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Department of Defense

Use government lodging during TDYs

Let's increase usage of lodging at government installations during TDYs and reduce money spent at commercial hotels. Recommend travel regulations be changed to require federal employees selected for temporary duty (and during permanent change of station transfers) to attempt to use government owned/controlled lodging when the business event (conference, training, etc) isn't hosted at a hotel, government lodging isn't... more »

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Department of State

Reduce lodging expenses

The USG lodging allowance in many locations is very high.
When on TDY, employees should be encouraged to use a cheaper hotel and receive an incentive of 50% of the difference between the chosen hotel and the maximum per-diem.
For example: if the lodging allowance in Paris, France is $410 but the traveler is staying at a hotel charging only $300 per night, he/she will receive an incentive of $55/night.
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Department of Housing and Urban Development

More TAD / TDY Lodging options near high per diem travel sites.

There is a glut of foreclosed properties across the US, including in high per diem cities where many DoD, HHS, and other agency personnel travel for training and meetings. The cost of hotel lodging can be quite high.
There is also a high unemployment rate in many US cities.
Establishing a program of "Navy Lodge" type facilities using foreclosed properties, and town houses, could provide employment (maintenance personnel,... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Per Diem Allowance

Coast Guard reserves are paid a per diem allowance (lodging and meals and incidental expenses(M&IE)) when they volunteer for active duty at locations other than their local area. They are also paid basic allowance for housing (BAH) and basic allowance for subsistence (BAS). This is a major waste of money when a reservist is on extended active duty. They should only be allowed the per diem allowance for a limited time,... more »

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Department of Defense

Military Lodging

The DoD should close down a majority of their on-base lodging. The true costs of operating these facilities are not included in the price charged to members staying there. The going rate is roughly $40 on base which is half of the off-base rate for many military areas. Originally many of the on-base lodging facilities where established because of the remote location of military bases. Now that cities have grown around... more »

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Department of Defense

A Simple Idea That Is Easy To Implement

I propose that when military members are sent TDY they be required to share quarters or hotel rooms with one other member, providing they do not have to share the same bed, are of equal rank and the same gender.

When my unit was sent on a mission for a few weeks, we stayed at a hotel and each member got their own room which was equipped with two beds. My brother, also in my unit, was sent TDY with us and we decided to... more »

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Department of Defense

Modernizing DAU Online Course Delivery

I have never been a fan of online courses, particularly ones where a student simply clicks through a set of slides. However, online course delivery has evolved into a format that is not only cheaper, but one which can actually provide a higher-quality learning experience than a traditional classroom.

Universities around the world are now providing virtual classrooms for their students. I encourage you to view MIT’s free... more »

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General Services Administration

Incentive to save money on lodging

I propose that if federal employees choose to stay somewhere cheaper than the GSA lodging rate in that area, they are able to keep 50% of their savings. This policy should still apply if the employee chooses to stay with friends/family for free, in which case they should still be reimbursed for half the GSA lodging rate.

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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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EXOP - Office of Management and Budget

Hotel Tax reduction- State Taxes

Most States Exempt Federal Employees from paying state taxes for hotel accomadations; if you present a state hotel tax exemption form at the time of check-in. There is no requirement to ask for the exemption, and finding the forms can be difficult if you are travelling out of the state you are based in.
The Office of Management and Budget could require that all travellers submit a tax exempt form for hotel stays.... more »

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