Every year, hundreds of new Social Security Administration employees travel to Falls Church, VA or St. Louis, MO for training. This costs the administration around $6,000 per trainee. In each of our offices we have a IVT (Video Technology) room. My suggestion for the President is to cut our travelling expenses by holding live video training in our own offices. Learning material can be sent to each trainee from their own... more »
Several ideas have already recognized that government-mandated travel purchasing practices are wasteful. This idea promotes the use of competitition among travel service providers through Priceline-like bidding software to achieve the lowest possible price for each government travel purchase. This should cut travel costs by 80% !!!!!!!
Right now the biggest thing that comes to my mind is Nancy Pelosi and the multi million dollar jet she had the government pay to get her so she could fly nonstop from her home state to DC, with her, her crew, and 200 reporters. Seriously, why is the government paying to transport reporters? Everytime her aircraft flys in any direction it costs the taxpayers 60,000 dollars. Why not do away with all the private aircraft,... more »
By using our Video telecommunications System or Microsoft Office Communicator for Live meetings, we can reduce travel costs for training significantly. Instead of having employees travel to one designated area for a certain training, the training facilitators can offer the training via V-tel or Office Communicator. This would eliminate having to spend money on airfare, baggage fees, taxi, shuttle bus, hotel stay, parking,... more »
For those who do not know, the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is located in Marylland and provides nationwide training program of resident and non-resident courses in emergency management practices. EMI is important. But in some instances, FEMA employees from across the US travel to EMI to take courses offered. Instead of flying in students from across the nation, perhaps EMI should instead send a couple of instructors... more »
Replace the use of lab notebooks, journals, notes, texts, handouts, etc. with the use of electronic notebooks/tablets. The elimination of such items would save in paper costs as well as make databases more accessable. Tablets can also provide new programs for note-taking, presentations, databases, as well as many other applications that make things more efficient. Another use of a the talet would be video conferencing... more »
Encourage employees to choose the lowest hotel rate below the Per Diem by giving them 10% of the amount below the Per Diem. Example, if the Per Diem is $200 and the final hotel bill is $100, the traveler would receive 10% of the amount below the Per Diem - $10.
When on travel, one obtains five dollars a day for a max of $15 per week for "phone use." If an employee has a government-issued cell phone or blackberry, they would be unable to claim that phone travel expense. The government is already paying for one's phone/blackberry all year, why pay for "phone" when on travel? Of course if one could not get service or their cell/blackberry broke while on TDY and they had to pay... more »
I work for USAID overseas, and frequently the cost for air tickets and hotel reservations obtained through our contracted travel agency (CWL) is extremely higher than the ones we can obtain through the air company’s website or travel websites such as Expedia, Hotwire, Fedrooms, etc. I suggest that agencies may have the option to use website based options to procure travel but the contracted travel agent. Just to cite... more »
Contract travel airfares are nonminally three times that of what one can book with other airline carriers. I suggest encouraging travelers to book cheaper fares to save travel money. This may also encourage contract carrier to lower their fares to stay competetive.
Millions of dollars are spent each year on travel for Federal employees to give face-to-face presentations. For example, many agencies have Speakers Bureaus. Individual speakers travel to classrooms, community groups, and other local events to engage with their audience. The use of Skype would still allow for experts to present talks via the internet and engage with audiences. This would save a great deal of Federal employee... more »
Eliminate the automatic payout of full per diem for MI&E. Most employees pocket this money and eat at the hotel for free or eat cheap. Very few, if any, actually use the full per diem. By paying back the employee for actual expenses incurred this will save the government billions over the years. I was recently relocated and had to use this method and found it very difficult to use the full per diem rate, even if I went... more »
Currently we have a large component of our staff working out of offices in the field and our travel papers are processed from a central location. when creating a travel reimbursment we scan and e-mail all of our documents, once the travel voucher is created we are required to fed-ex overnight the orginals to the office prior to release of reimbursment. This incurs a hefty charge per envelope, that simply is not needed,... more »
Lets have Charging stations at all federal facilities for a monthly subscriber fee. Soon everyone will have an electric car we can can get infront of this now. The employees alone will make it beneficial let alone anyone else that uses them.
Instead of spending thousands on travel though contract travel groups. Let Federal employees book there officical travel with their GOV travel card though Travel or airline providers of their choice. as long as the can show that its cheaper then the SATO or contract rate. I have on a few occations have after booking the "cheapest" rates on flights that do not make travel any easyer have gone online to the public sites... more »