Uber, but for feds
- By Zach Noble
- Jul 06, 2016
A new bill would allow federal employees to expense Uber and other app-powered transportation options. Photo credit: Jeramey Lende / Shutterstock.com
A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants feds to be able to use ride-hailing and -sharing services for official government travel.
The Modernizing Government Travel Act, introduced July 5, would allow federal employees to seek reimbursement for using services such as Uber and Lyft, which connect riders with drivers via mobile apps.
The legislation also covers carpooling, bike sharing and similar services.
Crafting the specific regulations would fall to the General Services Administration, with the Administrative Office of the United States Courts responsible for developing regulations for judicial branch agencies.
GSA would also be tasked with reporting annually to Congress on any savings generated by the new rules.
The bill is sponsored by freshman Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.). Reps. Will Hurd (R-Texas), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) are among its five co-sponsors.
The bill has been referred to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on which Hurd and Meadows serve.
Zach Noble is a staff writer covering digital citizen services, workforce issues and a range of civilian federal agencies.
Before joining FCW in 2015, Noble served as assistant editor at the viral news site TheBlaze, where he wrote a mix of business, political and breaking news stories and managed weekend news coverage. He has also written for online and print publications including The Washington Free Beacon, The Santa Barbara News-Press, The Federalist and Washington Technology.
Noble is a graduate of Saint Vincent College, where he studied English, economics and mathematics.
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