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Published on : Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today issued the following statement strongly opposing travel cuts contained in H.R. 2061, the DATA Act from Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick.
“There is absolutely no doubt that lavish conferences, vague travel policies, and inappropriate travel expenses are a waste of our valuable tax dollars. However, H.R. 2061 would arbitrarily swing an axe at 70 percent of federal agencies’ travel expenditures. These proposed cuts, on top of sequestration and the more than $4 billion in reductions previously ordered annually since 2011, would severely impact federal agency operations.”
“If enacted, H.R. 2061 would threaten key agencies’ ability to effectively operate and ultimately result in lost jobs. Use of professional travel management principles can avoid the embarrassing, expensive and indefensible costs and stories like GSA’s Las Vegas scandal. Congress should mandate that the federal government should uniformly follow everyday practices adopted at thousands of U.S. companies – optimizing the use of travel dollars by effectively implementing policies that drive appropriate traveler behavior. The short-term savings provided by H.R. 2061 aren’t worth the costs.”