Department of Justice

Relocation - Home of Record

Relocation Cost Cutting Establish a Home of Record I suggest that Federal Government employees be allowed to establish a home of record similar to the U.S. Military and PHS. Currently staff must re establish themselves as they move from state to state with each move. They must register their vehicles (with costs ranging from $300 $3000), get a new driver’s license (from $10 $50), and use administrative leave (costing... more »

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Department of Justice

Relocation Cost Cutting - Pay for PCS Moves with Pre-paid cc

I have a suggestion that, if implemented, will save the government millions of dollars a year. I suggest that PCS moves be paid by the Federal Government with a pre paid credit card. The staff member would receive a card they would use to pay for everything involved in the move process. The amount would depend on the number of dependents and their ages, and the mileage to the new duty station. This would save millions... more »

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Required Relocation

Resident inspectors at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are required to move at least every 7 years (that is at least 210 people moving every 2-7 yrs). A large fee is paid to a relocation company (over $100,000) to handle all the house paperwork/moving expenses/house hunting etc for each move. Set up an automated website like eTravel for relocation and let the individuals organize this themselves through cheaper companies... more »

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Department of Agriculture

NO-MOVE: How I saved the federal government $70,000

Federal agencies need to start planning for a more decentralized work force. Part of this planning should be to carefully evaluate position descriptions with particular attention to job location. My employer recently changed my duty station, obligating $75,000 in relocation funds for me to move ~600 miles. I chose not to move my family or sell my house and instead rented an apartment near my new duty station. This decision... more »

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Department of Energy

Offer Small Lump Sum for Relocation Expenses

Instead of paying the entire costs for relocation, offer new hires a small lump sum and let them pay for the expenses of moving themselves, if they are entitled to relocation expenses. The amount paid for the movers and packers could easily exceed the value of the furniture and appliances being moved.

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Social Security Administration

Save over $20M each year by using portable offices

Annually, approximately 10% of SSA's field offices must relocate to a new location when the lease expires at the current location. These relocations are extremely costly--SSA is required to pay GSA an 8% fee to find available space. If suitable vacant building space can't be found, a contract is awarded and a new building is built within the service area. Basically, taxpayer dollars are being used to build a building... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Voluntary Relocation Program

US Customs and Border Protection should do away with the "Voluntary" Relocation Program. The program in its own wording is supposed to be voluntary. Why are we spending around $20,000 to relocate someone when they simply want a change of venue. The program should be limited to one paid transfer. After that it should be completely voluntary. At my station a VRP arrived that originally entered on duty at the station.... more »

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