Department of Defense

Overseas limitation

The five-year overseas limitation should be eliminated. The rule limiting Department of Defense employees serving overseas should be changed. Capable, valuable employees should be permitted to continue to serve for a longer period. Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs would be greatly reduced, effectiveness and efficiency would be greatly improved with this increased continuity of operations. The increased turnover ...more »

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Use Base Excess to Support Overseas Missions

Take all the items that bases that have computer assets and inventory it. There is a lot of excess items that go to waste and are new in the box. My base has computers and printers that sit in the boxes until the warranty expires while we sit in the desert with computers that are 8 years old and won't support VISTA. Bases should be allowed to forward deploy those items without any issues as it is supporting the warfighter ...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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Modify Per Diems and Overseas Tour Lengths

First, I suggest lowering the per diem amounts for overseas TDY and travel. In the two countries I have served, I found that the amount allowed for hotel, food and miscellaneous expenses far exceeded what I needed. It seems that they guage the hotel amount according to the most expensive hotel in an area, probably because of safety, but I have found that often there are safe and less expensive hotel options available. ...more »

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Department of State

Overseas car share program

Institute a car share program for Foreign Service and USAID at posts overseas wherein employees arriving at post buy-in to use a vehicle. This would save hundreds of thousands of dollars by eliminating the shipment of POV's (personally owned vehicles). Employees arriving at post would immediately have access to quality transportation. Most vehicles sit in parking lots, simply not driven enough to justify the expense ...more »

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Offer Nutrition/Weight Loss Programs at Embassies Around the World

I would like to see the State Department - perhaps through FLO offer a wellness program focused on nutrition, especially at overseas posts. For all of us that struggle to be healthy it would be great if FLO could team up with an organization like Weight Watchers or some other to offer weight loss/maintenance at embassies. It could offer EFM employment opportunities and be an additional service for english-speaking overseas ...more »

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Overhaul POV policy for officers assigned overseas

Overhaul the policy on shipping POVs (Personally Operated Vehicles) for the Foreign Service and USAID (and anyone else assigned overseas). At my last post, it cost around $20,000 to ship my car to post - ONE way. Yes, you read it right. At my current post it costs about $7000 each way. Many employees ship cars that aren't even worth $7000. Cars are shipped for one, two or three year postings. Let's say the government ...more »

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Department of Defense

Offbase housing prices overseas out of control!!

Eliminate the host nation employees in the overseas housing offices!!! Every base I have been to overseas has host nation employees working in the housing offices. When looking for a house to rent off base, they would let the landlord know exactly what my military cap was on housing and guess what the landlord charged - the exact amount of my military cap! Somehow this insanity has to be stopped. The host employees are ...more »

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Save $660 million per year--Abolish 5 Year rule for DoD overseas Civilians

“There are 88,700 federal employees stationed overseas in over 140 countries. The Defense Department is the largest overseas employer with 48,151 workers (Federal Jobs).” A 5 year rule was established during the cold war “to facilitate the interchange of civilian employees of the Defense Establishment between posts of duty in the United States and posts of duty outside the United States through the establishment and ...more »

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