Hundreds of millions of dollars can be saved annually by doing 3 things:
1. Allow more federal workers to work from home saving millions in rental costs.
2. Use virtual meetings as often as possible to negate travel costs.
3. Govt should purchase small two seater cars for traversing city/suburban environments saving on fuel costs. I'm always seeing one or two govt personnel riding in large SUV's - very wasteful!
Currently IRS field offices (Taxpayer Assistance Centers) provide annual CPE training to all employees via DVD. Having virtual instructors teach classes that are broadcast live to field offices would allow real-time interaction and save on the cost of producing and shipping thousands of DVDs each year. Virtual classes could also replace travel-related instruction and meetings.
With the tele-meeting and tele-conferencing that the government has at its convenience, why are we still having employees travel from all around the country to a meeting, when they could just have a tele-meeting that would accomplish the same thing and save money on airfare, hotels, and per diem.