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Use it or loose it policy

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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

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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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Don't Cut Military Spending, Just Spend Wiser

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Instead of cutting money to the military, quit paying extremely high retention bonuses. For a new person to enter the Navy, for example, there is a sign on bonus of at $2000 and some even get $25,000 depending on their ASVAB scores. After getting into the military, those with specialized rates are being given at most a $75,000 bonus. Most get a $25,000 bonus. If they joined the military as a volunteer and the job... more »

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Budget planning and cuts

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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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Save over $500 million annually limit exec. air travel

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I have noticed over the years that there has been alot of military airlift missions from our Command. The travel is mostly going from Norfolk, VA to Washington, D.C. Which is roughly a 45 minute flight, as opposed to a 3 hour drive. That is great for time savings, but not financial savings.

I noticed some flight orders with the expenses listed for the air travel. Usually between $11K and $12K a flight, so round trip... more »

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A Simple Idea That Is Easy To Implement

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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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Cut Unneccessary Spending

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I work in Medical Logistics (supply) at Spangdahlem AB in Germany. I see massive amounts of waste every day.

Taxpayer funds are allowed to purchase things like customized stethoscopes, fancy gel pens, etc. We don't need these items to function. I have a nice pen... that I bought with my own money. If commands were made to make sure units were purchasing the simplest day to day items that best get the job done DoD wide,... more »

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Budget Processes

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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:

Each unit should be given... more »

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Consolidate AF Inspections

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Consolidate AF inspections (UCI, LCAP, ORI, MCCI) into 1 inspection and have 1-POC for the inspections. Also, many inspections (ORIs) are obsolete (cold war era thinking). These serve no purpose other than to have MAJCOMs and Wing Commanders get a "warm-fuzzy" that their folks could survive if a ficticious cold war were to happen.

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Save billions by using military instead of contractors

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The Government pays contractors billions of dollars to do installation projects that could be accomplaished by assets that are already in place! I work in the Telecommunications field and have deployed twice to Iraq and Afghanistan to install communications on bases there. I also went to Iraq for 1 year as a contractor. I made more money in the one year as a contractor (over 170k) than I did the other 2 combined! And... more »

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Civilian DOD Full-Time Air Reserve Technicians

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I love my career in the USAF Reserves. As a full-time Air Reserve Technician the past two years we've been ordered to wear our part-time Reserve uniforms as DoD Civil Service employees daily. This is costing the USA government at 5 million dollars annually. Not to mention the yearly cash awards to other officers to maintain dress and appearance standards daily. Please consider giving this money back to the USA tax... more »

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Modernizing DAU Online Course Delivery

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I have never been a fan of online courses, particularly ones where a student simply clicks through a set of slides. However, online course delivery has evolved into a format that is not only cheaper, but one which can actually provide a higher-quality learning experience than a traditional classroom.

Universities around the world are now providing virtual classrooms for their students. I encourage you to view MIT’s free... more »

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Stop helping everyone else and help OURSELVES!!

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The US is willing to spend our hard earned tax dollars helping other countries that don't even want to help themselves. It's time to stop paying foreign aid and save that money until we can turn our debt around. Once we get our debt under control we can revisit the idea of wasting our money on other countries.

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Government Overspending

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The US Governemnt pays top dollar on everything that they purchase. WHY!? We buy most things in bulk and you would think that we would get it for a cheaper price but we don't. Stop the useless overspending. I am an aircraft mechanic for the DoD and US Air Force Reserves. when we pay $250,000.00 for a winch it's getting a little ridiculous or $70,000.00 for a windshield, or even $5.00 bot a 10 cent bolt. Needless to say... more »

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Buy components not the whole module

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Inside the Individual First Aide Kit (IFAK), is several modules with one being the "minor module". The minor module consists of about 12 component parts and 3-4 are shelf life controlled. Instead of replacing the whole minor module at a cost of $19.23 as is the current practice, why not just replace the expired shelf life components inside of it. At our installation alone, all 841 IFAK are unserviceable due to shelf... more »

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