ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today issued the following statement opposing travel restrictions contained in H.R. 2061, the DATA Act from Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick.
"There is absolutely no doubt that lavish conferences, vague travel policies, and inappropriate travel expenses are a waste of our valuable tax dollars. However, H.R. 2061 goes about it the wrong way. These proposed cuts and restrictions would severely impact federal agency operations.
"If enacted, H.R. 2061 would threaten key agencies' ability to effectively operate and ultimately result in lost jobs. Use of professional travel management principles can avoid the embarrassing, expensive and indefensible costs and stories like GSA's Las Vegas scandal. Congress should mandate that the federal government should uniformly follow everyday practices adopted at thousands of U.S. companies – optimizing the use of travel dollars by effectively implementing policies that drive appropriate traveler behavior."
About the Global Business Travel Association The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world's premier business travel and meetings organization. Collectively, GBTA's 6,000-plus members manage over $340 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its network of 21,000 business and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers, with networking events, news, education & professional development, research, and advocacy. For more information, visit gbta.org