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Department of Energy

Frequent Flyer Miles

The frequent flyer miles earned on buisness flights should go to the government (or entity that paid for the ticket) and not to the traveler. Those miles will add up and then can be used to save money on future government travel. While getting miles for personal use is a nice perk for travelling employees, they are essentially getting free upgrades and personal vacations at the government’s expense.

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Multiple Travel Agencies

When booking travel we have to enter the request for authorization to travel through one online service but actually book air travel through a travel agent. The online service supports booking travel directly through them. Using two services adds an aditional $31.00 per trip.

The department should look for a contract that maintains the efficiency of online travel managment but reduces the duplication of costs.

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Training via Distance Learning

Arrange for all National Training Center (NTC) courses and other courses of interest to DOE employees and contractors such as those offered by universities, national labs, DOE sites, etc. to be available through distance learning. That will save travel costs and ensure that employees still have access to the training they need to perform their jobs safely, effectively, and efficiently.

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Reduce DOE/NNSA Travel Costs

Within DOE/NNSA, travel funds for lab, plant, and support contractors flow pretty easily; however, for government employees travel budgets are greatly restricted, as they require the use of very limited "Program Direction" funds. Many times it is easier to schedule a meeting in DC (where costs are high), with a large number of people traveling from the national labs and/or plants, rather than utilizing a more central... more »

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Use open market to save on travel

Using the open market to book travel will save a lot of money for taxpayers. Encourage employees to save money by allowing them to retain the miles & points earned through booking less expensive travel on their own. Verify possible savings before booking by comparing with quotes from current system.

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