Web meetings are an effective way to reduce travel. Staff will save travel time at airports, GovTrip scheduling, overtime, and compenstory time, not to mention per diem, parking, lodging, etc., for some trips. Under this idea, employees would first be required to investigate the use of a web-based meeting format rather than incurring travel costs (or video feed would work too) and only if an electronic approach is not available (assuming a conference call doesn't work), would people actually have to travel. Presentations can be given online, courses or training sessions, and multiple agency meetings can be held electronically. One trip from Boise to Portland, Oregon can cost my group over $1500. Staying at work and webbing into the meeting would cost us nothing more than my regular salary.
Idea No. 250