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H.R. 5625 (114th): Modernizing Government Travel Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 5, 2016 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5625

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 5, 2016

(for himself, Mr. Hurd of Texas, Mr. Swalwell of California, Mr. Issa, Mr. Meadows, and Mrs. Bustos) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

A BILL

To provide for reimbursement for the use of modern travel services by Federal employees traveling on official Government business, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Modernizing Government Travel Act.

2.

Federal employee reimbursement for use of modern travel services

(a)

In general

Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of General Services shall prescribe regulations under section 5707 of title 5, United States Code, to provide for the reimbursement for the use of a transportation network company or innovative mobility technology by any Federal employee traveling on official business under subchapter I of chapter 57 of such title, except that the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts shall prescribe such regulations with respect to employees of the judicial branch of the Government.

(b)

Report

The Administrator of General Services shall submit an annual report to Congress on the implementation of the regulations required under subsection (a), including—

(1)

with respect to the first such report submitted, a description of the regulations promulgated under such subsection, and with respect to any subsequent report, a description of any changes made to such regulations; and

(2)

the Government savings (if any) resulting from using a transportation network company or innovative mobility technology company.

(c)

Definitions

In this section—

(1)

the term innovative mobility technology company means a corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, or other entity not described under paragraph (2) that utilizes innovative mobility technologies to provide alternatives to driving alone, including car-share, bike-share, carpool or vanpool, multimodal fare payment system, app-based mobility providers, and other innovative projects; and

(2)

the term transportation network company

(A)

means a corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, or other entity that uses a digital network to connect riders to drivers affiliated with such company in order for the driver to transport the rider using the driver’s personal vehicle to a point chosen by the rider; and

(B)

does not include a shared expense carpool, a vanpool arrangement, or any other arrangement or service in which the driver receives a fee that does not exceed the driver’s cost associated with providing the ride.