Department of Agriculture

GOV TRIP - Utilize Commercial Online Travel Booking - NOT GOVTRIP - AND GET COMMERCIAL FARES !

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 »

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Department of the Treasury

Combine Requests for Information to our Customers: i.e. Return Census and Tax Forms Together

The same information is often requested from multiple agencies (name, address, dependents, and income). Where possible combine forms across agencies to consolidate the requests we make of our customers. Immediate benefits will include: • Consolidate requests to our customers (in 2010 we submitted our tax and census requests within weeks of each other) • Reduce duplicate envelope cost, a more “green” approach •... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Combine Requests for Information to our Customers: i.e. Return Census and Tax Forms Together

The same information is often requested from multiple agencies (name, address, dependents, and income). Where possible combine forms across agencies to consolidate the requests we make of our customers. Immediate benefits will include: • Consolidate requests to our customers (in 2010 we submitted our tax and census requests within weeks of each other) • Reduce duplicate envelope cost, a more “green” approach •... more »

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General Services Administration

Train Locally – Use Existing FEB Training in 28 Locations Across U.S.

Large cost savings could be gained if federal leaders were encouraged to train their employees in the cities they work. Approximately 88% of the Federal Workforce is located outside of Washington D.C. This is better for the environment and will save the federal government in travel and per diem costs. Federal training already exists in 28 large cities through the Federal Executive Boards (www.Feb.Gov). FEB sponsored... more »

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Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission

Hotel costs

M/NM Mine Inspectors Travel and stay weeks at a time in multiple locations costing between $350.00 and $625.00 per inspector per week in hotel costs alone. In alot of cases the Government could rent houses in certain high travel areas for a quarter of the cost saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in hotel bills.

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Department of Defense

Purchase Plane Tickets On-line Rather than through Travel services

Allow Federal Employees who are traveling to purchase non-refundable airline tickets via online services rather than go through the Federal Travel system. Or, at least allow an opt-out of the Federal Travel system for pre-purchased airline tickets. Using the Federal "contracted carrier" system often costs the government double the price of a ticket purchased on-line, and does not allow for sale fares. Also, re-work the... more »

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National Archives and Records Administration

Allow Travel Crossing FYs to use One Authorization

Currently federal appropriations law as interpreted by GAO (GAO-04-261SP) requires separate travel authorizations for travel that cross the FY end-start (September-October). Conversely, the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA) allows agencies to contract for severable services for a period less than 12 months, regardless of the FY. Why not extend this logic and allow a single trip that starts in September and... 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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155 votes
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Department of Homeland Security

Efficient Travel

End the use of non-efficient contactors such as Fed travel who charge fees for every change made to any reservation and often book travelrs in the wrong class of service. The same government rates are available directly through the airline and the airlines do not charge additional fees when making the majority of changes to government fares.

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Department of Labor

EZ Pass

I suggest we obtain EZ Pass devices for all of our government vehicles (GOVs). We used to have EZ Passes, but they were removed from our GOVs recently due to some kind of micro-funding issue. Now employees have to pay the tolls with their own cash and submit travel vouchers for each trip, incurring an additional $5 Local Travel Claims Transaction Fee for each voucher we submit through E-Travel. Submitting travel vouchers... more »

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Legislative Branch

Government Travel Savings Idea

I suggest you change the rule for government travel to allow an employee to book a flight on an airline other than the contracted carrier or at a rate other than the government rate because that rate is always more than other listed fares. I realize that government fares are at a higher rate because they are refundable but I have traveled numerous times as a federal employee and have never changed my flight nor needed... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Travel Audits

As a long-time Gov Employee, I know that any Travel Voucher that exceeds $2500 will be audited. Unfortunately, $2500 from the 80s and 90s is not the same things as today. Most travel costs for airfare, hotel and taxis exceeds $2500 and will trigger an automatic audit. These audits were established to prevent and/or catch improper or unauthorized charges and claims for reimbursement; however, now most of these just... more »

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