Currently, pic-tel conferences can cost approx. $1000 or more per hour based on the number of connections. It is limited to places that are wired to connect to "bridges" and some systems are incompatible with one another. Skype is Internet based and therefore accessible where there is connectivity or wi-fi available. It would permit greater access to conferencing and meetings, particularly where and when important... more »
If the VA around America could Skype with Veterans it would save cost. The cost of Veterans driving long distances, and being paid travel pay. Money that is spent on time waiting in a waiting room to be seen. Some veterans have computer access at their homes and being able to Skype ( which is Free) would same time and money for the Federal Government.
Require managers and directors to reduce government travel 20% by using Live Meeting or video messaging or Skype. I see alot of waste for team meetings etc. that could be done via live meeting or even conference calls. Also reduce the use of hotel conference rooms etc for meetings and use facilities that are leased or owned by the government that have conference space already rather than paying for space. Start looking... more »
Often times the government attempts to reinvent the wheel in order to save money, but still ends up as a large price tag once committed. The use of Skype in leui of Video and Tele conference calls would save the government millions each year. The cost comparison is very simple, especially for the current setups that include items such as a projector or a television. A Webcam and a monitor would replace most instances... more »
Millions of dollars are spent each year on travel for Federal employees to give face-to-face presentations. For example, many agencies have Speakers Bureaus. Individual speakers travel to classrooms, community groups, and other local events to engage with their audience. The use of Skype would still allow for experts to present talks via the internet and engage with audiences. This would save a great deal of Federal employee... more »