Conexión Del Río/Staff Report

SALEM, Mass – Congressmen Seth Moulton (D-Mass) and Will Hurd (R-Tex) responded to the Obama Administration’s announcement this week clarifying that federal agencies should reimburse federal employees who use rideshare services on official business.

The guidance comes after Moulton and Hurd introduced their bipartisan bill, the Modernizing Government Travel Act, to help solidify ridesharing and other innovative transportation services as part of the broader government transportation ecosystem. 

“As rideshare becomes increasingly important to our transportation network, the federal government should allow its workers to choose the most cost-effective option when they travel,” said Congressman Moulton. “That’s why I worked with Congressman Hurd to introduce our bipartisan Modernizing Government Travel Act in early July. I was pleased to see the Administration’s announcement this week that they will work to include rideshare services as a reimbursable travel option for federal employees, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to ensure that this much-needed policy change is solidified for future administrations.” 

“The federal government is notorious for paying more than it should for basic services, which is why Rep. Moulton and I introduced our bill to allow government employees to use ridesharing apps,” said U.S. Representative Will Hurd, who chairs the House Subcommittee on IT, and has been an advocate for modernizing federal IT and embracing new technology.

“It’s about time we catch up with the private sector and move the needle toward a more innovative and responsive government. I will continue to advocate for this legislation so that future administrations remain on the forefront of innovation,” Hurd added.

 Moulton and Hurd’s bill would give federal employees greater flexibility and choice when they travel on official business, and as a result, bring government travel into the 21st century and save taxpayer dollars.