Eliminating bureaucrat trips overseas to stare at... bill boards?
June 28, 2012
The House unanimously adopts Congressman Posey's amendment to the FY 2013 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill to eliminate taxpayer-funded junkets abroad for Department of Transportation bureaucrats. News reports featured the DOT's International Highway Technology Scanning Program and revealed that DOT bureaucrats went on lavish globe-trotting trips under the guise of transportation "research." While the $1.2 million program was suspended last year, there's nothing in law preventing its return.
One 17-day venture featured stops at five-star hotels and restaurants across Australia, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Great Britain. Critical research conducted by the team included an evaluation of "road furniture along rural roads" in Scotland and a review of "outdoor advertising signs in Rotterdam, Netherlands." - June 27, 2012