Export-Import Bank of the United States

Facilitate import export with international countries

I advise that you facilitate import export with/betweem international countries such as North Africa etc... - they have excellent cheap products that are almost impossible to import in the states. This would cut spending if customs and USDA etc would be controlled but less expensive. We would get more exotic, tasteful and cheap products in the states. Please would not have to go obese with junk food but would have more ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Staff exchange with international and foreign governmental organizations

Due to accelerating globalization, I suggest government entities develop staff exchange programs with major international and foreign governments, so that government employees could take details to do certain well-defined projects in these organizations. Over long term, such practice would bring wealth of international experience into the host organizations, would enrich its methods and practices, increase its effectiveness, ...more »

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International Assistance Programs

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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International Assistance Programs

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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Department of Defense

AAFES Reorganization

I suggest the Air Force and possibly the entire DoD contract out AAFES (or like) factilities at installation level. Yes, in many ways AAFES does have a difficult mission, however in many ways it's no different then companies like Walmart/COSCO. Those companies also support/run international factilities and I believe that they would be willing to start up outlets in deployed areas for those that complain that only AAFES ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Create Department of Volunteer Service - Solves Problems While Saving Millions

We need a national clarion call to mobilize volunteerism to solve our nation’s most challenging problems and to maximize our citizenry engagement – whether the challenges are local, regional, national or international. We can do this without adding to the national debt and in fact can create immediate cost savings without reinventing the wheel – we do so by calling a new generation of Americans and all generations to ...more »

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Department of State

Allow all federal employees the opportunity to assist State Dept with Afghanistan, Iraq, and other missions

Expand Inter-Agency agreements to a Govt-Wide Ageement to permit more federal employees to volunteer to "be loaned" to the Department of State. This will decrease the cost of our aid to countries like Afghanistan and Iraq by utilizing skilled persons already in the employ of the federal government. Our efforts should include all those that work for agencies outside of the existing agreements.

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Department of Education

Teaching a Second Language to Elementary Students

I suggest we start a program to start teaching our children “at an early age” a second language. There are more and more companies hiring employees putting emphasis on someone who is bilingual before looking at someone who is perfectly qualified in every area except being bilingual. I don’t look at this as “forcing” a second language on a child, but giving that child a chance to excel beyond expectations. Children ...more »

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US Agency for International Development

International Air Travel - Cut Travel Costs by Up to 50% by Shifting from Full-Fare to Restricted Ticketing

At USAID, Operating Expense funds, which pay for direct-hire employee travel, are always limited. However, we regularly purchase more expensive, full-fare plane tickets for international travel, because that class of tickets allows us to change the ticket with no fee. In my past six years with USAID, I have only changed my ticket a handful of times. It would be less expensive to pay the $100 - $300 change fee on ...more »

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Department of State

Close Embassies

Close Embassies and Consulates in precarious places where the cost of maintaining the Embassy and its mission exceeds the benefits of having a presence in that country. The USG can find ways to have a “presence” in such countries by combining operations or having “satellite” offices in neighboring countries.

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United States Institute of Peace

Peace

involve more youth -the next generation is the key to peace in our country and others, start more programs to involve youth from around the world and different cultures. We have such high tech ways of interacting now days that this should be easy. This should be started from elementry with exposure to other children in countries to create more tolerance and peace. When you grow up exposed to other cultures its easier ...more »

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