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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Legislative Branch

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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General Services Administration

Reduction of Government Travel Costs

If "price assurance" is good enough and simple enough for "orbitz.com" to administer, then it should work for us: Government Air Fares and Lodging Rates are typically negotiated. This effort is costly, unnecessary, and doesn't guarantee the lowest rate. The Government is willing to pay a fair and reasonable rate. As such, rates should be established based on the lowest historical seasonal rates and then those rates ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Use Federal Employees/Military Members to augment the Air Marshall force

Since 9/11 the US Government has been expanding the number of Air Marshalls on airline flights. I believe that there are a large number of Federal Employees/Military members that fly as part of meeting there agency/organization mission. A training program to bring the needed skills to these personnel could expand the pool of available Air Marshalls dramatically. Obviously there would need to be a rigorous testing/approval ...more »

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Department of Transportation

Better way to book travel than GovTrip

Provide better ways to arrange for travel than GovTrip. There are other options that would save more funds. Our office used to have a travel agent service before GovTrip. Their efforts saved us more than everyone's time fighting with GovTrip. Allow us to use online travel sites or set up agency agreements with one or more travel sites. Allow the traveler to use best judgement to save travel funds, then manage the ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Save by limiting TOS and hiring most qualified candidates

When hiring/filling vacant positions and a current agency employee is selected, allow that employee to stay at their current duty station or any other federal/department office or service center with sufficient connectivity (and VTC equipment if appropriate). This would not only save money from TOS and TDY travel, but this would provide continued opportunities for citizens living and contributing to the communitiies and ...more »

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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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