Department of Commerce

Metorologist

Increase use of video conferencing and gotomeeting type software for routine meetings. NWS has monthly meetings that employees from Alaska must spend at least 12 hours each way travelling to in DC. The per diem, air fare, and travel time costs add up to $3000 per trip and reduce time the people can work on things in their office. I suggest that this not be done for all meetings, but that people be given the choice of doing this for more routine meetings.

The NWS Corpoarate board alone has spent up to $1 million in a year for routine monthly meetings. I suggest using that money on non-routine meetings.

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Idea No. 1472