If everyone in the Federal Government took $1,500 pay cut how much would we cut the budget? If the overall Congress and the White House took a 20% pay cut how much more would we save? If you combined those cuts along with the current budget cuts we could be on the plus side.
Department of State
Foreign service tours should last a minimum of three years. Two years is too short a time to develop expertise in a country and a position. The first six months an officer is learning and adjusting, and the last few months he or she is distracted by preparations for the next post. After two years in a position, the experience, knowledge, and contacts gained really start to pay off, but then an officer has to move to another... more »
I have stayed on official business in hotel accommodations in three countries, and I believe the perdiem amounts are too generous by at least 5-10%. Safe accommodations and food do not necessarily have to cost five-star prices. Many hotels, knowing the government rate, charge right up to the maximum. Per diems should be reviewed more frequently, and the process should be examined.
Military Bases, Posts, Embassies, Consulates, and other goverment organizations abroad can readlily see savings and expedite shipping by consolidating shipments to the nearest port or despatch within the US prior to sea or air deliveries overseas. By sea- Typically each location has it's own 20 or 40 foot container docked at port awaiting fill prior to shipment. During this time the space is rented and in some cases... more »
I think we have way too many armored vehicles in our embassies. Granted some locations require them, but most do not. These heavy armored cars create hazards themselves and are costly to run.
If employees are already driving around in unarmored personal vehicles, then the only reason to use an armored vehicle at an embassy is for VIP visits and heads of mission. Any other use could be a waste.
When a federal employee moves from Agency to Agency they have to undergo a new security clearance process. Security Clearances should be standardized across the federal government so if you have a secret or top secret clearance at one agency it is accepted in a new agency. It is wasteful to have to re-investigate the same individual just because they are moving within the government. Having one standard of clearance... more »
I think a lot of the computer network management can be moved to the U.S. from the embassies. We don't need so many network managers overseas anymore, just hardware technicians. Make a call center in DC for support, and if needed any hardware issues will be relayed to the local hardware technicians.
Many employees serving abroad store belongings the dont need for many years and then they through it away because they dont need it anymore or things are useless.save money of packing shipping and storing by offer them a one time amount instead.
I deeply appreciate the support provided by Office Management Specialists in the Department of State overseas. Why not gradually train those experienced employees to move up to higher jobs, and give some of the secretarial support roles to family members to save money. This will have the added benefit of bringing in EFMs who can also move up and then save the department money by having more tandem couples assigned oversease.... more »
4.Close most American Embassies.
a.The purpose of an Embassy is to represent the country overseas because slow communications prevented rapid information response from the government.
i.The invention of the telephone, fax and internet made embassies obsolete.
ii.A handful of regional embassies can have Visa’s and other documents.
3.Stop giving our money to other countries.
a.Let them buy from the US and pay with commodities.
In a time when our young people are looking for work, and trying to get an education, I believe that we can learn something from other countries that have a mandatory military service requirement. Our young people would serve their country, while gaining experience in a career field, and receive training opportunities for employment when their time is up. In exchange, all military men/women would receive a 1-for-1 exchange.... more »
Our military has some of the most brilliant and hard working men and women serving our country. I believe that we should use their knowledge, and bodies to help to rebuild our countries infrastructure. There are many roads, bridges, and other infrastructure that are in disrepair. We can use our military men and women to repair our worn out roadways and bridges. It would allow training for them, and provide a need... more »
1. Implement and update Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), including all applicable regulations, to: a) Simplify processes to reduce costs; b) Improve them or adopt new procedures that can enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the operations; c) Identify critical processes; and d) Improve the speed of government operations to achieve better efficiency. NAS Colombia prepared approximately 80 processes with the... more »
The U.S. Dept of State spends far too much on maintaining a large-scale classified system. We are and will continue to be constantly short of resources. Maintaining a large-scale classified IT infrastructure is wasteful and largely counter-productive for American diplomacy. As George Kennan argued: "Diplomacy, after all, is not a conspiracy. The best diplomacy is the one that involves the fewest, not the most, secrets... more »