Department of Defense

Do we always need to buy refundable airplane tickets?

Does the military ALWAYS have to buy fully refundable tickets, which cost more? How many commercial flights do military personnel actually end up having to cancel or change? In the grand scheme of things, we might be able to save money by buying non-refundable tickets (at least part, if not most of the time) and paying the penalties when plans change. It may seem wasteful in those individual instances to cancel or... more »

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Department of Defense

Let Military Personnel Book Their Own Travel

Last year I used the Defense Travel System (DTS) to book a flight from Washington, DC to Monterey, CA for a conference. My ticket cost us taxpayers over $2000! For that kind of money, I could have flown first class, but I ended up in coach on one of the worst seats on the plane - in the very last row of the plane, just in front of the bathroom and the galley. You know, one of the seats that don't recline. I am SURE... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Travel Requirements-US Carrier Restriction

The Fly America Act needs an overhaul. The cost of traveling to Africa and Asia on an American carrier far exceeds the benefit the act was meant to provide to the US air industry. Even purchasing codeshare flights from a US carrier sometimes ends up costing three to four times the cost of the airline ticket if purchased directly from the international carrier. As a taxpayer, I rather $800 goes to Korean Air than $3000... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Switch from full fare airline tickets to non-refundable tickets

Why is the government still paying for full-fare, fully-refundable tickets for official travel? I think that we could make huge savings if we were allowed to buy discounted internet fares. Even with last minute changes or cancellations (and the associated fees), it would still be a savings to switch from the current system. Below is an example for a recent trip going from Washington, DC to Geneva, Switzerland, to Bahia,... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Alter the GovTrip Process- Create a Travel Division

Replace Govtrip by creating a branch that specifically works on travel reservations. Currently, the government spends a ridiculous amount of money on travel. When we already have a tight travel budget, we need to make sure that we are getting the biggest bang for our buck. By creating a branch or division that works solely on travel arrangements, we will be providing jobs for more folks, while at the same time, saving... more »

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Legislative Branch

No More First Class for Executives

Stop making taxpayers pay for premium accomodations (hotel, airlines, rental cars) for traveling executives. If they want to travel in better than standard, they should pay for it with their own money, not at taxpayer expense.

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Department of the Treasury

How to $ave $Millions by Eliminating Useless Travel

I suggest all unnecessary travel stop and more use of conference calling and video conferencing encouraged. Unnecessary travel equates to approximately 60% of all travel. Ask the question, "What can I do traveling, that I cannot do at home?" The answer is, "Nothing!" In fact, a Federal worker wastes approximately 35-40% of productive time while traveling. With video conferencing, more can be accomplished than while traveling.... 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 State

Incentivize saving money while traveling at the government's expense

Currently government employees who travel on governmental funds have little incentive to save the government money; hotel rooms are rented at places that charge as close to the maximum per diem rate as possible and airline tickets are purchased through government contractors who often identify tickets that are much more expensive than what is available to consumers in the marketplace. Many of us will have to opt for... more »

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Legislative Branch

HUGE Commercial Airline Savings and Incentives

Let people book their own airline tickets for TDY travel. Right now we book refundable tickets for about 5x as much as a non refundable ticket costs. Most of the travel gets completed. There is a small amount of travel that has to get refunded. Look at the analysis of buying all non refundable travel and just sucking it up when we have to cancel. I bet it is a huge savings. You could also offer an incentive program where... more »

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