Department of the Interior

Reduce Travel Costs

Every office should have adequate (relative to the number of employees) and user-friendly video conferencing facilities for conducting training, staff meetings, inter- and intra-agency meetings, and "virtual retreats" and all-employee meetings. There should be policy direction to utilize videoconferencing rather than official travel whenever possible without compromising the agency's mission. The amount of money and ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Excess Government Vehicles, USDA, ARS

The USDA, Agriculture Research Service maintains a large fleet of vehicles which average less then 1,500 miles a year each. Recommend each ARS location that maintains more then 6 vehicles be required to consolidate their vehicle inventory so as to ensure vehicle usage averages at least 12,000 miles a year. Purchasing and having vehicles sit idle is a waste of limited government money. Vehicles that site idle also ...more »

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Apartments not Hotels

The cost of travel, in particular hotel rooms, can add up quickly across the federal government. We should identify cities which have high density of U.S. government travelers, (such as Brussels or Geneva) and investigate if a U.S. government owned apartment might be cheaper than constantly booking hotel rooms. They could be shared across agencies. They would require an apartment, internet and some form of housekeeping. ...more »

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Department of Defense

Make GTCC Voluntary for Reservists

The Government Travel Credit Card is required for military members to travel. However, most members would prefer to use their own credit card to accumulate rewards and furthermore mobilized Reservists are forbidden to use them as part of mobilization. The manhours spent tracking GTCC's and determining GTCC allotment to Travel Claims could be severely reduced by allowing members to use their private credit cards. This ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Decrease Amount of Government Vehicles

With the increased in cost of fuel to streamline and reduce Government cost, I recommend Agencies decrease the amount of Government vehicles issued for each Office. This will reduce overal costs associated with Government vehicles issued to Federal Gov Agencies. I work at Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) and just in our field office alone, we currently have several Government vehicles (not sure exactly how many, more than ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Travel reduction

In this age of the internet, satisfactory human interaction can be achieved through video teleconferencing if investment is made in technology toward this end. The Dept. of Energy is totally inadequate in this area, and I assume other agencies are as well. If people can see and hear each other WELL, a facsimile for human interaction can replace costly travel. Electronic deficiencies will lead to employees choosing ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

official travel by government employees

Allow government employees to make their own travel arrangements. I recently travel from Sioux Falls,SD to LA for PHIS training. The ticket purchase by the government travel agency cost the government approximately $1200.00. I could have purchased the same ticket on the same plane and the same time for approximately $325.00. Anytime FSIS employees are required to travel by air they are required to use the government ...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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Department of Homeland Security

save on gov vehicle costs

In HQ, most 1811's commute daily using GOV's and because of their HQ assignment do not actively participate in Investigative or Protective assignments. There should be a certain pool or vehicles available for official use, however normal commuting hardly justifies driving to and from work every single day wasting gov funds for gas and upkeep of vehicles due to mileage limits. It seems possible to allow 1811's to continue ...more »

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Department of Defense

Stop moving Air Assets from base to base

The Department of Defense has spent millions of dollars setting Holloman AFB up to fly the F-22. In the next year or so they are moving to Tyndall AFB, where they will need a lot more maintenance due to the salt water humid environment. Temporarily moving in F-16 just to move them back out later if we get the F-35 when it comes on line. This is a total waste of money, and will cost even more money since Tyndall is ...more »

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EXOP - Office of the Vice President

Incentives for Saving

Every time a government employee has to travel on official duty we are forced to use SATO or some other agency designated travel service to purchase our mode of travel & lodging. I have in my possession a copy of a travel confirmation in which the airline ticket cost the taxpayers $1881.80. This ticket could have been purchased for approximately $1000.00 less online without going through SATO. When you add up all the ...more »

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Department of Defense

Save over $500 million annually limit exec. air travel

I have noticed over the years that there has been alot of military airlift missions from our Command. The travel is mostly going from Norfolk, VA to Washington, D.C. Which is roughly a 45 minute flight, as opposed to a 3 hour drive. That is great for time savings, but not financial savings. I noticed some flight orders with the expenses listed for the air travel. Usually between $11K and $12K a flight, so round trip ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Eliminate Government Travel Cards

The IRS requires approximately 65,000 employees who travel at least once per year to acquire and use a Citibank government credit card for official travel. Travel is funded through a centralized billing account (CBA) for employees with low credit scores or history of misuse. I suggest doing away with this Citibank contract and allowing employees to use any credit card they want for travel. Many employees would prefer ...more »

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Legislative Branch

GSA conferences and other training

Everyone uses these training conferences as a vacation to go to Las Vegas or Fla, etc. You don't learn anything there and spend $2,000 per person for training.We need to get rid of this and spend the money on legimate training or courses for our job.

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Legislative Branch

GSA AUDIT for contract maintenance services AGAIN

I have to go to a GSA vendor for vehicle maintenance. The problem is this (recent example): Car is over heating...needs thermostat replacement ($20 part, plus $15 labor from local dealership, and free ten minute diagnostic)...HOWEVER! GSA vendor does the following: diagnostic check: $35, unknown results...replace water pump: $130 for pump, $35 thermostat replacment, $200 labor, shop fee, paperwork cost. Seems wrong? ...more »

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