Environmental Protection Agency

Regional Televideo Centers to Reduce Travel Costs

Establish Regional conferencing and Televideo centers for use by federal agencies. When a national meeting is organized, participants can travel to a nearby locaton that is connected to other televidio centers. This would combine the benefits of meeting face-to-face with a subset of participants while reducing travel costs as well as the cost of renting conference facilities. The centers coud have a set-up that also ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Federal employees making money off government travel

Many federal employees make money off of government travel. Employees should be held more accountable when reporting Meals and Incidental expenses (M&IE). Many hotels offer free breakfast/lunch/dinner but employees do not report this on the travel reimbursement forms. Sometimes employees go under the per diem for meals but still claim the full per diem. This is wasting government money. Improve GovTrip to account for ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Travel pay for Vets coming to med appts - Refurb the system

Travel pay should not be authorized for Vets locally attending their appointments. For people who choose not to live near a VA they should authorize only 2 travel pays a year and no more. Travel pay should be authorized when going from one state to another for referred care or one VA to another for referred care, but we should not be paying people to come and see their doctor. This is an abuse of our system and we ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Video Conferencing from desk top computer

To reduce travel costs and improve communications, employees should be able to set up video conference calls directly from their computers. If video conferencing is made easy it will be used much more often.

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General Services Administration

Incentivize reduced hotel costs on government travel

Given that there are fixed upper limits on the allowable per diem costs for a hotel, allow government travelers to save part of the difference between their actual hotel rate and the limit for that location. Allowing those on travel to save 10% of this difference would provide a financial incentive to look for lower hotel rates. The government would save the difference.

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Corporation for National and Community Service

Self-insuring Airline Retail Sale Ticket Fund Saves Millions

Problem: While GSA’s government-wide travel policies permit Federal employees to take advantage of airlines’ retail sale prices, because the employee must assume risks of cancellation or change fees, employees rarely take advantage of sale ticket prices which are far below the refundable GSA City Pair program fare prices. While city pair fares save as much as 70 percent, that savings is measured against retail fully ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

BOOK YOUR OWN OFFICIAL TRAVEL AND POCKET PART OF THE SAVINGS

I suggest we reward our hard working employees who take the initiative in seeking out savings in their travel arrangements. For example, we are required to utilize SATO travel to book our travel arrangements, that service costs the government $28.50. I had to make flight arrangements through SATO travel for official travel from Oakland CA to San Diego CA. The government air fare was $427 for the round trip flight on ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Lighting, Recycling, Paper Waste, Travel

Here are a few ideas that could save the government money by eliminating unnecessary expenditures: 1. Travel: a. Audits or “Site Visits” should be conducted remotely when possible. b. We should eliminate all travel for training and conferences and conduct these utilizing available technology. 2. Paper Waste: Leave and Earning Statements should only be provided electronically. 3. Recycling in mass: This ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Travel

Minimize need for high cost travel by allowing low/no cost internet-based, peer-to-peer, communication such as Skype. Right now, our only option for video conferencing in the VA "V-tel" system which is cumbersome, requires administrative support and does not easily allow for connectivity with nonVA sites.

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Department of Agriculture

Keep government workers in the field safe

This could pertain to more departments and agencies than just the Dept. of Ag. Any employee that spends 50 percent or more of their time away from their desks/offices should be provided at minimum with a smart phone if not a smart pad or both. These types of devices prove to be efficient in myriad ways by giving workable tools to those who go out into the field. Using a smart pad while inspecting a farm would be an easy, ...more »

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Department of Energy

Reduce fleets

Government-owned fleets are usually not cost-effective from a life-cycle standpoint when compared against reimbursed travel. Remove fleets that cannot be shown to result in a life cycle cost saving as compared with reimbursed travel.

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Department of Homeland Security

Expand USCIS Use of INSITE Management Tool

DHS/USCIS uses an on-line tool Internal Self-Inspection, Tracking and Evaluation (INSITE) to strengthen controls, identify deficiencies & write corrective plans. INSITE’s focus is compliance (laws, regulations, policies and procedures). INSITE is for accountability to all agency levels and fosters integrity. INSITE administration is done by USCIS Management Directorate, Security & Integrity (OSI) Internal Review Division ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Travelling Labs for Rural, Remote and Homeless Veterans

To reduce beneficial travel and burden on our Veterans, as well as increase the number of Veterans getting needed labs that are currently unable to develop a small fleet of equipped RV's staffed by Provider, Nurse, and Clerk/Driver to visit rural areas, KOA campgrounds, homeless shelters on a scheduled basis. Much like the idea of the bookmobile. These RV would be linked to the patients record systems and the veterans ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Get rid of Congresses Personal Jets and Other things

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 »

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General Services Administration

Incentive to save money on lodging

I propose that if federal employees choose to stay somewhere cheaper than the GSA lodging rate in that area, they are able to keep 50% of their savings. This policy should still apply if the employee chooses to stay with friends/family for free, in which case they should still be reimbursed for half the GSA lodging rate.

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