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Department of Defense

Employee Sharing of Travel Savings

It is time to encourage employees to save on travel expenses by sharing a percentage of the savings they have on their travel. Use the average price of hotels, rental cars and air travel for TDY location and give the employee a percentage (say 10 or 20 percent) of the amount they save the government. By doing this, the Government could develop a culture of looking for the best price and most savings.

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Department of the Interior

allow interagency agreements to be paid via govt charge card

If small dollar interagency agreements, such as travel reimbursements or Economy Act purchases, are under the micropurchase level($3000), agencies should be allowed to reimburse other agencies via credit card transactions rather than billing via IPAC. Often the cost of setting up and billing interagency agreements is more than the costs that are being reimbursed.

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Department of Homeland Security

Coast Guard Innovation Expo - Require A Cost-Benefit Analysis

The Coast Guard conducts an annual Innovation Expo, a large, and very costly event entailing extensive travel costs, conference fees, personnel time, planning expenses, etc... The locations rotate around the country and have included Florida, New Orleans, and other similar venues.

While the Innovation Expo's intent is to highlight innovative ideas within the organization, very similar to the SAVE Award, it does so at... more »

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Department of Transportation

Consolidate GovTrip Fees: A quick and quantifiable solution

This idea is computable, keeps accountability, and very easy to implement: Require travelers who have long-term temporary assignments (3 weeks or greater) to submit a travel authorization for the entire trip, rather than the required maximum (e.g., a 3 month assignment would require 4 authorizations). Authorizations cost $15 through GovTrip, so why not have a one-time submittal for these longer trips? The traveler can... more »

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Department of Defense

Make GTCC Voluntary for Reservists

The Government Travel Credit Card is required for military members to travel. However, most members would prefer to use their own credit card to accumulate rewards and furthermore mobilized Reservists are forbidden to use them as part of mobilization. The manhours spent tracking GTCC's and determining GTCC allotment to Travel Claims could be severely reduced by allowing members to use their private credit cards. This... more »

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Department of Defense

Option to Take 50% of Hotel Max Rate In Place of Hotel Stay

As a government traveler, there is a maximum rate for lodging allowance, and people will often book a hotel at this maximum rate (in fact, in places like Honolulu, all the hotels know the max rate and will charge the travelers that amount).

However, sometimes the traveler has family or friends in the area and would enjoy staying with them instead. Allowing the traveler to opt for 50% of the max as an allowance on their... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Reduce Occupancy & Travel Expense via Telework

New leases are being explored for many local offices because the merger of agencies means seating is not adequate for all assigned employees. Instead, offices should be seeking to reduce the overall footprint even with the newly assigned staff. Telework should be increased to reduce occupancy expense and travel expense and should be encouraged by all managers rather than being inconsistently applied. The focus of the... more »

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