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Department of Veterans Affairs

decrease or eliminate education travel

why do we send staff to "train the trainer" classes only to have them teach the class to staff at an offsite location in different cities? this is happening with most of the PACT training. 20-30 staff members are being sent with the "trainer" to cities that require several overnight stays, travel expense and per diem. Classes should either be conducted at the facility or at a location that does not require unnecessary... more »

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Department of Defense

Option to Per Deim Rate Hotels

Government travelers have no incentive to look for a cheaper hotel than allowed by the per deim rate. I suggest allowing travelers to keep 50% of the funds saved if they stay in a hotel below the per deim rate.

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Department of Defense

Incentive for Less Expensive Hotels on Travel

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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Department of Defense

Allow travelers to use homes of friends and family.

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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General Services Administration

Eliminate Mandatory Use of Government Rates When Traveling

Traveling on the government's dime should not cost more than it does to make travel arrangements on your own. There are instances where the government rate at a hotel is more than a rate offered through other discount programs (like AAA or frequent user programs). There are also instances where booking travel through an airline directly is less expensive than using a contract carrier. Government employees (both Congressional... more »

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Department of Defense

Modifying Travel Per Diem Entitlements

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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Department of Defense

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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Department of Defense

A Simple Idea That Is Easy To Implement

I propose that when military members are sent TDY they be required to share quarters or hotel rooms with one other member, providing they do not have to share the same bed, are of equal rank and the same gender. When my unit was sent on a mission for a few weeks, we stayed at a hotel and each member got their own room which was equipped with two beds. My brother, also in my unit, was sent TDY with us and we decided to... more »

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General Services Administration

Hotel Per Diem Rates

Require that approved hotels provide government employees on official travel with room rates that are at the per-diem rate for that area. Currently, some hotels only allocate a certain number of rooms at the government rate; once these are booked up, government either has to cover the additional expense, or employees have to search for alternate lodging. A case in point occurred this past month, when an area with a $116... more »

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Department of the Interior

Employees Share in Travel Cost Savings

Many government employees would choose less expensive lodging and travel options (rental car class, cheaper airport transportation or parking, fewer checked bags, etc.) if they could share in the savings. As is, there's little incentive to spend less than the maximum allowance. If employees could keep say 25% of the savings, they'd be staying with friends and family more often, camp grounds while doing field work, using... more »

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Department of State

Reduce lodging expenses

The USG lodging allowance in many locations is very high. When on TDY, employees should be encouraged to use a cheaper hotel and receive an incentive of 50% of the difference between the chosen hotel and the maximum per-diem. For example: if the lodging allowance in Paris, France is $410 but the traveler is staying at a hotel charging only $300 per night, he/she will receive an incentive of $55/night. The government... 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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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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Department of Homeland Security

Hotel Desks and Sixty Percent Telework

I suggest that federal agencies mandate that all administrative staff people who do not need to maintain large physical files and who do not need to be physically on the premises of their workplaces (such as members of the Chief Information Officer's, Chief Financial Office's, and Acquisition work forces) be placed on alternating 3/2 schedules (i.e., one week they telework 3 days and are in the office for 2 days, and... more »

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