CBO: Proposed Bill Limits Agencies To 70% Travel Spending From 2010

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Under the proposed GSA Act of 2012, agencies would be limited to spending 70 percent of what they spent in 2010 on travel costs, according to a recent Congressional Budget Office analysis.

The bill would also obligate agencies to submit quarterly reports of travel expenses paid through federal funding between 2013 and 2017 to Congress and limit the spending for a single conference to no more than $500,000.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a markup session for the bill June 27.

ICivilian agencies spent a total of $6.5 billion for travel expenses in fiscal year 2010, according to the CBO analysis.

The bill intends to refocus funds originally appropriated for travel expenses to telecommunications and equipment upgrades.

The proposed bill would also require agencies to release presentation materials used in conferences, they attended or sponsored, for public access.

According to the CBO, implementation of the bill would have no substantial impact on the agency budget and revenue from 2013 to 2017 since it would only require minor administrative tasks on the part of agencies.

Funds will be taken from future appropriations acts if there are any adjustments regarding the cost of implementing the bill, if it becomes law, the CBO said.

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