IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
January 10, 2017
Mr. Lee (for himself, Mr. Cassidy, Mr. Carper, Mr. Booker, and Mr. Johnson) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To provide for reimbursement for the use of modern travel services by Federal employees traveling on official Government business, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Modernizing Government Travel Act.
Federal employee reimbursement for use of modern travel services
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 company by a Federal employee traveling on official business under subchapter I of chapter 57 of such title; and
the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts shall prescribe such regulations with respect to the reimbursement of employees of the judicial branch of the Government.
In this section:
Innovative mobility technology company
innovative mobility technology company means an organization, including a corporation, limited liability company, partnership, sole proprietorship, or any other entity, that applies technology to expand and enhance available transportation choices, better manage demand for transportation services, or provide alternatives to driving alone.
Transportation network company
The term transportation network company—
means a corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, or other entity that uses a digital network to connect riders to drivers affiliated with the entity in order for the driver to transport the rider using a vehicle owned, leased, or otherwise authorized for use by the driver to a point chosen by the rider; and
does not include a shared-expense carpool or vanpool arrangement that is not intended to generate profit for the driver.
Report on transportation costs
Section 5707(c) of title 5, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
Not later than November 31 of each year, the head of each agency shall submit to the Administrator of General Services, in a format prescribed by the Administrator and approved by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget—
data on total agency payments for such items as travel and transportation of people, average costs and durations of trips, and purposes of official travel;
data on estimated total agency payments for employee relocation; and
an analysis of—
the total costs of transportation service by type; and
the total number of trips using each transportation type for purposes of official travel.
The Administrator of General Services shall make the data and analyses submitted under paragraph (1) publically available upon receipt.
Not later than January 31 of each year, the Administrator of General Services shall submit to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs of the Senate—
an examination of the data and analyses submitted under paragraph (1) for the agencies listed in section 901(b) of title 31;
a survey of such data and analyses for each agency not listed in section 901(b) of title 31; and
a description of any regulations promulgated, or changes to regulations promulgated, under this section during the previous year.