Department of the Interior

Government-wide travel

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I recommend that we totally redesign the entire government travel system. Instead of annually establishing government per diem rates and contracting with travel agents who charge excessive fees and rarely get the best available rates offered to preferred customers, GSA should be tasked with directly negotiating government-wide contracts with airlines, major hotel chains and rental car companies that are ready and willing to establish preferred discounted rates and priority booking for flights, hotels and rental cars for all goverment travelers. The Federal government also needs to take back control of the TA and Voucher processing system from government contractors. The money that is wasted where we presently pay an outside contractor on a piecemeal basis to process and run our travel paperwork system when Federal employees do all the data entry is absolutely a waste of Federal dollars. There has to be an ability from within with all of our IT expertise to handle the administration of this very uncomplicated system and process.

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Idea No. 81