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Department of Justice

Federal Employee Video Testimony

Routinely the DOJ and US Attorneys Office will subpoena Federal employees to testify in cases outside of the employee's geographical work area.

These cases can often be cross country in nature as currently my office on the West Coast is working to find funding to send an employee to the East Coast for under one hour of general background testimony.

A cross country flight and hotel for less than one hour of general testimony.... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Insource Travel Management Functions

Though GSA negotiates rates for airlines, hotels and car rentals, Federal agencies pay outrageous amounts to a variety of travel managers, such as SATO and Omega World Travel to merely book these accomodations and to be available in case of an emergency. Instead, the Government should create its own central travel agency, operated as a revolving fund, which books travel for all agencies at cost. To save costs further,... more »

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Executive Office of the President

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Stuff We All Get

You have seen it in your unit’s storage or at a recruiting event. We give it out to visitors at trade shows or at an unit open house event.

Coffee cups, calendars, key chains, pens, challenge coins, you name it and the only thing in common is the sticker on the bottom; Made in China.

It is time to impose immediate legislation that will prohibit the purchase of foreign made items for official... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Consolidate DHS Seized Property Operations

Currently; Border Patrol, CBP, FPS, ICE, TSA and the US Coast Guard have their own facilities, policy, processes, and specialist personnel to handle seized property and contraband.

By consolidating all of these facilities and processes into one DHS seized property system, cost savings and efficiency will occur.

Why does ICE need a seized property vault in the same geographical location as CBP?

Consolidate these facilities... more »

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Department of Education

Saving on Government Travel

If an employee can demonstrate that it is less expensive to the government to travel (fly or car) on official duty from their home base as opposed to their duty station (which they are currently required to do), they should be allowed to do so. For telecommuters, this would be a huge advantage, as well as, a cost savings to the government. For example, if a telecommuter's home base is in Columbus, OH and their duty... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Remote conference attendance, eliminate travel costs

A number of employees are sent around the globe to attend topic-specific conferences, meetings, etc. I propose we invest in partnering with these major conferences to implement video conferencing, interactive sessions, etc. Many organizations have adopted virtual meetings such as the distance education institutions allowing them to conduct classes with students around the globe. It would greatly save the government... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Reduce travel costs

Allow government travelers to use free services like Expedia, hotels.com, airline & hotel websites to directly book airline tickets and hotels using government travel cards. If the cost savings makes sense and follow the regulations, utilize the direct company websites rather than use government travel centers that have been awarded contracts and charge a fee for each trip.

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Department of Defense

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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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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Department of Homeland Security

Have DTMO/DTS Assume All Federal Travel Responsibilities

The Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) already performs the "travel agent" function for the Department of Defense. It has personnel in place to book flights and respond to travelers' questions and emergency travel needs. It also has an automated travel management system in place, the Defense Travel System (DTS). DTMO and DTS charge far less than their private industry counterparts (e.g., SATO, FedTraveler, Omega).... more »

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Department of the Interior

Don't over spend on travel

Educate travlers and hotels on federal hotel rates and tax exemption. When I present my government card, with the tax execemption number, hotels try to charge me the maximum government rate, even though the normal rate may be lower. They think it is an entitlement not a maximum. Takes a lot to convince them otherwise, leading me to believe a great deal of federal employees may accept the federal rate and thus overpay.... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Streamline travel purchases

Why pay an airline $300 for a flight that takes twice as long as one that costs $150? I understand buying the more expensive ticket to get reimbursal in case of a cancellation, but don't employees generally use the flight?

I routinely see colleagues paying double the money for services offered by cheaper commercial airlines, and I'm sure this adds up over all departments. Allow employees to make their own travel arrangements,... more »

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Legislative Branch

Cut travel per diem

Federal per diem has become an entitlement for staying at over-priced hotels and eating out all the time. There are usually much cheaper options for places to stay that aren't being used, and since people are expected to feed themselves anyway, the restaurant-scale meals and incidentals are too high as well. If federal executives want to travel with the business crowd, they can pay out of pocket for it.

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Department of the Interior

Limit Govtrip & Choose money saving alternative for travel

The government is wasting money paying sky-high fees on airline tickets to send employees to a 2-5 day training/seminar. On top of that, the government is also paying for lodging, per diem, and other unnecessary expenses. Instead, the government should incorporate the use of technology to provide training and hold conferences through platforms such as Skype. This will eliminate fees and expenses associated with booking... more »

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