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GSA Names Travel Advisory Committee, Will Assess Per Diem Methodology

July 05, 2013 - 10:30 AM ET

By Holly Leber

The U.S. General Services Administration this week named the members of the new Governmentwide Travel Advisory Committee, charged with reviewing government travel practices and policies, addressing government travel trends and "assessing how annual adjustments are made to the Federal Per Diem rate," according to the agency.

GSA last year reportedly considered a new methodology for developing its annual per diem rate that would have significantly cut lodging per diems in major cities, but in the end made no major changes. Many government contractors are required to follow GSA's per diem rates, and some private companies also base their per diems on the government figures.

First announced in December, the committee's first meeting is set for July 30. Several corporate travel managers are among the committee's 15 members, including WellPoint manager of strategic sourcing for travel Cindy Heston, Deloitte Services LP senior manager of travel procurement Brian Nichols and two Lockheed Martin representatives, corporate travel manager Claudia Bonetti and global travel and event services manager Mark Stansbury.

The remaining members represent a mix of government officials, travel suppliers and advocacy groups. They include the U.S. Travel Association's Nan Marchand Beauvois, the state of Connecticut's Erin Choquette, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' David Flynn, National Corporate Housing's Kathy Lane, the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau's Patrick Moscaritolo, the U.S. Treasury Department's Emily Morrison, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association's Fred Schwartz, Enterprise Holdings' Brian Scott, the Society of Government Travel Professionals' Rick Singer, Marriott International's Paul Somogyi and the U.S. Department of Defense's Dane Swenson.

GTAC is part of the GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy.

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