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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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

TDY lodging savings shared with the employee.

While employees are TDY, reward their thriftiness by splitting the saving obtained by staying at cheaper lodging locations. It is a win win for the government and the employee. Example, Lodging rate for area is $100. Cheaper rate found at $80. Government saves $10. Employee receives $10. Hotel would have to meet certain government standards and would be on a approved hotel chain list. Local mom/pop hotels would have... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Travel Gain Sharing

Federal employees/contractors travel all the time, both domestically and internationally. Depending on where a U.S. Government employee travels, he or she is entitled to a certain amount of lodging expense. In order to save money, I suggest if an employee stays at a cheaper hotel than she is entitled to, she is paid 50% of the savings upon filing her travel voucher. For example, if she is entitled by regulation to... more »

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Department of Transportation

Reduce Government Employee Travel Costs

Description: Thirty percent of the states allow Hotel Tax Exemptions for Federal employees on official travel. To obtain the exemption, the employee submits a form to the hotel at check-in. The Office of Aerospace Medicine (AAM) discovered many employees were not taking advantage of this opportunity. As a cost savings initiative, AAM developed and implemented a process for employees to use the GSA hotel tax exemption... more »

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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

CONSOLIDATE CONFERENCES IN DC METRO AREA

GSA should use competitive bidding to select a Washington DC metro area conference center offering the best rates for meeting space and lodging. Then, all conferences hosted by the federal government should be held at that conference center. DC-area federal employees (who are typically the majority of attendees) would therefore have no travel expense. Attendees from the rest of the country would have to travel, but... more »

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US Agency for International Development

Create a Smarter Per Diem System

Currently there is no incentive for government employees or contractors to save the government money while traveling. Why stay at a hostel or with a friend when the maximum lodging rate can purchase a very comfortable room. A smarter system would be for the traveler to receive half of the amount that he/she saves the government. For example, the maximum lodging rate in London is $260/night. If the traveler stays in... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Lodging Per Diem Policy Change - Noncommericial Lodging

Lodging Per Diem Policy Change (easy to implement, immediate savings) - allow employees to file lodging claims at a significantly reduced rates (say 20-30% of lodging allowance) without receipts to encourage them to stay with family or friends instead of hotels where feasible. Simplifies processing of travel claims (saving labor time scanning receipts, time spent on audits of receipts) and cuts down on the total cost... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

All travelers use available Gov't housing/lodging

It is already paid and may be vacant at times of travel needs; i.e. military base lodging or quarters (HUD apartments aren't furnished per comment). It could be mandated in policy to be made available and searched via web by every agency. It would come save millions in travel costs to every agency while utilizing available space.

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Department of State

Share the Savings for Lodging

For Agencies that reimburse actual lodging expenses: An immediate way to save on travel expenses is to incentivize employees to utilize lodging below the GSA per diem rates. Under this plan, if individuals choose to stay in a less expensive hotel than the local per diem rate, they will retain a percentage (~50%) of the difference between the actual rate and the local per diem rate. This plan empowers individuals to... more »

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