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Transportation Costs

I am a member of the Foreign Service with USAID, and this post may apply to all Foreign Service personnel and their agencies. As a Foreign Service officer, I am entitled to ship a vehicle to the majority of posts worldwide at the federal government’s expense. The estimate to ship a vehicle to my current post in Latin America is $5,600. Multiply this cost by the number of Foreign Service officers transferring overseas ...more »

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Curtailing Sub-par Performance of Grantees and Contractors

A great number of grantees and contractors with the USG are competent and perform effectively and efficiently. However, there are others that have been observed to provide false documentation, fail to achieve stated goals without adequate justification, and/or other egregious and unacceptable behaviors. Because poor performance and fraud waste taxpayer funds and reflect very poorly on the federal government and Americans ...more »

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Save Fuel, Save Time, Build Development...

Cut back 80% of USAID overseas TDY travel for routine technical assistance in health and other sectors and use those resources to build out USAID regional missions to serve that purpose; reserve the balance of core travel for emergency or specialty services to regional and country missions. USAID regional missions are situated among countries where foreign assistance and relief are provided; they often have access to ...more »

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Making disaster recovery sites more useable

Making disaster recovery sites more useable to the teams that will be using them in case of a disaster. Meaning out fitting them with proper internet connections with enough bandwidth to get the job done, virtual machines instead of space consuming massive servers and racks spaces that only sit and consume power and energy. Shared spaces for different users to work from instead of private offices and designated desktop ...more »

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Saving on Overseas Housing

I am not one that believes anyone can do anything better than a government employee but I believe that overseas housing can be provided at lower costs by a contractor than by the USG. I served for many years as a GSO and Management Officer and found that at every post my counterparts at other embassies were complaining that the US was paying too much for housing and pushing up prices. This is because the landlord hikes ...more »

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Share the Savings for Lodging

For Agencies that reimburse actual lodging expenses: An immediate way to save on travel expenses is to incentivize employees to utilize lodging below the GSA per diem rates. Under this plan, if individuals choose to stay in a less expensive hotel than the local per diem rate, they will retain a percentage (~50%) of the difference between the actual rate and the local per diem rate. This plan empowers individuals to ...more »

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Stop wasting electricity

I imagine this idea has been brought up and it's not terribly sexy, but the US Government wastes a huge amount of energy in our federal facilities with lights burning in rooms throughout buildings, A/C running at all hours, computers running night and day, etc. Investment in technologies to have lighting shut off when not in use and reduced power consumption of computers would save huge amounts of money not to mention ...more »

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Extend life for your workstation, save energy and money for USG!

Turn off all computers, monitors, printers, peripheral devices and other office equipment and light if you don't use them at nights/weekends/holidays. Working computers "eat" power, produce heat and faster wear out. The necessary updates and patches can be installed upon start or during lunch time. Up-to-date 2-4 cores computers with high-speed network connection can easily bear any software upgrade and patches installation ...more »

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Recycling of office supplies

Since I have been with the department for a number of years and involved in various office moves, I recommend that every office is reminded to recycle offices supplies to include the expensive toner cartridges used in printers with other offices. It should be a blog posted on department’s home page on every office move within the department advising when the office has cleared out to allow other offices to visit the ...more »

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Lets save water and retro-fit urinals to the Ecocube

I suggest you change all the urinals to use water free alternatives such as ecoblue cubes that is a sanitary option for current urinals http://www.ecobluecorp.com/ is one company but in Arizona where I live water is a rare resource and each flush is 1 gallon so if federal buildings went "green" it would not only save money but it would save millions of gallons of fresh water from being wasted

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Make US passports in US not overseas

Have US passports made in USA by US citizens instead of in Thailand like they are now. US security and employment should trump current "outsourcing" program.

I think the possible fraud/security risk of these being made overseas can cause considerable harm ($) if misused in US.

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Reduce electricity cost at U.S. Embassies

The cost of providing electricity to embassies and consulates overseas is over $5 million per year. There has recently been a successful electronic link between a new embassy's Building Automation System and the Overseas Buildings Operation office. My idea is to save 10 percent of the electricity cost or $500,000 per year, by connecting all embassies to a central energy monitoring service that will optimize and reduce ...more »

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