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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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