The Shutdown and What it Means for Business Travel


On Monday night, Federal agencies began the process of shutting down non-essential governmental operations. The length of the shutdown is unknown. In FY 1996, there were two shutdowns – one of five days and another of 21. To date, House Republicans have insisted on changes to the Affordable Care Act as a condition to continued

Signs Point to a Shutdown


Update (September 27, 4:45 p.m.) –  This afternoon, the Senate passed a 2014 continuing resolution (H J Res 59) to fund the government through November 15, at an annualized post-sequester rate of $986.3 billion (almost level with FY13). The Senate’s CR moved the end date to November 15 from December 15 and removed House language

Gridlock-nado


Earlier this week, CNN’s Jim Acosta coined the term Gridlock-nado (ala the SciFy movie Sharknado) to describe the budget mess. Just like the movie, it’s crazy-bad theatre.   The House Republicans are using this fall’s fiscal showdown to defund and delay Obamacare. They also announced plans to make a series of demands of the White

Volunteerism at Its Finest


Welcome to my first official post on the newly created GBTA blog!  This will be my main form of communication with you.  Since all of us get so many emails every day I thought it would be great to create one central place for you to be able to hear from me and others about

Moving Forward: New Leadership


In my first communication as your President, I promised open and frequent communications and to always keep you updated on the latest at GBTA. I’d like to start today by telling you about several transitions with volunteer leadership roles. ALLIED LEADERSHIP COUNCIL: The Allied Leadership Council (ALC) serves as the voice of allied members and

A Challenge Issued


I am honored to take on the role of your GBTA President and CEO, and look forward to our next steps together. As presented at Convention, our goals include: Expanding GBTA’s global outreach; Doubling our membership size from 6,000 to 12,000; and Continuing to be the leading voice in business travel everywhere! However, to accomplish

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