Campaign: International Assistance Programs

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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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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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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Eliminate page margins & make 2-sided printing the default

Think about it. What use are the margins anyway? Yet they use up 15-20% of the space on the page. If someone wants to format in some other way, let them exercise that option if they need to. Likewise, make 2-sided copying the default setting. If someone wants to print on one side, they can then exercise that option.

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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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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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Eliminate all Non-Emergency Foreign Aid

US taxpayers' money should not be spent to subsidize foreign governments. Foreign aid encourages dependence, and discourages self-sufficiency.

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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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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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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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Overseas Rentals and Property

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 »

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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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