Department of Veterans Affairs

Timely Official Travel Planning to Eliminate Increased Charges

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Thousands of Federal Employees travel everyday. There are tremendous expenditures associated with travel.


If Federal Agencies would be proactive and timely in planning for travel, the expenditures would decrease tremendously.


Often times, solicitations for travel are issued a month in advance. The employee is then alerted a month later, for example, on a Thursday that they travel out on Sunday. The airfare and hotel charges are greatly increased in these circumstances. Of course sometimes it is inevitable and necessary to wait that long, but many times the plans could be made weeks in advance.


Federal Agencies need to be accountable for travel monies and ensure that travel arrangements are made at the earliest point possible.


This action would assist in giving the American People the Federal Government that they expect and deserve.

I agree to have my idea, not my name or information, posted online. YES


Idea No. 12178