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Department of the Interior

Non-refundable Airfare

Employees are required to book airfare through GovTrip/SATO. GovTrip only allows purchase of refundable tickets. By allowing/requiring purchase of non-refundable tickets, airfare costs would be reduced by around 50% on average (based on my own travel costs).

Under the current system, government employees would need to cancel air travel at least 50% of the time to justify refundable tickets. I can't imagine that the... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Procurement

Online shopping needs to not be limited. I purchase office supplies through GSA but upon reviewing the same items on a site such as Amazon, there is a vast difference in price and almost always cheaper. We are unable to use sites like Amazon or other trusted websites. Sites such as Amazon can save money and disputing transactions with them is very easy. As an active online shopper who purchases multiple items each week... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Remove mandate to use travel agency

I have been working for the US Coast Guard for nearly 13 years now, and as an attorney I have a fair amount of work-related travel. We are required to book travel through a contracted travel agency (SATO), and each and every reservation costs $28.50. I am sure that this adds up to quite a lot agency-wide, and I suspect that other agencies have similar mandates.

My suggestion is that we abolish this requirement entirely,... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

NO MORE SATO!

SATO Travel is an inefficient, costly way for government employees to procure travel. They restrict flight options, which costs work hours/days, they charge 28.50 everytime you talk to them on the phone, which airlines do not, and they are often unable to rebook tickets and I have to call the airline directly anyways. These concerns are particularly valid for Alaska. AMHS ferry travel could be booked in one step vice... 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 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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