CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 5625, Modernizing Government Travel Act, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 5625 was introduced on July 5, 2016, by Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, on September 15, 2016.
H.R. 5625 requires 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.
GSA was established by President Harry Truman on July 1, 1949, to streamline the administrative work of the federal government. GSA consolidated the National Archives Establishment, the Federal Works Agency and its Public Buildings Administration, the Bureau of Federal Supply and the Office of Contract Settlement, and the War Assets Administration into one federal agency tasked with administering supplies and providing workplaces for federal employees.
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.
According to the bill sponsor, “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. 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.”
 See GSA Website, Background and History
 See Rep. Seth Mouton Press Release, “House Committee Passes Moulton’s Bipartisan Bill to Make Government More Efficient and Save Taxpayer Dollars,” September 15, 2016.
A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate is currently not available.
For questions or further information please contact John Huston with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-5539.