Department of Defense

REDUCE UNNECESSARY TAD

VOTE THIS UP! REDUCE UNNECESSARY TAD (Traveling Around Drunk) or a/k/a Temporary Assigned Duty PROBLEM: Too many government program "line workers" attending non substantive awarded Contractor meetings across the country. SOLUTION: 1) SKYPE and other IT tools to manage meetings from afar. 2) incentives gov program line workers to manage cost, schedule and performance of a program budget per project/awarded contract.... more »

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Department of Defense

Reduce Cost of Travel and save over $300M Annually

I am the Deputy for the Defense Travel System and propose to save Annually approximately $211M (conservative) to $308.5M (realistic to aggressive) in the following ways: Automated Voucher Processing $71M Automated Centrally Billed Accounts (CBAs) $51M Electronic Records Management and Streamlining Requirements $19.8M Consolidation of Commercial Travel Offices and Streamlining Requirements between $37.5M and $62.5M Allowing... more »

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Department of Defense

Automate DTS hotel tax exempt form so that individual traveller does not have to fill it out.

Currently, when a traveller goes TDY, they have an option to file a lodging tax exempt form. Many people do not file these forms resulting in an additional cost to the Agency of 11-13% in hotel tax. By having DTS automatically check if the hotel accepts tax exempt forms and forcing the employee to file these forms (or automating the system so these forms are filed on behalf of the traveller without the traveller having... more »

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Department of Defense

Do we always need to buy refundable airplane tickets?

Does the military ALWAYS have to buy fully refundable tickets, which cost more? How many commercial flights do military personnel actually end up having to cancel or change? In the grand scheme of things, we might be able to save money by buying non-refundable tickets (at least part, if not most of the time) and paying the penalties when plans change. It may seem wasteful in those individual instances to cancel or... more »

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Department of Defense

Rent HYBRID RENTAL CARS to save $1.5M on certain types of official travel

A simple equation instantly predicts when a hybrid rental car is cheaper than a compact or economy rental car, and could be used to reduce the costs of official government travel. When a rental car is used for a short distance over many days and gas prices are low, a compact or economy car is generally cheaper. When traveling many miles over a short period and gas prices are high, the hybrid is cheapest. But travelers... more »

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Department of Defense

DO AWAY WITH THE DEFENCE TRAVEL SYSTEM (DTS) AND OPT FOR AMUCH MORE STREAMLINED SYSTEM WHICH GIVES LINKS TO COMERAL TRAVEL SITES

DTS is a complicated and costly system, not only does it not book the travel electronically for you, it go to a travel agency that dose that and charges you a fee. The next problem is it bases all of its air fares on the GSA City Pares program. You can almost always go to commercial sites like Expedia or Orbitz and find lower fares, the GAS City Pairs program is costly and just need to done away with completely, Suggestion... more »

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Department of Defense

Let Military Personnel Book Their Own Travel

Last year I used the Defense Travel System (DTS) to book a flight from Washington, DC to Monterey, CA for a conference. My ticket cost us taxpayers over $2000! For that kind of money, I could have flown first class, but I ended up in coach on one of the worst seats on the plane - in the very last row of the plane, just in front of the bathroom and the galley. You know, one of the seats that don't recline. I am SURE... more »

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Department of Defense

DOD savings

1. Mandate double sided printing through out DOD and governmental agencies. 2. Eliminate the DOD contracted lawn services for bases that were able to cut lawns themselves prior to the "War on Terrorism." 3. Mandate first term enlisted/officer personnel may not get married until after service of first contract, thereby lowering personnel expenditures of basic allowance for housing (BAH) DOD wide. 4. Temporary assignment... more »

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Department of Defense

DoD, DTS (Defense Travel System)

In DoD, a travel system called DTS (Defense Travel System) is used for traveling. Currently when airfare is booked, a travel agency (SATO, etc) is used to book the trip. A charge of $11.20 is made for every ticket issued. DTS should be changed to book flights directly with the carrier (AA, Southwest, Delta, etc). This would cut out the middle man (SATO) and save dollars. Image if DoD had 1 millions flights scheduled... more »

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Department of Defense

Electronic Time and Travel

As a Department of the Army Intern, I have submitted all of my travel orders and vouchers electronically through the Defense Travel System. Previous to my work for the Federal Government when I worked in the private sector, I have always submitted my timesheets electronically. Now that I am going to be promoted out of the Intern program I will have to start filling out all of my timesheets and travel worksheets with pen... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Federal Travel System Based on Priceline Model

New Government-Wide Travel System Based on "Priceline" model. The Federal travel system is an archane system even in newest form in my agency and in many other federal agencies regardless of platform. In my agencies platform, FedTraveler, we pay large fees that seem to reward the contractor well above what myself and other employees consider fair. For example the charge in FedTraveler for processing a l"local voucher"... more »

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Department of Defense

Defense Travel System not user friendly

Defense Travel System needs to be made easier to understand or assign one person to input all travel. When you don't travel very often for training, it is not time efficient for each person to do their own travel records in this system. Also train civlians to be the supervisor of travel, as the military members leave after 3 years to take new jobs and retraining new persons over and over is not efficient either. Hopefully... more »

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Department of Defense

Consolidating Travel Actions Under DTS

I suggest you consolidate all travel authorizations, orders and vouchers under DTS and shut down eFinance. Currently, some organizations refuse to issue travel orders through DTS when cross-org funding is required which causes the need for non-DTS travel vouchers. This is redundant and wasteful. We invested in DTS, now it's time to use it to recoup the investment and standardize travel procedures DoD-wide.

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Department of Defense

Air Force Civilian PCS Process AFPC

I suggest you..The permanent Change of Station (PCS) process for Air Force civilians is dysfunctional. Currently, all civilian PCS orders are done by hand. Once the employee is notified of a management directed reassignment it will be months before they have their orders in hand. Often, employees don’t receive their orders until 30 days before they are scheduled to PCS, after the request had been submitted 60-90 days... more »

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General Services Administration

DTS TRAVEL

Potential gov't buyers should be allowed to purchase travel under the lowest airline bid, (DTS) and not just what GSA has provided. Some airlines offer lower priced airfare.

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