House Committee Passes Moulton’s Bipartisan Bill To Make Government More Efficient And Save Taxpayer Dollars
Sep 19, 2016 08:18PM
By Theresa Gilman
Congressman Seth Moulton
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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Seth Moulton’s (D-MA) Modernizing Government Travel Act, to help solidify ridesharing options and other innovative transportation services as part of the government transportation ecosystem, unanimously passed the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The bill will now advance for a vote on the House floor. Moulton’s bill would give federal employees greater choice when they travel on official business. As a result, the bill will make government travel more efficient by reducing federal spending and saving taxpayer dollars.
“Innovative modes of transportation have improved the way we travel, and my bipartisan bill would ensure that the thousands of federal employees in Washington and Massachusetts are able to take advantage of cost-effective options like Uber, Lyft, and bikeshare for official travel,” said Moulton. “I’m grateful to the members of the committee who reviewed this bill and saw the value in this idea for the people we represent. This bill will save taxpayer money and bring innovation into how government functions.”
Moulton’s bill would require the General Services Administration (GSA) to implement regulations allowing federal employees to use alternative transportation options such as Uber, Lyft, and bike-share for official travel. The GSA Administrator would be required to submit annual reports to Congress on the implementation of these regulations and the resulting amount of government savings.
While GSA allows agencies to authorize the use of these transportation options by federal employees, it has not, nor is it required by law, to issue comprehensive guidance. Consequently, agencies and their employees may be unaware that they have these transportation options available to them for reimbursement.
The Modernizing Government Travel Act would provide greater clarity to the millions of employees serving in our federal government and encourage the use of new technology and innovation that increases efficiency and decreases costs. As we continue to find ways to bring the federal government into the 21st century, this legislation seeks to increase our engagement in the sharing economy while saving taxpayer dollars and reducing federal spending. This bill was co-introduced by Representatives Will Hurd (R-TX), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Mark Meadows (R-NC), and Cheri Bustos (D-IL).
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