April 24, 2012

ROLL CALL: n Wake of GSA Scandal, Senate Passes Agency Travel Reforms. “The measure, championed by Sen. Tom Coburn, was passed as part of a larger amendment agreement on a postal services bill and represents one of the most significant reform efforts on the issue to date. The Oklahoma Republican was able to advance the measure without a roll call vote because of newfound and widespread support for reform in the wake of a scandal involving a lavish 2010 General Services Administration conference. . . . Coburn’s measure would cap the total cost of individual events at $500,000 and slash the total amount spent on conferences annually by 20 percent. The amendment also would require government agencies to publish detailed spending reports on conferences supported or attended by those agencies every three months on their websites.”

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