Under pressure from federal workers, some members of Congress and travel industry groups, the Obama Administration has loosened up a bit on the severe travel spending cuts mandated in 2012. The White House Office of Management and Budget in January formerly relaxed the controls, though only slightly. Federal travel volume growth returned last year after years of reductions, according to Carlson Wagonlit Travel.
Advocates are pleased with the progress of their message: blanket spend reduction targets and additional red tape for approving conferences . . .