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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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Online eduation delivery

I recently went to a month-long training session out of state as part of the training for my position. I also recently graduated a very well designed, challengine online Masters of Business Administration program offered by the University of Florida, a highly accredited institution that has won awards for this specific program. I don't understand why the government is still spending money on per diem and travel costs.... more »

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Savings on Training

The cost of training each and every employee is extremely high and I believe that there is a better, more cost efficient way of doing things. Currently, the Government sends each employee to their required training, paying for their flight, hotel and per diem. For a two week course, this can easily be $5000 per person. If there are 20 people in this class, then the cost is $100,000 plus the cost of the instructors... more »

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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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Save money, less military moves

The military ,every year moves hundreds of thousands of members just for career advancement.The taxpayer not only foots the bill for the expensive move but also in the 2-3 months of lost productivity Cut these permanent change of station moves by 2/3. Raise the time on station limit to 6 years before someone can move to another base.

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Stop Paying Twice for Windows

We buy computers from Dell. Each computer comes with a license from Microsoft. (Sticker with license key) We then buy an Enterprise license to install Windows (any version) on that computer. Dell sells computers without Windows. We can buy our computers without Microsoft licenses, and then install our Enterprise software. (Volume Licensing)

We never use the preinstalled version, and we never use the license key we pay... more »

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Eliminate VIP Aircraft for most U.S. Officials

Serving overseas, I have seen numerous official delegation trips that were supported by VIP Aircraft and an extensive DOD team. For example, a five-member congressional delegation traveling overseas will be supported by a business jet, flown by two Air Force pilots. They will be accompanied by at least two military officers and one or more enlisted personnel- not to mention additional support from the State and DOD... more »

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Curtail Use of Air Force 1

Mr President, if you are serious about reducing costs, start by staying in your office for at least three weeks of every month. I can think of no reason why the world should not come to your door for discussions rather than unnecessary political speeches, rallies,etc. In the DoD, we are doing weekly video teleconferences at all levels of classification. Surely the White House has this capability as well. The savings... more »

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Eliminate Per Diem Allowance for Meals and Incidental Expenses

Most DoD travelers are making profits by pocketing the difference between their Meal and Incidental Expenses (MIE) per diem and actual costs. Eliminating the MIE per diem and reimbursing travelers for only actual expenses (up to a limit) would not only save costs during travel, but would also reduce travel overall by disincentivizing people from taking unnecessary trips just to make a profit from their MIE per diems.... more »

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Save over $500 million annually limit exec. air travel

I have noticed over the years that there has been alot of military airlift missions from our Command. The travel is mostly going from Norfolk, VA to Washington, D.C. Which is roughly a 45 minute flight, as opposed to a 3 hour drive. That is great for time savings, but not financial savings.

I noticed some flight orders with the expenses listed for the air travel. Usually between $11K and $12K a flight, so round trip... more »

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Get DFAS Travel Vouchers Online

DFAS (Defense Travel and Accounting Service) does travel vouchers for certain branches of the services (Navy, Army, DLA) that aren't covered by DTS (the Defense Travel System). DFAS does all of their vouchers through complicated and confusing forms that must be faxed in since they require a handwritten signature. DTS, while not perfect, handles all reviews and transactions online greatly decreasing my time to getting... more »

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Travel savings (TDY) - Hotel Per Diem

There is currently no incentive for an employee to stay at less expensive hotels. I propose that if an employee books a hotel that is less than the maximum allowable per diem, then the employee and the government share the savings. For example, if maximum Per Diem for San Diego is $150 a night, and the employee books a $60/night hotel, the employee is paid half of the difference ($45), and the government saves $45.

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