U.S. Congress is considering an across-the-board reduction in government travel, hidden in its postal reform legislation. An additional rule proposed by the General Services Administration (GSA) would eliminate per diem lodging flexibility that currently exists for travel to government conferences. So far, two industry groups have issued responses.
- U.S. Travel is working to maintain "mission-critical" travel for government employees and has sent letters to both House and Senate leaders expressing our opposition to the proposed cuts.
- The American Hotel & Lodging Association and U.S. Travel sent a joint letter stating that the GSA measure to produce artificially low lodging reimbursement rates—whether in the context of transient or conference travel—hampers the federal government's ability to send civil servants on appropriate and necessary travel.