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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Department of Health and Human Services

Share the Knowlwedge - Save the Wealth

Limit the number of employees from each agency allowed to attend the same training or conference. Require those who attended to report on what they learned, and make any electronic resources available to their co-workers to maximize the impact of the expenditure. Rotate the attendees so that the same employees are not the employees always attending training. This would save travel money, maximize the expenditure and create ...more »

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Department of Justice

Cut Travel Costs by Utilizing Web-Based Training Programs

Implement more cost-effective training requirements that are to met by each agency. For example, require agencies to utilize web-based training programs in lieu of in-person training seminars. The costs for in-person training are exponentially larger compared to the costs of conducting trainng over CENTRA or an equivalent, web-based program. Not only are the costs of travel quite large (to include airfare, hotel, ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

GOV TRIP - Utilize Commercial Online Travel Booking - NOT GOVTRIP - AND GET COMMERCIAL FARES !

By using an online commercial travel booking service such as Travelocity or Orbitz we could save millions - literally. By using GovTrip we are wasting millions of dollars by 1. untold employee hours (and likely the most money) wasted due to poor website application functionality, 2. not being able to book the least expensive options, 3. the cost of the application itself, 4. difficulty in processing travel vouchers after ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Combine Requests for Information to our Customers: i.e. Return Census and Tax Forms Together

The same information is often requested from multiple agencies (name, address, dependents, and income). Where possible combine forms across agencies to consolidate the requests we make of our customers. Immediate benefits will include: • Consolidate requests to our customers (in 2010 we submitted our tax and census requests within weeks of each other) • Reduce duplicate envelope cost, a more “green” approach • ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

Combine Requests for Information to our Customers: i.e. Return Census and Tax Forms Together

The same information is often requested from multiple agencies (name, address, dependents, and income). Where possible combine forms across agencies to consolidate the requests we make of our customers. Immediate benefits will include: • Consolidate requests to our customers (in 2010 we submitted our tax and census requests within weeks of each other) • Reduce duplicate envelope cost, a more “green” approach • ...more »

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General Services Administration

Train Locally – Use Existing FEB Training in 28 Locations Across U.S.

Large cost savings could be gained if federal leaders were encouraged to train their employees in the cities they work. Approximately 88% of the Federal Workforce is located outside of Washington D.C. This is better for the environment and will save the federal government in travel and per diem costs. Federal training already exists in 28 large cities through the Federal Executive Boards (www.Feb.Gov). FEB sponsored ...more »

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Department of Labor

Consolidate federal training institutes

Each federal agency should consolidate its training offices and institutes to reduce travel and staffing costs, and take advantage of synergies. The Dept. of Labor, for example, has separate training institutes for OSHA, MSHA, VETS, EBSA, etc. Yet many courses teach the same thing: how to investigate a claim, document a case file, establish that discrimination or retaliation has occurred, etc. The OSHA training institute ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Cross-train new hires during mandatory probation period.

Cross-training and seeing a job from a new perspective makes people more effective and efficient. Establish guidelines to cross-train people. There should be a method where a person hired to do 1 job must complete a mandatory "rotational" assignment, doing a similar or related job - or 2 jobs. For example, somebody hired to develop software can do a rotation as a software tester, and a 2nd rotation as a configuration ...more »

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Department of Defense

Process Improvement Career Path

I suggest that you change the way process improvement personnel are currently managed in the government. Instead of hiring outside contractors, or term employees, make process improvement its own job series and career path. By allowing people to advance in their career along the process improvement path, you will get the most bang for your buck. Training process improvment experts right now is not cheap, and yet we ...more »

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Department of Education

Computer Based Training Development

Computer Based Training (CBT) is often used by the government at the cost of millions in development. There are many Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) software programs that can be used to develop CBT. I suggest the government in every branch procure this inexpensive software and develop its own process driven training programs that will run on any government computer that has Flash loaded. Programs like Adobe Captivate ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Communication Training

Communication is the key to success in the workplace. I think that all employees, Federal or otherwise, that work on government projects should go through mandatory communication training. There are communication failures in the workplace-- day in and day out. These failures cost us greatly, because they require us to redo work, cause resolved and unresolved conflict, waste time and productivity having to recommmunicate ...more »

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