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Government Travel More Efficient than Private Sector Travel, Report Says

Excerpt from Politco

Jul 26, 2013 4:50 am

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This report is unlikely to quiet Congressional critics of government spending as the report acknowledges that trimming travel for employees of the federal government indeed saves money in the short-term. Congress doesn’t think beyond the short-term.

— Dennis Schaal

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A new report by a top travel industry association finds that most government travel — far from being wasteful — pays dividends for taxpayers and businesses. The study — commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association — finds that government travel is cheaper and more efficient than similar travel by private-sector employees and helps boost the productivity of private-sector firms.

Government employees spend on average $185 per day while traveling for business. Private-sector employees average about $224 per day. On the operations and logistics side, government conference organizers typically spend $173 per attendee, while private-sector functions average $339 per attendees.

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