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.

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.



 

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