Campaign: 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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Campaign: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Have the ability to see in real time complete financial status of projects

Managing projects efficiently has been a challenge at NASA White Sands Test Facility, or WSTF because required data was scattered across various databases and often was not current. The problem was solved by interfacing the different databases and consolidating the data in one location, named the Project Lead Task Order Status Report, or PL TOSR. The PL TOSR system generates real-time spending reports and allows project ...more »

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Campaign: Legislative Branch

Excessive Fees and Charges through the Travel System

Excessive processing fees are needlessly charged and many times inflated prices for flights are billed to the federal government through the travel system. The government is charged for every voucher processed through the system. The simplest voucher that pays an employee a single per diem without hotel charges, costs the government over $13; and the travel agency did not do anything except their computer system was ...more »

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Campaign: Legislative Branch

Excessive Fees and Charges through the Travel System

Excessive processing fees are needlessly charged and many times inflated prices for flights are billed to the federal government through the travel system. The government is charged for every voucher processed through the system. The simplest voucher that pays an employee a single per diem without hotel charges, costs the government over $13; and the travel agency did not do anything except their computer system was ...more »

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Campaign: Legislative Branch

Excessive Fees and Charges through the Travel System

Excessive processing fees are needlessly charged and many times inflated prices for flights are billed to the federal government through the travel system. The government is charged for every voucher processed through the system. The simplest voucher that pays an employee a single per diem without hotel charges, costs the government over $13; and the travel agency did not do anything except their computer system was ...more »

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Campaign: 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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Campaign: Department of the Interior

Allow Gov't Employees to Find the Best Fares

I suggest we do away with what amount to government-supported monopolies and allow agencies and employees to seek out the best price for services. For instance, we could book our own travel, eliminate the middle man, and stretch our budgets further. I can understand the necessity of travel agents, but when you're forced to use them for even the simplest of things, all you're doing is adding unnecessary expense, sometimes ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Homeland Security

BALANCING LIFE AND THE MISSION: COMPRESSED SCHEDULING IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

Over the past few decades, many state and municipal law enforcement departments across the country have studied the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a compressed work schedule (CWS) for their uniformed officers and agents. “Lateral thinking,” coined by Edward de Bono (1970) is a set of approaches and techniques designed to find radically new approaches to problems - to come at them from the side rather than ...more »

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Campaign: General Services Administration

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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Campaign: Department of Agriculture

Eliminate GovTrip

I suggest that GovTrip be eliminated. Do travel authorizations and travel plans in-house. This would save $13.50 per voucher processed. it would also save time because we spend time trying to firm up reservations through GovTrip that we end up having to do on our own outside of GovTrip.

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Campaign: Department of Justice

Eliminate requirement to book travel through government contracted travel companies.

I recommend eliminating the requirement to book air travel through a government contracted travel company (Sato). I recently was required to book a flight to attend training in Huntsville, Al. The flight cost $1000 more to book through Sato than to book through a non contract internet site. Eliminating this requirement could save the government a substantial amount of money.

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Campaign: Office of Personnel Management

Go Virtual

I suggest you...have virtual meetings, trainings, and conferences. The government is notorious for feeling as though they need to see people face-to-face to get their message across. It is nice to have National Summits face-to-face, but many meetings, trainings, or conferences could be done virtually. Invest in web conferencing services such as Microsoft's Live Meeting, Cisco Systems Inc.'s WebEx Meeting Center, IBM's ...more »

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