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Official Travel

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 »

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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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Green Rooftops

I suggest creating rooftop gardens on Federal buildings. Most rooftops are ugly, empty space. Private corporations are starting to implement this idea including PNC, which created a living mural on the side on one of their buildings. City Hall in Chicago and also implemented a Green Rooftop. Only three GSA buildings currently have Green Rooftops. This idea can be implemented at any government owned facility. Divisions ...more »

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Selling old PCs to employees

When our computers at work are replaced, they typically go to a recycler which we have to pay, or they sit in warehouses collecting dust. I propose that employees should be able to buy their old work PC, and maybe a few others of workers who don't want their old PC (to some small limit like 3) at some ridiculously low price (say, $100). The computers have to be processed anyway to eliminate any confidential information ...more »

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Cut back on air conditioning

Cut back on air conditioning. Federal buildings are notoriously over-chilled. If we set the thermostate at 72 or even 70 degrees it would save money, save energy and still be comfortable indoors. Having to wear a winter sweater at my desk in July makes no sense at all! It's too cold indoors!

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Let employees use Amtrak

Govtrip should have special deals set up with Amtrak just like it does with airlines. I was travelling from Boston to DC for training this May. I wanted to take Amtrak, but this was difficult because Govtrip did not have an existing agreement with them.

 

If the government wants to save on energy, encouraging train travel in the Northeast corridor and elsewhere would be a good start.

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Business Casual Summer Dress Code + Less A/C

Why are federal employees required to wear suits and ties during the D.C. summer? The summer dress code for all federal workers should be changed to business casual [including golf shirts] and the ambient indoor temperature of office buildings should be increased to 74 degrees. Employees will be more comfortable at work and commuting on mass transit, no more complaints about overly air conditioned offices, and the government ...more »

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Replace Fax Machines with Internet Fax Service to Send & Receive Faxes via Email

Traditional fax machines are extremely wasteful. However, many employees across the government need to send and receive faxes for a variety of reasons. We should replace all fax machines with internet fax services, which provide fax-to-email and email-to-fax capabilities. That means you can receive any fax as an email (comes in just like a scanned document), or send any email or scanned document to a traditional fax ...more »

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Airline Travel: Meet or Beat Non-contract Rates

Currently, government employees can pay up to four times the average citizen for airline travel. I suggest that GSA implement a "meet or beat" government contract fares option in GovTrip. Employees will be able to search discount fare options and input those flights and the corresponding rate into GovTrip. If contract carriers match the rate, then they get the business, if not, the employee can purchase the ticket with ...more »

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Travel per diem of 40% for staying with friends and family

Allow federal workers on travel to stay with friends and family at 40% of the per diem instead of taking a hotel room at full government per diem rate. Workers on authorized travel have to chose somewhere to sleep and there is no economic incentive for them to stay with friends and family. If they received a portion of the per diem, they could decrease travel costs to the government substantially. Hotel costs often exceed ...more »

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End Royality Status for Agency Directors

Oh here's an idea just waiting for Executive approval. End the Royality status for Agency Directors. Perhaps smaller Limousines, less personal chefs, and oh let's not forget the remodeling of personal property of the Director's homes who ofcourse have to have all manner of electronic gizmo's installed upon taking the job, only to have them removed when the heyday is over and their house gets a total remodeling at Tax ...more »

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Combine telework/alternative work schedules with weekends and federal holidays

I suggest you coordinate alternative or telework work days with weekends (i.e., Friday or Monday) for major portions of employees in buildings so organizations can close entire floors, wings, or buildings thereby reducing energy requirements to unoccupied levels for extended periods. This would allow buildings to be closed for an additional 52days a year saving almost 2 months energy costs (as well as all the greenhouse ...more »

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