White House Orders Agencies to Cut Travel, Other Expenses

President Obama signed an executive order Wednesday requiring all federal agencies to cut spending on travel and conferences to 20 percent below fiscal year 2010 levels.

The action requires agencies to devise ways to reduce government travel, primarily by relying on technological alternatives such as teleconferencing and video conferencing. Travel will be limited to circumstances when an activity can only be accomplished away from an employee’s primary office, according to a written statement from the White House.

The order encourages agencies to conduct business and host conferences in federal facilities. Obama also directed agencies to review their policies on travel associated with permanent domestic relocations of civilians for ways to save money.

Other areas affected by the executive order include spending on information technology devices for employees, printing, executive motor fleets and promotional items. Agencies’ plans for carrying out the reductions, which are scheduled to take effect in FY 2013, are due to the White House before the end of the year.

Read the story in Government Executive.


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