The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is projected to save taxpayers more than $11 million through operational reforms implemented in April to reduce travel and conference costs.
A financial audit showed that since April and through the rest of the 2012 fiscal year, more than $11 million has been saved in meetings, conferences, trainings and travel costs. This is just one step in the ongoing top to bottom review of all agency operations.
“Four months ago, we began a rigorous top to bottom review of all agency operations. We’ve made significant cuts in travel and conference spending and these savings are just the beginning,” said Dan Tangherlini, GSA Acting Administrator. “We are deepening our commitment to promoting efficiency, driving steeper bargains, delivering better value, and creating greater opportunities for savings here at GSA and across the government.”
To date, GSA has cancelled 47 conferences and implemented strong oversight to ensure all travel and events are limited to necessary and essential functions. Tangherlini has consolidated oversight of conference and travel expenses in the new Office of Administrative Services. He also cut $500,000 in executive bonuses and instituted a hiring freeze across the agency through the end of the fiscal year while his review of all agency operations is underway.
The new leadership at GSA will continue to make changes to make the agency more accountable, transparent, and efficient as part of the ongoing top to bottom review.