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 »
International Assistance Programs
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 »
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 »
I suggest that all Interagency Agreements (IAA) and Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) be reviewed for any and all idle obligated funding that is not currently associated and being used for active, defined requirements be deobligated so the funds can be made productive. This is being done in compliance with the Integrity Act and OMB Circular A123, as amended and most recently the OMB OFPP Guidelines dated 6/6/08 that specify ...more »
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.
For international assistance programs where the USG funds office space, housing and other immovable property, the government should calculate whether it is better to purchase or rent that property. For short-term projects, rentals are usually more cost-effective; however, for medium-term projects (USAID, MCC, MCA, PEPFAR), it would likely save funds by purchasing the office space/apartment/house rather than paying rental ...more »
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 »
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.
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 »
US taxpayers' money should not be spent to subsidize foreign governments. Foreign aid encourages dependence, and discourages self-sufficiency.
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.
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 »