White House Turns Toward Travel

We reported a lot in June about small efforts the White House and OMB were taking to cut costs in the government.  Now, the Obama Administration is taking a whack at travel allowances for federal employees. Citing lower costs due to the recession, they have reduced the daily allowance for hotel rooms in most major cities. The cuts average to about a 4 percent reduction.

Naturally, the hotel industry is opposed to this change, but it seems like a common sense measure, considering the lower cost of hotel rooms compared to last year. We encourage the White House to continue to find ways to make government operate more efficiently and save taxpayer money.