Department of Veterans Affairs

Quit Paying for External Training When Internal Training on same topic is available!

Although much can be learned from outside organizations, we routinely pay outside agencies to provide training that we offer internally. Why would we invest the time and money to develop our own training seminars if we don't feel they are valuable enough to send our employees to? For example, my VISN is sending about 25 people from each facility to Disney World for leadership training. Simultaneously, the VA is rolling ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Taming the Conferencing Demon

Get some idea of the millions (or billions) wasted each year on boondoggle or otherwise unnecessary Government conferences and cut most of them out. You would save not only the cost of travel, room, board and employee time at the conference, but the costs of employees putting together the conference presentations, which is substantial. I've been in several agencies and offices within them; attended conferences and ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Travel Location First Consideration List

Issue list of U.S. locations that should be considered first when government agencies are planning for a conference, meeting and/or training. The list should focus on U.S. locations hit the hardest by our current downturn in the economy (e.g., high unemployment rates, recent loss of industry/large businesses). When face-to-face federal government meetings must occur, consideration of hard-hit U.S. locations will most ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Small things add up to large

Some of my ideas to save tax-payer dollars are as follows: At the end of every fiscal year, most if not all, federal agencies and departments have money left, often a large amount, to be spent. To beat the deadline the agencies go on a spending spree, lest they will loose money and the next year’s budget will be cut. This practice has to be stopped, as many agencies purchase items or services they may not use at all. ...more »

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Department of Education

Electronic Conferences

Each year, ED and other federal agencies spend money on conferences in Washington that cost tax payers millions of dollars. I recommend electronic conferences at all agencies to save money.

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CONSOLIDATE CONFERENCES IN DC METRO AREA

GSA should use competitive bidding to select a Washington DC metro area conference center offering the best rates for meeting space and lodging. Then, all conferences hosted by the federal government should be held at that conference center. DC-area federal employees (who are typically the majority of attendees) would therefore have no travel expense. Attendees from the rest of the country would have to travel, but ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Put Conferences Govt. Employees Attend on the Web

To eliminate travel costs and time away from the office, require that government-sponsored conferences (like yearly meetings) be accessible via the web. Some are currently done this way but often there are frustrating technical glitches. Make it easy to do the right thing.

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General Services Administration

The Train - A Smart Choice

The train is an excellent way to travel. I'm sure the vice president can attest to this. It's much more economical than flying, and today most trains are equipped with power outlets allowing one to work while riding. For short trips it also saves time, as one does not have to arrive 2 hours before boarding as is the case for flying. I suggest that for short government work related trips, where taking the train would take ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Stop Agency Conferences at Hotels/Conference Centers

Specifically address the number of Government Conferences and make them prove an ROI (not just cancel them). Each agency should give the top five agency 'conferences' that are sited at a hotel and conference center and justify the site costs, the staff time to organize the events, and the employee travel to attend.

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Department of Energy

Reduce Travel Cost through VidCons!

Telecon/VidCon. Reduce travel costs by hosting more Telecons and VideoCons. For most meetings/conferences, this system will work. The amount of travel money that could be save could be substantial.

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