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Department of Agriculture

Eliminate On Hold Music

I thought of this idea when at a conference, during the introductory instructions when they mentioned not putting the phone on hold due to possible music. I’m sure everyone’s had this experience – someone puts the call on hold and music starts playing. This could be considered a nicety if it’s just you, but is problematic during a conference call as those still actively on can no longer hear each other.

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Department of State

OPIC’s EDN SAVES MILLIONS FOR INT’L INVESTMENT & DEVELOPMENT

Encourage USG international development and investment organizations and multilateral development banks (MDBs) to participate in OPIC’s Enterprise Development Network, and utilize the EDN Search Engine (beta.ednacccess.com) to promote their programs.

Investment in developing countries is crucial to solving challenges like instability and hunger, but it is very difficult to achieve due to unstable political, financial... more »

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United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Eliminate Food for Peace Monetization

Monetization is a process whereby the department of agriculture purchases food in the United States that is then shipped overseas and sold in local markets. The proceeds of these sales are used for foreign assistance programs. A recent GAO audit found that over a 3 year period, $722 million was expended by USDA and USAID and only $503 million was available for foreign assistance programs. This means if the United States... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Criminalize sale of food stamps

There are various examples of individuals taking the food stamps and selling them at 1/2 the value (or less), in order for them to use the cash for other uses. There should also be an audit system to ensure people are spending this given resource properly. Currently there is no way to audit spending. I have been asked several times in Baltimore city grocery stores by people to buy food stamps, or they offer to pay for... more »

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