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article imageSenator Reid releases letters from federal agencies on travel Special

By Jay David Murphy     Sep 14, 2009 in Travel
In late July U.S. Senator Harry Reid sent a letter to federal government agencies expressing concerns over speculation that some agencies had placed travel restrictions to Las Vegas and Reno.
In July, there had been speculation that some government agencies were placing discriminatory travel restrictions on their departments to “resort destinations” with the brewing controversy surrounding holding conventions in Las Vegas and Reno Nevada.
Digital Journal received an email from the office of Senator Harry Reid detailing his actions to this speculation. In a letter which he sent to many governmental agencies the Senator asked for a response on the question of departments placing traveling restrictions to Las Vegas, Reno, and other places considered “resort destinations.”
Senator Reid has released the letters he has received so far in response to his letter to federal agencies regarding travel discrimination against cities known as "resort destinations."
The Senator's letter followed correspondence with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who has made it clear that there is no room in President Obama’s administration for a federal travel policy that prohibits travel to any particular U.S. city.
Senator Harry Reid had this comment in his email, “I am pleased these federal agencies understand the importance of the issue and have replied so quickly. I’m encouraged that these agencies have made it clear that their policies are in line with the administrations, that there is no restriction on travel to places like Las Vegas and Reno.”
The Senator as so far received responses from the Central Intelligence Agency, Departments of Commerce, Justice, Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, National Transportation Safety Board, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of Compliance, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Election Commission, Reserve System, and Trade Commission.
In one of the more interesting letters back to Senator Reid from the Federal Reserve System which was addressed to “Dear Mr. Leader” says, “The Travel Policy of the Board of Governors does not identify any cities or destinations as inappropriate for official travel. An employee’s division director or designee is authorized to approve a travel request, which is generally done on a case-by-case basis.” This letter is signed by Ben S. Bernanke.
In the response letter from the CIA it said, “In your letter you asked that if the CIA had any restrictions on travel to any US city, particularly Las Vegas and Reno, that the restrictions be lifted. I have confirmed that the CIA has no restriction on Agency travel to any US city, including Las Vegas and Reno.”
The CIA response was signed and sent by William C. Danvers, Director of Congressional Affairs.
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