Use internet search engines like Expedia for Government travel. We need to renegotiate a better deal for flights and hotels that are Government contracted, that would include the use of common search engines for travel. I have found flights to be considerably less expensive when I have compared our contracted flights to that found in search engines like Kayak, Orbitz, etc… At the very least, allow for Government travelers to make an attempt to find better fares through these search engines. If better fares can be found, then there needs to be a way to be approved through DTS.
I traveled to Washington DC for a conference. I brought my family so that we could enjoy the area while I was there. My wife and son flew for half the price that the Government paid and their flight was within an hour of mine.