Department of Defense

PCS and Housing Procedures

Housing Processes for Military Members - The DOD needs to review the housing assignment and travel policies for the service members. We waste countless thousands of dollars per year with Servicemembers and their families living in hotels at their new duty location because they can get little to no informaton and cannot add their name to the gaining installation's housing list until they get there and sign in. The amount ...more »

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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 Defense

Incentives for Shared Travel Accommodations

I have often traveled with co-workers (both military and civilian) with whom I would gladly have shared a hotel room. It would be a great idea to provide a small incentive (maybe $20/night) to travelers who volunteer to share hotel accommodations while traveling on official business (with supervisor approval, of course, and in line with organizational policies on fraternization, etc). That would result in a substantial ...more »

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Department of Defense

Official Table of Distances versus Map Quest

I suggest that the federal government use on-line map applications such as Google Maps or Mapquest to determine mileages for official travel. Currently DoD mainatins an Official Defense Table of Distances (https://dtod.sddc.army.mil/default.aspx) web site. Why should DoD duplicate something that is available for free on the internet?

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Department of the Treasury

Let Married Coworkers Share Accommodations

Let husbands and wives that are working together in the field stay in the same hotel room. Currently, it is many agencies policy to pay for two hotel rooms regardless of whether or the two employees are married and plan to stay in only one room. Agencies will pay for adjoining rooms, but that doesn’t make much financial sense. By allowing for husbands and wives to rent one room as they would like to do anyways, and not ...more »

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Department of Energy

Meetings using Technology not Travel Dollars

Technology like webinars and video conferences must be implemented into the federal governmet. These tools allow the amount federal workers travel to significantly decrease. Travel is a very costly part of the federal budget. Many of these types of services, like video conference calling, are at federal sites however they do not seem to be preferred. If a meeting can take place via video or web and have the same productivity ...more »

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Department of Defense

Enforcement of use of Govt Lodging in DTS

I suggest the Defense Travel System (DTS) be fixed to enforce use of government lodging as primary lodging source for all Mil/Civ/CTR personnel traveling under orders and allow non-govt lodging ONLY in the case of a non-availability. DTS currently does not give the ability to do this.

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Department of Agriculture

Saving millions on emergency travel

I suggest the federal government look seriously at how we make emergency travel for wildfire fire fighters and other emergency responders. For the last 7 years I worked out of the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center as the Lead Dispatcher. It was not uncommon to make $250,000 worth of one way flights per month for MN folks leaving the state to assist in other parts of the US. The procedure was to make every flight reservation, ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Travel Savings

There are times when traveling on official business that business class travel saves the tax payers money. For example, when traveling out of Europe to Africa, a technician may carry tools, test equipment, and luggage. Tourist class tickets (required by OMB) include 20Kg of luggage. Business class includes 30Kg. The traveler has 30 Kg of luggage. The cost of 10Kg overweight for tourist class is more than the cost ...more »

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Revist the prison island solution as it worked with Australia. We could use Mars.

Australia is a unique among the nations of the world because it originated as a prison island. In the 17th and 18th century the British took their common criminals and other prisoners halfway across the world to Australia. There they would leave them with some supplies, and the prisoners, all alone, began to cultivate the island. Also many of the prisoners became shepherds. They began to raise many, many sheep. Sheep ...more »

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Department of Defense

Incentivize Travelers to Save on TDY Lodging Costs

ISSUE Currently OPM per diem rates for travel (TDY) are set so that the lodging rate is a 'use it or lose it' system whereby money not spent on lodging is returned to the government. This fosters an environment where most government travelers don't spend any time looking for the best rate. In fact, in many cases the upper limit is what travelers look for so that they can maximize their frequent traveler program points. ...more »

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Department of Transportation

Air Traffic Control

There are large expenses in maintaining air traffic control towers - hvac, facilities, engine generators, etc. Also, air traffic controllers are paid high salaries. NATCA would like you to think they are suffering and poor, but the public is not that ignorant. With today's high speed technology and redundancy capabilities, it is possible to simply have a few poles with video cameras placed around the airport, instead ...more »

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