You can take the budget deficit into your own hands. There are plenty of ways to save the government money, and great ideas are just about anywhere.
Steve Kelman, a professor of public management at Harvard University, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss a simple new cost-saving idea.
Kelman, who writes a column for Federal Computer Week, said a reader provided this idea: When federal employees travel, if they’re able to find a better deal on a hotel than what the per diem rate allows for, they should be able to keep half the difference between the negotiated rate and the rate the employee pays.
In his column, Kelman said he liked this idea and others like for a number of reasons:
First, while this proposal would make only the smallest of impacts on the deficit, the cost to the government of getting these savings is zero — it’s pure deficit reduction. Second, I like the idea of putting this cost-saving activity in the hands of employees, because once they start helping save money, it gets them in the spirit to make other efforts as well.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 8-10 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006, and launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.