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 Agriculture

publicize new nonrefundable ticket purchase option in govtrip

For travel, we used to be required to purchase outrageously expensive refundable government plane tickets that were 2 to 5 times as expensive as tickets available on other websites. The directive recently changed to allow us to purchase the non-refundable tickets through GovTrip if we're reasonably certain we'll be traveling. It's not the first thing that comes up in GovTrip - you have to click another tab to get to... more »

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Department of Defense

Airline Tickets: Individual Purchase

Both MIL/FED employees should be able to purchase airline tickets for TDYs. The cost per ticket for a gov't ticket is out of hand. An individual can purchase a cheaper fare ticket, and if needed, pay a small change fee as mission evolves. Either way, the change fee will not amout to the price of a full Y fare ticket. While most vouchers are submitted in DTS, the administrative work following should not increase work load.... 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 State

Allow Federal Employees to purchase their own airline tickets

Federal employees are trusted with incredibly important decisions every day. Yet, due to budgetary restrictions, we must go through partner travel agencies to purchase airline tickets. Tickets purchased through these agencies are refundable (which increases the price) and marked up by the seller (which also increases the price). By allowing Federal Employees to find and purchase our own tickets for work-related travel,... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Reduce Travel Costs

The government wastes a ton of money by restricting how travel is arranged. I had to fly from Anchorage to Miami a couple years ago and using the government mandated travel company (SATO) the ticket cost a little over $2,000 - plus a $37 booking fee. For the sake of comparison, I went to Orbitz and found the exact same flights for about $700. A co-worker recently needed to book a car for her travel and was told the... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Have DTMO/DTS Assume All Federal Travel Responsibilities

The Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) already performs the "travel agent" function for the Department of Defense. It has personnel in place to book flights and respond to travelers' questions and emergency travel needs. It also has an automated travel management system in place, the Defense Travel System (DTS). DTMO and DTS charge far less than their private industry counterparts (e.g., SATO, FedTraveler, Omega).... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Insource Travel Management Functions

Though GSA negotiates rates for airlines, hotels and car rentals, Federal agencies pay outrageous amounts to a variety of travel managers, such as SATO and Omega World Travel to merely book these accomodations and to be available in case of an emergency. Instead, the Government should create its own central travel agency, operated as a revolving fund, which books travel for all agencies at cost. To save costs further,... more »

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