He said his bill, co-authored by four other Republican senators, “will help prevent such egregious spending from happening in the first place while forcing agencies to disclose how much they have spent on conferences.”
The bill would prohibit any conference costing more than $500,000, limit participation at conferences held outside of the United States and require agencies to post the details of their conferences online. The White House budget office also would have to draw up new guidelines for acceptable travel expenses.
The travel industry study says the cost per participant for government conferences was far lower than at private sector conferences. Moreover, it says, canceling conferences costs more in the long run since numerous duplicate meetings must be held “at a greater net cost.”
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When conducted responsibly, federal workers who travel for conferences and meetings deliver important services and real value to our nation.”
President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association