Federal Daily News
Federal agency travel down $2 billion
Federal employee travel is down a whopping $2 billion over the last two years, according to the Office of Management and Budget.
OMB Controller Danny Werfel informed lawmakers of the savings at a hearing of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee. The cost-cutting came in the wake of a much-publicized 2010 Government Services Administration conference in Las Vegas, which cost taxpayers over $820,000.
The massive savings over the ensuing months are in line with OMB guidance calling for 30 percent savings in federal travel costs.
According to a document on the committee’s website, it is also in keeping with cuts recommended by the Simpson-Bowles budget commission.
The same posting, authored by the chairman of the committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), states that federal agencies spent approximately $4.6 billion on travel so far on this fiscal year.