The U.S. Travel Association Friday praised United States Representatives Mark Amodei (R-NV) and Sam Farr (D-CA) for their legislative efforts in directing the Office of Budget Management (OMB) to examine the negative impact of government travel cutbacks and make recommendations to improve OMB’s travel policies.
Yesterday, the House Committee on Appropriations approved the FY15 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which includes U.S. Travel-supported report language that was incorporated by Representatives Amodei and Farr. The legislation pushes OMB to ensure that federal agencies do not implement so-called “blacklisting” policies and instead make conference- and travel-related decisions based on the most efficient use of resources. The anti-blacklisting language achieves the goal of a bill (H.R. 1880) sponsored by Rep. Amodei that prohibits agencies from discouraging or banning travel to certain destinations and hotel properties.
“Now is a critical time for us to have a meaningful conversation about the importance of effective and responsible government business travel,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “The language that Representatives Amodei and Farr have supported will advance the aim of productive travel and meetings by federal employees under specific guidelines.”
U.S. Travel is a founding member of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, an advocacy campaign that promotes how meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, tradeshows and exhibitions create jobs, generate economic value and drive business success across industries.
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