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Express Acquisitions Reform

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1. Eliminate superfluous manpower.
A. Review internet history of all employees. Those with more than one-hour of personal website use per day are expendable and should be reviewed for dismissal. Military should be reassigned to an operational unit.
B. Review frequent traveler miles/points accrued during business travel. Those with trends on a specific airline or hotel chain (particularly luxury chains)... more »

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Modifying Travel Per Diem Entitlements

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There is an average amount (or more appropriately, percentage of the maximum) employees spend on travel expenses. This amount is almost certainly extremely close to the maximum allowed (or 100%), and certainly not the minimum possible. Employees should be compensated for spending less than this average amount, for instance, 50% of the savings. As an example, if I spend $60/night at a hotel instead of the average $90/night... more »

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Reduce Excessive Travel M&IE

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As a federal employee, whenever I travel on official business, I am granted compensation for my meals and incidental expenses (M&IE) at a rate usually set by GSA, but also set by DoD or DoS in some jurisdictions. If I do not spend up to the compensation rate, I pocket any excess (untaxed I might add). At least this is how it works in DoD.

I have rarely ever spent up to the M&IE rates, despite generally eating well.... more »

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Restructure Civilian PCS Travel Payments

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Currently the PCS Travel function for Civilians is extremely overtaxed. Most of the travel is paid for by the civilian itself (already taxed money) and reimbursed at a later date. This reimbursement has taxes withheld just like a regular paycheck. Then every year come March & April the DoD-DFAS Civilian PCS Travel Department must spend thousands of man hours processing a particular claim called the "RITA claim."... more »

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Modernizing DAU Online Course Delivery

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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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Allow travelers to use homes of friends and family.

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If a traveler has a family member or knows a friend at the TDY location, allow the traveler to make arrangements to stay with them and reimburse them for 50% of the allowable per deim rate for hotel stays in that area. I frequently travel to Washington and stay overnight. The per diem rate for a hotel stay was $211 in June. If I stayed with my sister, who lives in Alexandria, I could give her $105 for each night's... more »

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Incentive for Less Expensive Hotels on Travel

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The current structure does not provide any incentive for reducing travel expense by finding a hotel under the per diem rate. If the rate in a city is $90 per night but there are hotels offered for $60, the traveler would not select the lesser expensive hotel.

There should be a system in place to split the savings between both the traveler and government. 50/50 would suffice, but this could be adjusted. Using the above... more »

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Hold Business Partners Accountable for Services Provided

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A guy walking around with his hand down his pants, belching, and complaining that he was too old to move heavy stuff as he dropped a box marked “FRAGILE” . . . That is what the Army got when they hired a local company for a PCS move.

A rental car agent asking “why do you care, it isn’t your money?” . . . That was the response to a complaint that I was being charged too much for a car while traveling on official Government... more »

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Verify VTCs can NOT replace travel

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Over the years DoD has spent a lot of money fielding VTC capability (classified and unclassified), but a lot of "nice-to-have" travel still occurs--particularly to Washington, D.C. Travellers and their supervisors should have to state that VTC capability is NOT available with their planned destination. This could be ideal for conducting short seminars or other small-group meetings.

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Change Travel Regulation to Incentivize Savings

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The JFTR should be changed to allow members to both seek less expensive travel options on an individual basis, as well as benefit from those savings.

Frequently, the government rate for airfare, hotels, and rental cars is much higher than the rates available to travelers making personal reservations.

Similar to the Personally Procured Move program that allows PCS'g members to capture a monetary incentive for finding... more »

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Eliminate the Gov't Travel Card (GTC)

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Elimiate the GTC. The AF is paying Citi bank millions of dollars for AF members to have a GTC (now Controlled Spending Limit account) and placing all the responsibility and legalities on the member. Members have no choice as this is directed through multiple laws, directives, and other legal documents. PCS, TDY, Deployments, and other military travel can be paid for using orders and the associated/listed fund cite.... more »

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Cost Effective Travel

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Allow employess to, at least, try to utilize travel search engines like Kayak and Expedia. If the savings is there then take it. Along with that the employee should understand that there is more risk involved if the travel were to be canceled. Therefore, this would motivate the employee to proceed with travel plans. Once travel is completed that employee should be awarded with a percentage of the savings. This would... more »

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Travel Pay Abuse

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Do not allow TDY's to high cost areas. Example DC/VA areas. Instead limit TDY's to military installations. TDY's are meant for gaining knowledge or valuable training, instead they are treated as a free vacation. Enforce civilians to lodge on base and reduce all to the Govt meal rate. Allow civilians to eat at the dining facility as long as they have their orders. Increase the govt meal rate and incidentals by a... more »

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Wayward Travel

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In order to travel from France to Germany, the Navy required that I travel to Ohio (my home of record); this cost an additional $1800 to the US taxpayers. Bureaucratic systems that require such frivolous expenditures cannot help our economy, and I am certain that I am not the only service-member who gasps in horror at how much money our armed forces unnecessarily spend on this element of travel. So here is the solution:... more »

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