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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Use travel money saved by this idea on other things

When traveling, if an employee has a friend or relative in the area where they are visiting, allow the employee to stay with the friend or relative and save on the hotel room & per diem. The agency then can use the money saved for other things (my office constantly runs out of postage the last week of September, for example).

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Legislative Branch

Reduce travel costs by employing WebEx

Web meetings are an effective way to reduce travel. Staff will save travel time at airports, GovTrip scheduling, overtime, and compenstory time, not to mention per diem, parking, lodging, etc., for some trips. Under this idea, employees would first be required to investigate the use of a web-based meeting format rather than incurring travel costs (or video feed would work too) and only if an electronic approach is not... more »

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Department of Labor

Eliminate Obsolete Travel Contractor

Carlson Wagonlit/Sato Travel is a government contractor to forty-eight (48) federal agencies and every branch of the military. Last year, they did $2.3 billion in travel sales to federal agencies.
Transactions for travel, especially airfare, with Carlson Wagonlit, can cost two to three times what the individual can book online. Worse, the company's website is tedious and frustrating to use. And, if there is an error,... more »

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Department of Defense

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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Department of Homeland Security

Consolidation of CBP and TSA Bonded Facility and Cargo Operation

Prior to the creation of the DHS, the former US Customs Service was the primary entity for inspecting inbound and outbound foreign cargo at US International airports as well as compliance and control of related bonded facilities.

The events of September 11, 2001 resulted in the creation of DHS as well as the TSA with the consolidation of the Customs Service into CBP. Since 2001 the TSA has grown and expanded in mission... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Reduce Lodging Expenses when on TDY

When someone travels to a city where they know someone, have them be able to stay with that person and receive a portion of what would have been spent on the hotel, perhaps 50%. That money could be used to thank the person whose house you are staying at, etc. So, for example, if someone was traveling to Los Angeles the current allowable per diem is 123. If the employee chooses not to stay at a hotel, allow them to... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Reduce Travel Costs

The government wastes a ton of money by restricting how travel is arranged. I had to fly from Anchorage to Miami a couple years ago and using the government mandated travel company (SATO) the ticket cost a little over $2,000 - plus a $37 booking fee. For the sake of comparison, I went to Orbitz and found the exact same flights for about $700. A co-worker recently needed to book a car for her travel and was told the... more »

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Department of State

Let Employees Book Cheap Flights & Get Reimbursed

I'm not sure how everyone else does it, but at the State Department we have to book our flights through a travel system called E2, run by a company called Carlson-Wagonlit. Besides being difficult to use, this system charges ridiculous amounts for flights. I recently booked a trip from the Global Financial Service Center in Charleston, SC to Washington DC and back again. E2 price? $1400. The same flights were available... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Corporate Airline Rewards: use travel to earn free flights

Establish (where possible) an account for business rewards travel that allows us (the U.S. goverment) to use airline travel miles to book free business related trips without taking frequent flyer miles away from the individual traveler's frequent flyer account(s). All business travel could be booked with the miles credited to the business rewards account. Then, we could use the business rewards account to book free flights.... more »

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Department of Defense

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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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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Executive Office of the President

Locate Fed Gov Offices in DC to a Set of Locations in Va MD

Save costs on real estate and leasing fees by moving Federal offices now located in DC to a limited number of satellite government centers in the states surrounding DC. There is no reason to concentrate offices in DC. Work functions, communication needs, work products, etc. DO NOT necessitate a physical DC address. Commuting times would be decreased, quality of life would be increased, and many, many other benefits... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Metro farecards for local travel

Offices should purchase Metro farecards to be used by DC area employees for local travel such as for training. The way travel is processed now, it costs almost double the travel cost to reimburse the employee. My travel cost $44 to attend 3 days of training in DC, and it took 2 months, 4 employees, and cost fees of $8 or $28 to process the travel voucher through the GovTrip program.

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Corporation for National and Community Service

Localize Orientation for VISTA members and empower staff

The current system of orienting VISTA members requires extensive travel, accommodation, and training costs to our agency. The system is complicated by the fact that many members relocate and are required to attend a training at a regional site before heading to their site of service. I would propose that significant costs could be saved by localizing these training's and may ultimately prove to be more useful to the VISTA... more »

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