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Use it or loose it policy

While serving in the USAF, I witnessed an abuse of funds. They started a use it or loose it policy, where if your department was fiscally conscious and came in under budget. The amount that was saved was not budgeted the next year, thus organizations are penalized for coming in under budget. The issue arises in that in my Fighter Squadron it was difficult to project what parts would break in combat. So what was done was... more »

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Savings on Training

The cost of training each and every employee is extremely high and I believe that there is a better, more cost efficient way of doing things. Currently, the Government sends each employee to their required training, paying for their flight, hotel and per diem. For a two week course, this can easily be $5000 per person. If there are 20 people in this class, then the cost is $100,000 plus the cost of the instructors... more »

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Save money, less military moves

The military ,every year moves hundreds of thousands of members just for career advancement.The taxpayer not only foots the bill for the expensive move but also in the 2-3 months of lost productivity Cut these permanent change of station moves by 2/3. Raise the time on station limit to 6 years before someone can move to another base.

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Stop Auctioning New Items Needed Elsewhere in DoD

DoD continues to auction off many new items that could be used elsewhere in DoD. Recently, I have seen new uniforms, field equipment, insignia, and flags, to name just a few, being auctioned off for pennies on the dollar by one of the property disposal offices. Each was new and current issue. In some cases they were still in their original factory packaging. Procedures need to be put into place and enforced to ensure... more »

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Extend Time Between TS Clearance Reinvestigations

Currently, an individual with a TS clearance must be completely reinvestigated every five years. This is an expensive and time consuming process that has provided little benefit in rooting out potential spies, terrorists, etc. My suggestion is to do a full reinvestigation every ten years and every five years do just a police and financial records check. This will reduce the manpower and time required and save the government... more »

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Stop Giving Closing Government Facilities to Cities for Free

Currently, DoD turns over for free (after paying all the clean-up costs) all military bases and facilities that are being closed. The local jurisdiction, in turn, sells the property to a developer for millions if not billions. (Walter Reed being a prime example. Under the current procedures DoD and the taxpayer will see nothing from the sale of the property). DoD should be able to sell the property directly to a developer... more »

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Budget planning and cuts

Throughout the time I have worked for DOD I have seen so many ways that money is being wasted.
Shops and codes have a set amount of money a year they can spend on for their budget. Some spend it all at once, which doesn't work well, because when it gets close to the end of the fiscal year, they have run out of many items and don't have the money in their budget to get more, or they have to borrow money. Then other's... more »

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The Government continues to be overcharged

Certain components aboard our newer ships (specifically, submarines) are significantly overpriced - standard titanium ball and seat kits for standard valves are priced at over $190,000.00 - simply due to the fact that they are tied to a specific class of boat. Unacceptable. The exact same valve is avalable for other classes of boat for $4600.00. This is significant waste and must be addressed. This is a classic case... more »

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Stop Paying Twice for Windows

We buy computers from Dell. Each computer comes with a license from Microsoft. (Sticker with license key) We then buy an Enterprise license to install Windows (any version) on that computer. Dell sells computers without Windows. We can buy our computers without Microsoft licenses, and then install our Enterprise software. (Volume Licensing)

We never use the preinstalled version, and we never use the license key we pay... more »

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A Simple Idea That Is Easy To Implement

I propose that when military members are sent TDY they be required to share quarters or hotel rooms with one other member, providing they do not have to share the same bed, are of equal rank and the same gender.

When my unit was sent on a mission for a few weeks, we stayed at a hotel and each member got their own room which was equipped with two beds. My brother, also in my unit, was sent TDY with us and we decided to... more »

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Budget Processes

The process by which the military procures and spends money needs to be altered. As it stands, each unit must annually spend all its funds or else risk receiving less money the following year. Additionally, these funds are split into different "colors" of money. There is no incentive to save money, and ample incentive to spend every dime.

The process should be streamlined to the following:

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Unnecessary Waste in Military Repair/Supply System

Repair of aircraft components is split into three levels: Depot, Intermediate (MALS), and Organizational (Sqaudron). When a part is deemed "repairable" and damaged at the O-Level, it is sent to the I-Level for repair and then to the D-Level if the I-Level cannot fix it. The system works in reverse as well. If a repairable part is found damaged at the Depot level, an I-level may have some repair capability for that part... more »

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Eliminate Air Force Fitness Assessment Cell

The Air Force is paying civilians to conduct bi-annual fitness testing of military members. This shows a complete lack of confidence in the integrity of Airman and is a serious waste of resources. Immediately stand down the fitness assessment cells and return fitness testing responsibility to military members. We can control nuclear weapons but can't be trusted to count push-ups? Does anyone else see a problem with this?... more »

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Direct Shipment of KTR Purchased parts to Military Depot Sites

The government pays for quality inspection that amounts to millions of dollars in salaries, benefits, G&A and profit by government contractors that will be inspected again at military depot installations.

Defense Contractors that purchase Military Parts for the government will require two inspection points. One inspection is performed by the contractor at their site then is bundled and shipped to the military depot... more »

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