General Services Administration

Cut unnecessary travel, use VTC

There will always be a need for meetings but do all of them have to be face-to-face? No. With our technological advances and with GSA's current migration to the "cloud," we can communicate via our laptops or VTC. We need to utilize these "costly" technological investments.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Reduce travel costs by increasing competition

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% !!!!!!!

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Department of Justice

Saving on travel costs - meetings and training in the DOJ

As many meetings as we conduct in the federal government, we need to use technology to attend these meetings rather than incurring airfare, lodging and per diem costs. In additon, the cost of travel to the DOJ's training facility, the NAC, is outrageous. We need to do more in-house training in the DOJ or move that facility out of South Carolina! Most US Attorney's Offices have to take two flights to get to Columbia, ...more »

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Department of Education

Allow Airfare reservations outside E2 and save big bucks!

For those of us who frequently travel, it is very frustrating to knowingly pay $369.40 for a flight (from San Francisco to Burbank, CA.) that can be purchased online for $244!

 

That's a savings of $125.40 for booking the exact same airline on the exact same date - the difference? Doing it online and outside of E2!

 

Imagine that savings times thousands of Federal employees that travel frequently!

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Department of the Interior

FIX OR REPLACE eTravel!!

Why is it so difficult to get my money back through eTravel? Why is it easier to do my taxes on TurboTax than to complete the voucher on eTravel? Why does it take 4-8 hours to complete a voucher? Why are there so many bugs? Why is eTravel extremely user-UNfriendly? This isn't rocket science, and so many man-hours are completely wasted on this system. Get it fixed, or replace it.

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Department of Homeland Security

Telework/Territorial Embedment

First - stop treating Telework like a cell phone plan - too many gimmicks to make sense of. For those that can telework 100% of the time, then let it begin. Others that can telework part of the time, then let it begin. Too many gimmicky controls imposed by those that can't trust staff make it a dull proposition. Add to telework, territorial embeddment of those staff that are structured territorially. To sit in a ...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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Legislative Branch

Save Money on Government Travel

It is well know that by purchasing a package deal for a Flight, Hotel, and Rental Car that a sizeable amount of money can be saved. Now when I travel I need to provide a separate receipt for the Flight, Hotel, and Car Rental. Lump them into one package and save money.

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Department of Commerce

Reduce travel for awards ceremonies

My idea is for federal agencies to conduct awards ceremonies at their home facilities, rather than flying employees to the Washington DC area for awards ceremonies. Since I became a federal employee, I have received two awards for which I was invited to fly to Washington DC for a ceremony; the ceremonies were each attended by dozens of other award recipients from around the country as well as a guest for each employee. ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Employees Share in Travel Cost Savings

Many government employees would choose less expensive lodging and travel options (rental car class, cheaper airport transportation or parking, fewer checked bags, etc.) if they could share in the savings. As is, there's little incentive to spend less than the maximum allowance. If employees could keep say 25% of the savings, they'd be staying with friends and family more often, camp grounds while doing field work, using ...more »

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