Department of Commerce

Save a few million on federal travel, reducing the administrative burden as we go...

i suggest you.....bring the brightest and best planning minds in government together to modify the travel system to allow federal employees to book flights directly online with air carriers. Having to book through travel agencies such as Adtrav probably cost the government untold millions of dollars every year. In addition to the $23.79 fee we occur every time we book a flight, or change a flight, we are at the mercy... more »

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Department of the Interior

Better GovTrip airfare cost comparisons.

Sumbit a work order to Northrup Grumman to program GovTrip to show comparative flights based on cost, regardless of contract carrier, limited capacity, or restrictions. 1) A huge amount a time queriing for separate results will be eliminated and 2) A decision using the fare that is "most advantageous to the government" can more easily be done.

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Department of Transportation

OpenAir: let employees/agencies find the best airline fares

I suggest federal employees be allowed to arrange their own airfare, like they're able to do for hotel reservations. After booking tickets for a recent conference, I was frustrated by the fact that the tickets I purchased through the government travel agent (ADTRAV) were about 25% more than what I could get if I booked a similar itinerary myself through either airline websites, or fare aggregators (e.g. kayak.com). I've... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Get Rid of Get There

I suggest getting rid of "GetThere" for airfare purchases. Allow personnel to purchase airfare through current online sites. These tickets can be purchased with insurance (for changes or cancellations) and are still 1/2 the price of current "GetThere" prices. Not to mention the service fee that is always added, because where I work we must contact "GetThere" personnel to actually purchase the ticket. I compared the... more »

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Department of Energy

Enable Federal Employees To Use Lowest Available Airfares

My suggestion could result in millions of dollars in savings associated with: lower air travel costs, avoided baggage fees, and avoided charges from travel vendors for making airline reservations. I suggest you either require (preferred) or allow travelers to search for airfares on low-cost non-contract carriers such as Southwest Airlines out of airports within a reasonable driving distance and allow them to be reimbursed... more »

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Department of State

Save money on official travel by allowing the booking of non refundable airplane tickets.

Stop requiring that official travel be booked via Carlson Wagonlit's E2 solutions. Also allow employees to book non refundable tickets. Even if a trip is not made the government will not loose any money. For example I will be traveling on a trip from MSY to DCA on 8/25/2010 and returning on 8/28/2010. The trip cost $1133.40 on US airways when booked via CW. The same trip, same dates to the same airport on Delta... more »

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Department of State

Save money on official travel by allowing the booking of non refundable airplane tickets.

Stop requiring that official travel be booked via Carlson Wagonlit's E2 solutions. Also allow employees to book non refundable tickets. Even if a trip is not made the government will not loose any money. For example I will be traveling on a trip from MSY to DCA on 8/25/2010 and returning on 8/28/2010. The trip cost $1133.40 on US airways when booked via CW. The same trip, same dates to the same airport on Delta... more »

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Department of State

Save money on official travel by allowing the booking of non refundable airplane tickets.

Stop requiring that official travel be booked via Carlson Wagonlit's E2 solutions. Also allow employees to book non refundable tickets. Even if a trip is not made the government will not loose any money. For example I will be traveling on a trip from MSY to DCA on 8/25/2010 and returning on 8/28/2010. The trip cost $1133.40 on US airways when booked via CW. The same trip, same dates to the same airport on Delta... more »

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Department of State

Save money on official travel by allowing the booking of non refundable airplane tickets.

Stop requiring that official travel be booked via Carlson Wagonlit's E2 solutions. Also allow employees to book non refundable tickets. Even if a trip is not made the government will not loose any money. For example I will be traveling on a trip from MSY to DCA on 8/25/2010 and returning on 8/28/2010. The trip cost $1133.40 on US airways when booked via CW. The same trip, same dates to the same airport on Delta... more »

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Department of State

Save money on official travel by allowing the booking of non refundable airplane tickets.

Stop requiring that official travel be booked via Carlson Wagonlit's E2 solutions. Also allow employees to book non refundable tickets. Even if a trip is not made the government will not loose any money. For example I will be traveling on a trip from MSY to DCA on 8/25/2010 and returning on 8/28/2010. The trip cost $1133.40 on US airways when booked via CW. The same trip, same dates to the same airport on Delta... more »

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Department of Defense

Southwest Discount AirFare for Official Travel

Allow DTS travelers to purchase a discount airline ticket for official travel, if they are willing to accpet the risks of travel being cancelled. For instance a ticket on Southwest will often be 50% less than the government ticket. If the trip is cancelled then Soutwest credits you the entire amount for future travel.

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Department of Transportation

.gov travel by air

We need a Standard Airfare amount for all .gov travel. We currently pay $1367.00 to fly 832 miles, and our sister office in NY pays $279.00 to fly to same destination, and the mileage is significantly more than ours. This proves the airfare structure charged to the government is out of control. This idea was submitted last year, and didn't even rank, however it could save taxpayers billions.

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Department of Commerce

Save on Airfare: use regular commercial fares

Enhance commitment to cost efficiency in transportation of government employees and materials. Regarding the former, there appear to be many cases where commercially available airfares are significantly less expensive than corresponding “government” fares. Commercial airfares do carry with them the risk of cancellation and itinerary change penalties, but I believe a cost-benefit analysis would show significant net savings... more »

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General Services Administration

Direct Air Flights in the Contract Carrier Program

Include direct flight options in the contract air carrier program. Currently, route winning bidders often connect through major hubs. While this appears to save the Government money, it actually can cost MORE compared to taking direct flights. When you include the value of the employee's time and mental well-being (no lost luggage, no missed connections, etc.), I think you'll find this improves our Government operations.... more »

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