I suggest you create a program that allows an individual to receive an incentive award relative to the savings they create. If an employee researches is able to officially travel with an airline that is more advantageous to the government than the contract carrier, they can submit submit what is necessary. Since there is already a government contract, it would be reasonably easy to verify. Likewise, any employee willing... more »
I suggest the travel voucher system be streamlined, by eliminating paper/hardcopy submissions. This would not only reduce the time for reimbursements to the employee, but create significant savings in the reduction of copies/faxes/mailings. The employee would be required to retain/make available all original receipts for a certain period after their submission, instead of sending to a central Finance Divisions, reducing... more »
After a recent stint at one of the FLETC, it became blatantly obvious exactly how much in government funds is wasted via the government's contracts with travel agencies such as Sato/GetThere. An attempt to book a flight from New York to Charleston, which included a layover in Georgia, netted the contracted travel agency $1299+ taxes/fees, while a direct flight could have been booked through the airline's website at $180+... more »
Why is it so difficult to get my money back through eTravel? Why is it easier to do my taxes on TurboTax than to complete the voucher on eTravel? Why does it take 4-8 hours to complete a voucher? Why are there so many bugs? Why is eTravel extremely user-UNfriendly? This isn't rocket science, and so many man-hours are completely wasted on this system. Get it fixed, or replace it.
CMS could develop a document management system called eProcure to streamline the processing of SOWs/RFPs, 393s, and vouchers. Currently, CMS employees must rely on email and “sneaker-net” to submit SOWs, RFPs, and other procurement documents to the CMS Contract Office (OAGM). In addition, CMS staff must use email and “sneaker-net” to move funding documents (e.g., 393s) from office to office during the approval process.... more »
By using an online commercial travel booking service such as Travelocity or Orbitz we could save millions - literally. By using GovTrip we are wasting millions of dollars by 1. untold employee hours (and likely the most money) wasted due to poor website application functionality, 2. not being able to book the least expensive options, 3. the cost of the application itself, 4. difficulty in processing travel vouchers after... more »