Department of the Interior

Non-refundable Airfare

Employees are required to book airfare through GovTrip/SATO. GovTrip only allows purchase of refundable tickets. By allowing/requiring purchase of non-refundable tickets, airfare costs would be reduced by around 50% on average (based on my own travel costs). Under the current system, government employees would need to cancel air travel at least 50% of the time to justify refundable tickets. I can't imagine that the ...more »

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Corporation for National and Community Service

Self-insuring Airline Retail Sale Ticket Fund Saves Millions

Problem: While GSA’s government-wide travel policies permit Federal employees to take advantage of airlines’ retail sale prices, because the employee must assume risks of cancellation or change fees, employees rarely take advantage of sale ticket prices which are far below the refundable GSA City Pair program fare prices. While city pair fares save as much as 70 percent, that savings is measured against retail fully ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

wasted money on travel

A freind of mine was going to Virginia for training the V.A. paid $1300.00 for their ticket. I bought tickets on the same flight for 250.00. There were about 15 other employees from our V.A. that made the same trip. If you consider all of the traning or seminars that the different agencys may attend. I'm sure the amount of money that is wasted on travel is huge. It only takes a little time to find cheap flights online. ...more »

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Department of Defense

ELIMINATE COMMERCIAL AIRLINE CONTRACT FLIGHTS

There is very little need for GSA exclusive contracts with airline companies that charge the government extraordinary amount for the same flight. Government workers can book their own flights online for hundreds, even thousands less. For example, flights from DAY to DCA are about $1300 while it can be found on Kayak or Expedia for less than $300. Most travel are not cancelled, cancellation fees should be deductible ...more »

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Department of Defense

Modernizing DAU Online Course Delivery

I have never been a fan of online courses, particularly ones where a student simply clicks through a set of slides. However, online course delivery has evolved into a format that is not only cheaper, but one which can actually provide a higher-quality learning experience than a traditional classroom. Universities around the world are now providing virtual classrooms for their students. I encourage you to view MIT’s free ...more »

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

System for Reporting Excess Travel Costs - The Start of Saving

Time and Time again, Federal Employees on official travel are charged more for flights, hotels, etc. than the average customer. There are several reason why this is the case...from the inability to use conventional travel sites(such as Kayak, expedia, etc) to the the fact that for some reason the fed just pays more. I think that there should be a government-wide system (preferably online/electronic) created for fed employees ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Fly Economy Class

Federal employees who fly business class, first class, or on a $65 million private jet should pay for the cost above economy fare themselves.

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Department of Commerce

Reduce Travel Expenses

Allow Government employees to fly at the reduced airline ticket rates, (Economy non-refundable). I had the Governement travel office (AdTRAV) purchase my travel ticket, as required by my agency. I purchased my wife's ticket, who was going to travel with me. I paid less than half, for my wife's ticket, compared to what the Government paid for my ticket. OK, my ticket was Economy, refundable, my wife's ticket was Economy, ...more »

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Department of Justice

Use any Travel Service

Allow staff to schedule travel through any source. As long as policy is followed, utilizing multi-search travel websites can greatly save on travel costs (e.g. hotels, airfare, rental cars).

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General Services Administration

Reinstate Gain-Sharing Travel Program

In 2005 I took advantage of the "Gain Sharing Travel Program" which offers incentives to travelers when they help reduce Government Travel Expenses. The traveler has the option to choose lodging at an approved facility at a lower rate, or if the option is available, obtain accommodations with family or friends. For lodging at an approved facility in Philadelphia, based on a formula which offered an incentive for ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Stop requiring Full Fare Refundable Airfare

Eliminating mandatory FULL FARE REFUNDABLE airline tickets would save MILLIONS. I understand not booking with third party vendors (expedia, etc), but allowing employees to book directly with the airline would save big. Even if the employee changes the ticket 10 times and pays 10 change fees, it's still MUCH cheaper than some of the fares. I just paid $3,000 for a roundtrip from Anchorage to Atlanta. I called one airline ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Cheap airline tickets

there are already five submitted similiar ideas. It is clear that using the Govtrip and official travel prices increases air fare on many routes by 3 times. Allowing travelers to book their own flights would save our agency alone 2 trips/yr x (savings of $500) x 10,000 employees = $10,000,000/ year.

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Department of Labor

Eliminate Obsolete Travel Contractor

Carlson Wagonlit/Sato Travel is a government contractor to forty-eight (48) federal agencies and every branch of the military. Last year, they did $2.3 billion in travel sales to federal agencies. Transactions for travel, especially airfare, with Carlson Wagonlit, can cost two to three times what the individual can book online. Worse, the company's website is tedious and frustrating to use. And, if there is an error, ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Limit Govtrip & Choose money saving alternative for travel

The government is wasting money paying sky-high fees on airline tickets to send employees to a 2-5 day training/seminar. On top of that, the government is also paying for lodging, per diem, and other unnecessary expenses. Instead, the government should incorporate the use of technology to provide training and hold conferences through platforms such as Skype. This will eliminate fees and expenses associated with booking ...more »

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