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Legislation would restrict conference spending

Jan. 14, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
Unpack your bags. The budget bill now in Congress maintains restrictions on federal travel.
Unpack your bags. The budget bill now in Congress maintains restrictions on federal travel. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Travel and conference spending would continue to be restricted under a full-year appropriaions bill to be voted on in the House this week.

The legislation would require agencies to adhere to a 2012 Office of Management and Budget memo that cut travel spending by 30 percent from 2010 spending levels.

Agencies would have to submit reports on any conference held by an agency that costs more than $100,000 and include the number of participants, the purpose of the conference and a detailed breakdown of food and support costs.

Agencies would also have to notify its inspector general of any conference that cost more than $20,000 and provide the IG with details of the conference.

The OMB memo has already dramatically reduced conference spending.

Conference spending at four agencies fell 88 percent from fiscal 2010 to 2012, according to a report released Jan. 3 by Rep. John Mica, R-Fla.

The Defense Department, Veterans Affairs Department, the General Services Administration and the IRS spent a combined $224 million on conferences in fiscal 2010 compared to $26 million in 2012, according to the report.

Related: Read the bill.

Earlier: Conference spending drops dramatically

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