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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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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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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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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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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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Department of the Interior

Travel

Allow governement travelers to use the best price available when securing flights, car rentals and lodging. GovTrip does not provide a service that is more benficial than what can be found on the open market yet we get charged a fee to use it.

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Department of Commerce

Save on Airfare: use regular commercial fares

Enhance commitment to cost efficiency in transportation of government employees and materials. Regarding the former, there appear to be many cases where commercially available airfares are significantly less expensive than corresponding “government” fares. Commercial airfares do carry with them the risk of cancellation and itinerary change penalties, but I believe a cost-benefit analysis would show significant net savings... more »

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Department of the Interior

Travel Agencies

Eliminate the requirement to use federally contracted travel booking agencies. Flight costs can be significantly lowered by having individuals use discount sites i.e. Travelocity, kayak, etc. instead of the city pair contracts. Additionally, the $6-$27 per trip cost of using the automated booking engines would also be eliminated.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Eliminate unnecessary employee and executive travel.

Eliminate employee and executive travel except where absolutely necessary. NASA has advanced teleconferencing facilities, and yet these facilities are rarely seen in use. Employees frequently travel off-site to attend meeting and functions that could be accomplished at lower cost through teleconferencing.

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Environmental Protection Agency

Stop paying fully refundable airfare!

The federal governement should stop paying for fully refundable airfare. These tickets are typically double the cost of standard airfare. It is rare that travel plans are cancelled after being scheduled. Even if flights are changed the fee is typically not more than $100.

Buying fully refundable tickets is essentially a continuous bailout to the airline companies. Very few corporations allow their employees to... more »

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Department of Energy

Enable Federal Employees To Use Lowest Available Airfares

My suggestion could result in millions of dollars in savings associated with: lower air travel costs, avoided baggage fees, and avoided charges from travel vendors for making airline reservations.

I suggest you either require (preferred) or allow travelers to search for airfares on low-cost non-contract carriers such as Southwest Airlines out of airports within a reasonable driving distance and allow them to be reimbursed... more »

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General Services Administration

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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Department of Agriculture

Stop Paying GovTrip $13.50 to Process Vouchers

Each time I travel on official business, I am charged (and later reimbursed by my agency) $13.50 to process the voucher. I am not sure where this money goes, but I assume from other posts here that it goes to a company called Northrup Grumman.

This $13.50 is in addition to $4.35 that GovTrip charges to book a flight. Again, as many other posts have indicated, GovTrip does not seem to add any value, but rather it makes... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Switch from full fare airline tickets to non-refundable tickets

Why is the government still paying for full-fare, fully-refundable tickets for official travel? I think that we could make huge savings if we were allowed to buy discounted internet fares. Even with last minute changes or cancellations (and the associated fees), it would still be a savings to switch from the current system. Below is an example for a recent trip going from Washington, DC to Geneva, Switzerland, to Bahia,... more »

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