Thursday, May 20, 2010

At Least 4.5M Carbon Emission Travels Will Be Measured by U.S. Government

A repost from the Travel Management website:

Using commercial travel spend reporting tactics proved to be "amazing" for the U.S. General Services Administration, as many federal agencies now enjoy greater transparency in the utilization of tax dollars through successful data aggregation, which also has enabled GSA to report each participating agency's travel carbon footprint, according to ...


As the world's largest travel spender, there was a lack of transparency into the spending and the utilization of our program. We didn't know who was using citypair fares, we didn't know who was using the FedRooms properties or if we were really getting a good deal," said Bristow. "Now, you can see how each of the individual travelers are traveling and how you can formulate policy based on those different types of behavior, and make those work for you in those different areas."

Since 2008, the data, about 4.5 million transactions a year, has been collected from 71 agencies and independent commissions within the federal government, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation, via 17 preferred travel management companies and the E-Gov Travel Services system. Once the agency provides all of its data, from however many streams, the tool can issue a report detailing a travel program's weaknesses and strengths about two days later.

Follow this link for more details.

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