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GBTA Opposes Bill That Will Impact Federal Agency Operations

November 20, 2013 Association No Comments Email Email

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today issued the following statement opposing travel restrictions 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 goes about it the wrong way. These proposed cuts and restrictions 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.”

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