I see my colleagues and supervisors renting cars too easily at government expense while at conferences and the like. This is done with some minimal justification. Often the real reason is to be able to drive out for one's personal visits. Close auditing of rental car usage and justification is needed, and traveler should be asked to show reasons why car could not be shared or public transportation/ taxi used.
The current policy for all government employees, whether they are U.S. military members or U.S. Government civil service employees, is to use U.S. airport rental car offices to rent cars while on official government travel. However, off-airport rental car locations are less expensive, even with the same company. As an example, Hertz, Avis, National, Alamo, Dollar, and Budget rental car companies usually all have both... more »
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 »
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 »