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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Department of Health and Human Services

Mandatory Electronic Travel Records for all Government Travel

Eliminate billions of paper files by making it mandatory for all government agency workers using the “GovTrip” travel program to upload all documents as PDFs onto the server, thereby creating a single source for all government travel documents. PROBLEM: Our administrative personnel require us to hand-deliver manila files with printed out documents for ALL travel. This requires preparers to print out all electronic files, ...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 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

Modifying Travel Per Diem Entitlements

There is an average amount (or more appropriately, percentage of the maximum) employees spend on travel expenses. This amount is almost certainly extremely close to the maximum allowed (or 100%), and certainly not the minimum possible. Employees should be compensated for spending less than this average amount, for instance, 50% of the savings. As an example, if I spend $60/night at a hotel instead of the average $90/night ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

National trainings on internet

No more travel to sit in a classroom and watch power point!!!! Have federal trainings be webinar. Eliminate the majority of travel cost M&IE, air fare as well as time helping those who do not travel with vouchers and GOVTRIP.

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Department of Transportation

Costly Programs (NextGen and GovTrip)

The Federal Aviation Administration, along with multiple other government agencies, is still moving forward with program development, implementation, and utilization of programs that cost billions of dollars. However, they are programs that we can shelf until the nation can recover from the huge debt we have. For example, the Next Generation Air Transportation System (Next Gen) program that is deemed to make air travel ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Save Millions each month, Eliminate the TAV Fee in GovTrip

My area office employs 65 people, over 30 of them travel on a regular basis to locations throughout the Mid-Pacific Region. Today I processed 9 separate trips for 6 different people. Every trip immediately incurs a $15 TAV fee in GovTrip for every Authorization processed. Every trip requires an Authorization be completed in GovTrip regardless of the length and the type of travel. This fee is added even when the traveler ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Allow use of electronic receipt submission in GovTrip

We use GovTrip for travel authorizations and vouchers. In the system, there is a function that allows for uploading receipts electronically, by either attaching a pdf or faxing to create a pdf. But the agency is not using this feature. Instead, we have to provide a copy of our receipts to another staff member who provides that copy to the processing center, who apparently does not have access to the receipts we can upload ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Govtrip

Establish our own travel program and/or pay a university to develop a program that does not cost the government $15 every time we do a voucher. I believe this will save us millions of dollars annually. There is no defendable reason for us to pay for the priveledge of using that program. If we book our own travel, we could save a minimum of $15 per voucher. The USDA has approximately 105,000 employees. If they averaged ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Competing travel agencies

I suggest that the next contract will not be offered to a single travel agency but instead be offered to at least two. This will allow the user more options and motivate the travel agencies to offer competitive prices and services. Currently all travel of NIH (and probably other agencies) is bought exclusively through Omega Travel.

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Department of the Interior

Re-Negotiate or Eliminate GovTrip Voucher Fee

Even if I book my hotel, drive a Government Vehicle when I return and run my travel voucher, where I or my OA enters all the information into the database. We have to pay GovTrip (Northrup Grumman) $15 per voucher. If I travel to 5 meetings in a month, that is $75 in just voucher fees! How many people travel every year, every day? This is not a good deal for the government. If GovTrip booked my flights or made my ...more »

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Department of the Interior

No GovTrip

We need to eliminate GovTrip and process reimbursements internally. GovTrip charges $15 per transaction and then even more if you book through them or have to make changes later. Imagine how many millions of dollars this is every year. The vouchers are reviewed and approved by people in the same agency already, so why not do away with GovTrip and just let reimbursements be processed internally within our own angecy/bureau ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Gov Trip Algorithm

The Agency spends much time and money monitoring travel expenditures when an algorithm could be created in GovTrip that would NOT allow future travel to be created until the outstanding travel had been ‘vouchered’ against. If travel is mission critical, the Traveler need only address the outstanding travel (Cancel, Voucher, Amend, etc.) and new travel arrangements can be made. This would allow the Agency to be compliant ...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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