Sending Office: Honorable Ralph Norman
Sent By:
Jake.Hilkin@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to cosponsor a bill that will save taxpayer dollars, ensure transparency within the executive branch, and prevent abuse of powers. The Formally List Your Travel Act, or the FLY Act, would require the heads of each federal agency to submit their
official travel logs to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on a more regular basis, and restricting them from flying first-class.

Starting in Fiscal Year 2019, on the first day of every month, the head of each federal agency shall submit their travel logs from the previous month to the GAO. At the end of each quarter, if no month of travel logs have been submitted, the office of the
agency head will be forced to pay an amount equal to 1% of their official budget to the Treasury. This does not affect the budgets of the overall agency, but rather the specific office of the Administrator or Secretary that failed to submit their travel logs.

Currently, federal agencies must file a report if they spend more than $5 million on travel and transportation payments. This bill will ensure that federal agencies are reporting the travel of their most senior position, on a more reliable and consistent
basis. By requiring the heads of the agencies to report their travel, those in power will be held accountable for how they utilize taxpayer dollars, encouraging them to do so efficiently and not abuse their position by going on luxurious trips.

With many in the Trump Administration being criticized for improper use of taxpayer dollars for travel, and some even resigning as a result, this is not a new issue. Many Cabinet-level officials in the Obama Administration also came under scrutiny for their
expensive travels. The FLY Act provides a solution for the problem. By ensuring that the heads of federal agencies report their travel, the American people have more transparency into how their tax dollars are being spent by high-level government officials.
While Members of Congress are not prohibited, but highly discouraged, from flying first-class, there are not disincentives or laws preventing heads of agencies and Senate-confirmed positions from doing so. Simply because they are no longer beholden to their
constituents, they must remain accountable to the taxpayer.

The FLY Act would not only provide greater transparency for the American people, prevent those in high-level positions from abusing power, but it will also save hard-earned dollars in the long run.

 

Sincerely,

Ralph Norman

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