Department of Commerce

Use Technology to Streamline Communication

Web conferencing software could be utilized to limit the amount of government travel and the high cost that goes along with it. For example, there are 122 weather forecast offices around the country, and each spring every office makes a number of road trips to train weather spotters. Our office alone does between 2 and 3 dozen trips each year. The cost of time, gas and vehicle wear is easily in the thousands of dollars for just our office in the past few years. Besides being a more efficient and cost effective way to train spotters, we would also be able to reach a much larger audience. This is just one particular example of how web conferencing software would quickly and easily save money. I'm sure this could be helpful government wide.

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