General Services Administration

General Services Administration

Airline Travel: Meet or Beat Non-contract Rates

Currently, government employees can pay up to four times the average citizen for airline travel. I suggest that GSA implement a "meet or beat" government contract fares option in GovTrip. Employees will be able to search discount fare options and input those flights and the corresponding rate into GovTrip. If contract carriers match the rate, then they get the business, if not, the employee can purchase the ticket with... more »

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Travel per diem of 40% for staying with friends and family

Allow federal workers on travel to stay with friends and family at 40% of the per diem instead of taking a hotel room at full government per diem rate. Workers on authorized travel have to chose somewhere to sleep and there is no economic incentive for them to stay with friends and family. If they received a portion of the per diem, they could decrease travel costs to the government substantially. Hotel costs often exceed... more »

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8 Hours of Holiday Pay for All Employees

I suggest that the discrepancy of paid holiday hours be eliminated by enforcing a uniform standard of employees only receiving 8 hours of paid holiday work time for each of the federal holidays. It is not only a more equitable policy (by granting the same time off to employees on normal 8-hour a day schedules and those on AWS work schedules), but it will save the government money by eliminating the superfluous paid holiday... more »

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Tire Repalcement on Government Vehicles

I suggest that every branch of the government that maintains vehicles such as light trucks and maintenance work trucks and SUVs change from new tire replacement to recycled tires manufactured by a reputable retreading company. For example if any light truck with standard size tires needs to replace those tires, the average cost per tire at government rates would be approximately 175 dollars per tire. By using recycled... more »

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incentivize travel savings

Expand a travel saver that I saw as a pilot years ago, but never caught on universally. Travelers who stay at lodging below the max per diem or stay with friends get to "split the difference" with the government. The government could reduce lodging costs on smoe trips by up to half, and the traveler is incentivized for doing so. Modern travel systems could support this better than the old paper processes.

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Reduce government landscaping costs

Review the costs of grounds and landscape maintenance at all federally-owned facilities and all federally-leased facilities. Reward xeriscaping and use of native/local plants or non-plant features (rock gardens, etc.) Set targets for reducing landscaping that requires extra care, extra watering, changeout of flowers at seasons and reward meeting or exceeding those targets.

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End Royality Status for Agency Directors

Oh here's an idea just waiting for Executive approval. End the Royality status for Agency Directors. Perhaps smaller Limousines, less personal chefs, and oh let's not forget the remodeling of personal property of the Director's homes who ofcourse have to have all manner of electronic gizmo's installed upon taking the job, only to have them removed when the heyday is over and their house gets a total remodeling at Tax... more »

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Equitably scoring the costs of real property leases vs. ownership

I suggest you...change the way in which policy options are "scored" with regard to leasing federal space versus owning a building. The status quo is that when comparing the options of buying a property versus leasing a property, the total ownership costs (design, construction, maintenance, etc.) are used to score the ownership option; whereas only 1 year of lease costs plus the cost to cancel the lease is used to score... more »

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Let the Government talk with itself!

I became an employee about a year ago, one of the things I had to do was drive 3 hours to the nearest USGS regional office to sign some paperwork. I can drive 20 minutes to a Federal Building, why can't we set up an interrelations office there that assesses multiple agencies and handles this type of paperwork? There was no reason that I had to go to the regional office, rather than having an office nearby with a notary.... more »

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