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 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

Travel

Require managers and directors to reduce government travel 20% by using Live Meeting or video messaging or Skype. I see alot of waste for team meetings etc. that could be done via live meeting or even conference calls. Also reduce the use of hotel conference rooms etc for meetings and use facilities that are leased or owned by the government that have conference space already rather than paying for space. Start looking ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Use Government Buildings - Not Hotels - for Conferences

Since working for the federal government for five months, I have attended two government sponsored conferences. Both were held in large hotel ballrooms or conference rooms, at taxpayer expense. Yet I can think of several federal buildings (Department of Interior, Department of Transportation, Department of Commerce) that have auditoriums or large conference rooms. In fact, the building I work in has a conference room ...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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Environmental Protection Agency

Save Travel Money

When people travel and overnight stays are involved, give the traveler the choice of staying at the home of a friend or relative, and pay the traveler one half of the amount that would be allowed for a hotel.  Depending on the circumstances, this could save a large amount of money.  For example, if I make a two-night trip to D.C., the savings would be over $200.  Depending on who the "host" is, the traveler could choose ...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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