International Assistance Programs

International Assistance Programs

Stop Giving It Away!

Stop giving money to other countries. We give away BILLIONS in foreign aid every year. Most to countries who hate us and always will. And also to countries who don't need it anyway, like India. Americans are generous people and most give to charities. Those charities operate in the same countries that recieve U.S. aid. Those who want money going to these countries can and will give to those charities. This is not about ...more »

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Keep the money at home

Stop sending other countries money for financial aid. We pay money to countries like Iran as a bribe. We have too many problems at home to worry about economic stimulation of other countries. Worry about them when we are in a position to help others. We are not.

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Invest foreign aid money currently given to countries who are ranked as the wealthiest and least populated back into the US

Reevaluate the copious amounts of foreign aid a country receives dependent upon their worldwide economic standing. Currently, we give foreign aid to many countries who are considered the wealthiest nations on earth, and in some case have very small populations. It isn't the fact that we give these countries some money, it is the fact that we give the wealthiest countries far more foreign assistance than the poorest countries ...more »

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Reducing Transaction Costs of "Whole of Government" approach

The White House should find more efficient ways to improve interagency collaboration. For example, we could save millions of taxpayer dollars if the White House provided a clear mandate for each agency. The current approach of the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator for instance blurs the lines between and creates huge transaction costs to coordinate different agencies. Development agencies need clear instructions to ...more »

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Allow USAID to povide its own administrative services with local staff

USAID is being forced to consolidate services with the State Department largely due to the fact that the State Department wants other USG agencies to subsidize its operations. While this makes sense for the State Department it absolutely does not make sense for USAID and other Agencies that routinely pay more for services than we would have if we were providing them ourselves. For example, USAID typically runs warehouse, ...more »

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Consolidate Reporting Requirements

Currently there are multiple reporting tools for USG Foreign Assistance which require staff to spend much time reporting and re-reporting. If the USG were to streamline the foreign assistance reporting tools, the USG would save millions in lost staff time spent on these reports.

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All Electronic Official Files save paper and money

USAID is moving to an electronic based file management system. However, we are not yet there and while we have the capability to move to an entirely electronic system we still keep paper files. This costs the USG extra money for paper, printers, scanners, etc. If we could move to ALL ELECTRONIC OFFICIAL FILES accross the USG we would save millions in paper, copiers, etc. This seems to be normal practice in private ...more »

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Review efficacy of "Fly America Act" and save millions on travel

Review efficacy of the “Fly America Act.” For example, this policy requires that Peace Corps generate airline tickets for returning Peace Corps Volunteers that make us of U.S. carriers wherever possible. This practice typically results in a ticket that is double and sometimes triple the cost of a flight on a different carrier. The approximately 3,500 Peace Corps Volunteers who complete their service each year are given ...more »

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New Foreign Assistance Act Needed!

We need to rationalize and streamline the myriad of projects run by too many USG agencies. At the same time, Development must be elevated to a Cabinet post to be of equal standing with Defense and Diplomacy. That means that USAID must be separated from the Department of State, and a new, innovative Development Agency created.

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International Communication-Internet vs Telephone

The USG spends large sums of money on telecommunications. With new internet-based services available for low-cost (or free), non-classified/sensitive calls should be allowed and encouraged to be made through Skype and other similar providers. Although international phones and phone cards are available, the USG spends large sums of money to make international calls from US and international calls to the US. Skype, and ...more »

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Team Leaders Should be Search from Within the Organization (first)

The agency should consider hiring team leaders from within the agency given that they are familiar with the processes and institutional culture and also the agency has information on their performance and track record. I believe there are plenty of people that are very knowleadgeable, experienced and ready to take the challeng within the agency. Bringing someone from outside who may look good on paper, who does not ...more »

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Save on Training Costs

I suggest that all federal employees be required to submit training request forms early enough to take advantage of “early bird” rates when registering for training conferences. This would save on average 15% in conference/training registration fees.

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