Legislative Report Language Requires Assessment of, and Report to Congress on, Impact of Federal Travel Cutbacks
Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, today released the following statement applauding Representatives Ander Crenshaw (R-FL-4), Chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, José Serrano (D-NY-15), Ranking Member, and Sam Farr (D-CA-20) for their efforts to require the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to examine the impact of its policy to reduce federal travel spending by 30 percent below fiscal year 2010 levels. The requirement was included in the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee report accompanying the Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill.
“America’s travel community is grateful to Representatives Crenshaw, Serrano and Farr for their important work on reforming government travel policies to ensure that meetings and travel serve to make government more efficient and effective.
“Last year, the Obama Administration mandated significant cutbacks in government travel and instituted stringent guidelines to prevent unethical spending on government conferences. The action by the subcommittee to require OMB to examine the impact of these policies is a responsible approach that will help ensure that government travel policies safeguard taxpayer dollars, help accomplish agency missions and allow for mission-critical travel to take place.
“U.S. Travel urges Congress to refrain from enacting any permanent changes to government travel policy until the effectiveness of the spending cuts and more stringent oversight requirements have been carefully evaluated.
“Government meetings and travel help the government accomplish its goals while also contributing to economic growth. We are committed to working with Congress and the Administration to encourage responsible travel policies that account for the positive impact of government meetings and travel.”
Government travel and meetings have a strong record of efficiency and far-reaching value:
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