Department of Health and Human Services

Limit Travel: Use Skype or Similar Web-based Tools for Education

Millions of dollars are spent each year on travel for Federal employees to give face-to-face presentations. For example, many agencies have Speakers Bureaus. Individual speakers travel to classrooms, community groups, and other local events to engage with their audience. The use of Skype would still allow for experts to present talks via the internet and engage with audiences. This would save a great deal of Federal employee time and taxpayer money. Due to security issues, Feds are prohibited from using Skype--thus millions are spent on travel every year. Someone out there must be bright enough to deal with the online security issues so that the web can become a major educational tool for Federal experts to use. Not only will it save the government a great deal of money, it will increase opportunities for citizens to engage with the government.

 

GSA can you help us out here?

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