separate Consulates into the Embassy compound

The idea of how much rent is spent on a Consular Agencies is mind boggling. This would be such an obvious savings for the USG each year. Not only the rent, the extra utility costs which are involved is wasted. When they would review the size a each country, they could manage to merge these agencies to the Embassy if it is a mere 2 hours trip for most people no matter where they reside in the foreign country. The staff ...more »

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We need a couple of new States

To consolidate military and aid resources, we should plant our flag on a couple more continents. Sure the age of colonialism ended about 100 years ago but consider the savings. If We absorbed the failed state of Liberia, we could have a strong African presence without needing to deal with local dictators. We historically owe Liberia, but that is a different matter. As for Asia, think Phillipines. They were a part ...more »

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Make duty tour 3 years at a Post and not 2 years to save cost.

Extend duty tour to 3 years at a Post so that American Employees at Post will move twice in 6 years and not 3 times in 6 years. Duty tour should be 3 years mandatory. Reason is that total amount of money involved in transferring an employee and eligible dependants from post to post is too much and could be saved while achieving the same goal. A lot of taxpayers dollars is wasted in moving shipments from post to post ...more »

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Reducing import of foreign oil by reducing traffic congestions.

Currently, I believe most companies’ work starting times are broken down by 30 minutes interval. The 30 minute intervals are not enough breaks to reduce traffic congestions. Denver I-25 is packed every morning; I am sure all big cities have traffic problems. The problems create daily bumper to bumper and stopping on the highways; therefore, the nation is spending lots of gasoline. No wonder gas is so expensive ...more »

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