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Department of Defense

Incentivize Travelers to Save on TDY Lodging Costs

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Currently OPM per diem rates for travel (TDY) are set so that the lodging rate is a 'use it or lose it' system whereby money not spent on lodging is returned to the government. This fosters an environment where most government travelers don't spend any time looking for the best rate. In fact, in many cases the upper limit is what travelers look for so that they can maximize their frequent traveler program points.... more »

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General Services Administration

Reduction of Government Travel Costs

If "price assurance" is good enough and simple enough for "orbitz.com" to administer, then it should work for us: Government Air Fares and Lodging Rates are typically negotiated. This effort is costly, unnecessary, and doesn't guarantee the lowest rate. The Government is willing to pay a fair and reasonable rate. As such, rates should be established based on the lowest historical seasonal rates and then those rates... more »

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General Services Administration

Per Diem Savings

With the current system, employees are paid the full per diem amount regardless of whether they use all of it. Employees can make money while traveling if they eat fast food as opposed to nicer restaurants. The government could save money if they only reimbursed employees for what was used. Or, an incentive program could be instituted where employees got a percentage of what they saved the taxpayer.

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Department of the Interior

Lower Per Diem Meal Rates

I suggest you revise and lower the per diem rates for meals for government employees. As summer employees, a co-worker and I received per diem reimbursement for a week long training in Fairbanks. We each received just under $400.00! We were able to buy groceries in Alaska for a month with that money! I think that the maximum daily rates should be lowered and that government employees should be required to submit actual... more »

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Department of Defense

Option for Per diem rate advantages

Traveling on a business trip with the government can be a wonderful experience. It could also be rewarding to the government and to the person traveling. If I were to travel on a business trip, I am entitled to Hotel/Rental Car and Per diem rates. Government employees get their full Per diem regardless of whether they spend all of it or not, but when it comes to their Hotel and Rental car allowance, they are given... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Use SKYPE for traning!!

All employees should get a web cam on their desk computers or laptops. We can save money by having Trainings via SKYPE. Everything is live and will be seen by the teacher. The cost of travel, Per Diem and Logging will be saved. (All Departments)

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Office of Personnel Management

Utilize local Federal Employees in case of National Incident before Paying for Transporting other Employees from other parts of

Since the beginning of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, there has been a large movement of Federal employees to the Gulf Coast for temporary work. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (formerly Minerals Management Service) has the largest workforce of DOI employees located in the region at the New Orleans Office. Within the BOEM New Orleans office, there are at least 100 biologist, physical scientists,... more »

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Department of State

$3,196,000 savings yearly: Assign MIST/CMSE to U.S. Embassies & hire Foreign Service Nationals in Africa to augment teams

This inter-agency proposal saves $3,196,000 yearly and supports U.S. -Africa goals for economic growth and young African leader outreach.

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The Defense Department's U.S. Africa Command sends military members in teams (Civil Military Support Elements, Military Information Support Teams, and other types) to U.S. Embassies in Africa for 3-6 months at a time. These service members, non-commissioned officers (NCOs)... more »

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General Services Administration

Save travel cost by incentivizing travelers

Allow more flexibility for the traveler, within per diem, to manage their funds. A set lodging per diem only encourages the traveler to spend the max amount possible on a hotel. However, if the government was willing to split the difference between the per diem rate and hotel cost (when less than per diem), you'd find that travelers would get more thrifty with their hotel selection.

For example, if per diem is $100,... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Split Hotel Travel Per Diem Savings with Employees

Hotel per diem for federal employees on travel is a fixed, use-it-or-lose-it amount that depends on the travel location. There is absolutely no incentive for employees to stay at more reasonably-priced hotels because the government will pay only the cost of the hotel up to the maximum per diem amount. This means that travelers to Washington DC can stay at the Ritz because hotel per diem is well over $200 there.

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General Services Administration

Federal Conference Center

Establish a Federal Conference Center in a low per diem area; mandate that Executive Branch-sponsored conferences be conducted at the Center to the maximum extent feasible.

Washington, DC is a high per diem area. Average daily lodging is $210 and average Meals and Incidentals (MI) cost $71 daily, for a total cost per day of $281. Establishing a Federal Conference Center, with appropriate security infrastructure, away... more »

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