Department of Homeland Security

Crewmember Paperwork Reduction Initiative

Thousands of crewmembers are processed by Customs and Border Protection Officers in extremely busy airports with numbers that range as ¬†high as 41 million passengers (including as much as 8 million international passengers) in Atlanta's Hartfield Jackson International Airport (US busiest airport) to average 29 million passengers a year including 9 million international passengers every year in over 20 airports around ...more »

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Department of Defense

STOP THE INSANITY! Why Throw Away $$$ Billions???

Why does a completely tax exempt organization voluntarily throw away billions of dollars by paying taxes on travel? I travel a lot for the Navy and detest that taxes for TDY travel expenses are charged to my government credit card. Though the Government Treasury will get the taxes back, for the Navy and the Program Office (PMA), those funds are lost. Those lost and unrecoverable funds, which can quickly add up to billions, ...more »

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EXOP - Office of Management and Budget

Hotel Tax reduction- State Taxes

Most States Exempt Federal Employees from paying state taxes for hotel accomadations; if you present a state hotel tax exemption form at the time of check-in. There is no requirement to ask for the exemption, and finding the forms can be difficult if you are travelling out of the state you are based in. The Office of Management and Budget could require that all travellers submit a tax exempt form for hotel stays. ...more »

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Department of Energy

Use open market to save on travel

Using the open market to book travel will save a lot of money for taxpayers. Encourage employees to save money by allowing them to retain the miles & points earned through booking less expensive travel on their own. Verify possible savings before booking by comparing with quotes from current system.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

decrease or eliminate education travel

why do we send staff to "train the trainer" classes only to have them teach the class to staff at an offsite location in different cities? this is happening with most of the PACT training. 20-30 staff members are being sent with the "trainer" to cities that require several overnight stays, travel expense and per diem. Classes should either be conducted at the facility or at a location that does not require unnecessary ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

FedTraveler

I am an employee at the DVA and am getting ready to travel to a conference on Veterans' Mental Health. To book a plane ticket, we have to use the fedtraveler.com system, which is horribly inefficient. The web-site is very poorly made and confusing. When the site connects to the reservations portal so that I can select my flights, the cheapest contract flights on the screen are no longer available. This forced me ...more »

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Department of Defense

Defense Travel System (DTS) milieage

In DTS, when filing a normal Voucher, travelers are reimbursed full mileage when traveling from their residence to the airport. Conversely, when a Local Voucher is filed, the normal mileage incurred on a work day from residence to place of duty is deducted. So to save tax dollars, the traveler should NOT have normal mileage reimbursed just because they are going TDY to the airport (because they would have incurred that ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Abolish the paper trail

Abolish the paper trail! Save the government time & money! We can even reduce privacy violations by eliminating the need for information to be recorded or transferred via paper. This can be accomplished in the following ways: -Discontinue use of paper encounters which record information when a patient checks in for an appointment by implementing an electronic device(lap top, tough book, ipad) to record this information ...more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Allow use of Non-US carriers for travel

Background: 1) Previous travel experience has shown that often non-US carriers offer lower fares to the same destinations and better service than US carriers. 2) Requiring government travelers to use US carriers at full fare prices only hurts the US carrier as they are falsely propped up by the government as a customer. Idea Synopsis: Do not restrict government travelers to use US-carrier, rather encourage the selection ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Federal employees making money off government travel

Many federal employees make money off of government travel. Employees should be held more accountable when reporting Meals and Incidental expenses (M&IE). Many hotels offer free breakfast/lunch/dinner but employees do not report this on the travel reimbursement forms. Sometimes employees go under the per diem for meals but still claim the full per diem. This is wasting government money. Improve GovTrip to account for ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Stop Travel Waste: Video Conferencing

Currently, the US EPA, Office of Research and Development, wastes millions of dollars in travel support for meetings and training that could be easily performed using video conferencing technologies. To date, ORD has already saved millions of dollars by using video conference facilities located throughout its campuses at HQ and Research Triangle Park and remote locations. The problem is that more money could be saved ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Regional and Area Office Site Visits by Video Teleconferencing

All Regional and Area Office Site Visits should be conducted by teleconferencing. The time spent travelling, in additional to the mileage and hotels required, cost the Federal Government millions of dollars yearly. Videoteleconferencing is a very effective method of communication and is commonly used in the private sector. The advances in automation now allow ROs and Area Offices to see the same listings and documents ...more »

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Department of Defense

Incentivize TDY savings and encourage cultural learning

Current department of defense policy pays very high per diem rates for travel, particularly overseas. This proposal would incentivize staying below per-diem, often at culturally immersed local market facilities, by returning a portion of the money saved by staying below the per-diem cap back to the traveler. For example, if the lodging per-diem rate in Berlin is $300, but I find a German Gasthaus for $100, I would get ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Eliminate duplicate Abdominal Aorta screenings in VA Hospitals a

There is a new protocol that was passed about 5 yrs.ago to screen every vet at age 65 to make sure there was no AAA(Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm). The provider will see an alert to order the exam at age 65,however,there are many,many duplicate orders for this test being submitted.We need an alert to verify this exam had alreay been completed so as to prevent many duplications,at age 66,67,68,etc.Everytime the vet sees a ...more »

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