President Obama should designate one lead agency for international development to avoid costly, contentious and time-consuming interagency coordination and potential duplication of activities. For the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, for example, the staffing and level of coordination needed for 5 or 6 different government agencies working on HIV in a single country is incredibly time consuming and wasteful.... more »
Department of State
State Magazine is published monthly. The purpose of the magazine is “to facilitate communication between management and employees at home and abroad and to acquaint employees with developments that may affect operations or personnel”. All Department of State employees are required to have email accounts. The publication should be “Digital” only. Paper copies are delivered to our cubicles/offices religiously each month... more »
BOTH OCR AND HR PAY CONTRACTORS FOR INVESTIGATIONS, MEDIATION AND COUNSELING WHEN THESE SERVICES CAN BE PROVIDED BY THE LOCAL EEO OFFICE FOR FREE OR FOR FEES THAT ARE FAR LESS THAN WHAT CONTRATORS CHARGE.
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 »
I'm not sure how everyone else does it, but at the State Department we have to book our flights through a travel system called E2, run by a company called Carlson-Wagonlit. Besides being difficult to use, this system charges ridiculous amounts for flights. I recently booked a trip from the Global Financial Service Center in Charleston, SC to Washington DC and back again. E2 price? $1400. The same flights were available... more »
currently DOS requires a complete resubmittal of electronic paperwork via E2 if the final cost vary by more than $250 or 20%. This includes items that the traveller has no control over such as airline and in-season hotel costs. This generally takes between two to four hours of the travellers time to resubmit the travel authorization and then completely fill out the NOW blank voucher and resubmit it. Remove this wastefull... more »
The government spends an unknown amount every year on providing clearances to existing government employees who are just transferring from one to another agency (requiring the same type of clearance). Once you obtain your clearance it should be granted government wide (until expiration, or upgrade or the need to be updated). Having a TS or S clearance at one agency should be the same as having a TS or S clearance at... more »
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 »
I agree with all the 6 posted entries.
* extend working hour from 8 to 10 each working day.
* close federal building one extra day to save resources.
The Us Government uses thousands of inter- office envelopes. Once an inter-office envelope is full, it becomes useless. If we find the way to use plastic or other material where we can write in envelopes, we would just have to erase the previous destination and write the new one, that way the same envelope could be used forever. The ones we use now are only good to use 38 times or less, if they break or get wet.
There are numerous examples of work overlap. As an example why does the IRS and SSA conduct international negotiations when DOS is in charge of embassies and has the staffing to handle the work? By having one agency handle this type of work (for example) would bring the agencies closer together and would save a tremendous amout of operational work.
The goverment would save a lot of money by building or buying apartments or houses for FOS overseas. The goverment spends a lot of money due to renting houses every year.
The United States should ask international organizations to which we belong to reduce significantly their reliance on mailing hard copy documents to send information to member countries. I would conservatively estimate that switching one document a week from hard copy to email could save the U.S. government thousands of dollars a week given the number of international organizations, the number of member countries in each... more »
Standard length for overseas foreign service assignments should be four, rather than three years. This was identified as a best practice after the 1999 merger of USIA with State, but never implemented. Moving officers and families every four rather than three years would save a huge amount of money for the Department.