GBTA warns on US federal agency cuts

Published on : Thursday, November 21, 2013

GBTAGBTA has warned about the potential impact on business travel of a new act passing through the US Congress.


The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2013 (known as HR 2061) is a bill which is designed to make information on spending by US federal agencies more transparent.


But GBTA executive director Michael McCormick said the association was “strongly opposing travel restrictions” contained within the act.


“There is absolutely no doubt that lavish conferences, vague travel policies, and inappropriate travel expenses are a waste of our valuable tax dollars,” said McCormick.


“However, HR 2061 goes about it the wrong way. These proposed cuts and restrictions would severely impact federal agency operations.”


McCormick instead suggested that Congress “should mandate that the federal government should uniformly follow everyday practices adopted at thousands of US companies – optimising the use of travel dollars by effectively implementing policies that drive appropriate traveller behaviour”.

Source: GBTA

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