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Congressman Eric Swalwell

Representing the 15th District of California

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Sharing Economy Co-chairs Urge Expanded Federal Use of Ride-sharing Services

February 12, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – House Sharing Economy Caucus co-chairs Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) sent a letter urging the General Services Administration (GSA) to issue guidance to federal agencies that employees’ use of transportation network companies (TNCs) is a permitted, reimbursable expense, and should be encouraged.

“In just a few short years, ride-sharing companies have revolutionized the way we travel,” Swalwell said. “GSA should make clear that federal employees can be reimbursed for these services while on official business. Ride-sharing companies are often a more efficient and less expensive way to travel. A little GSA guidance would go a long way toward getting all agencies on board with the future of local transportation.”

“The federal government should embrace what consumers already have -- the use of ride sharing services,” Issa said.  “In many cases it will save a traveler time and money, making it a common sense choice the GSA should allow for government business travel.”

GSA, the federal government’s procurement agency, also is responsible for setting travel policies. It already lets federal employees be reimbursed for using transportation network companies for official travel, but many agencies may not be aware of that.

In their letter, Swalwell and Issa noted state governments already have had success with this – a recently enacted California law officially authorizes state employees on official business to be reimbursed for such travel. “As TNCs become an increasingly important part of our transportation landscape, it is important that the federal government keep pace with these developments,” they wrote.

The letter can be viewed here.