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US government bill wants video conferencing usage to be monitored

The United States government is to debate whether or not politicians’ usage of video conferencing facilities should be monitored.

According to telepresenceoptions.com, a House Republican has introduced a bill stating that federal employees should be monitored by the White House Office of Management and Budget to ensure they are using video conferencing services as much as they can be.

The bill, named the Stay in Place, Cut the Waste Act (H.R 2643), states that video conferencing can lead to “reduced expenses and increased efficiency” and suggests that agencies should develop a plan to achieve a 50 per cent reduction in travel expenses by 2017.

It could also help the head of U.S Agencies meet their more imminent targets for overall expense reduction. This year, they are expected to reduce certain budgets by 20 per cent in comparison to the 2010 fiscal year.

A report from conferencingnews.com points out that The Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 was introduced to encourage U.S Agency Heads to establish teleworking policies amongst their staff. This new bill suggests that the Republican in question might not believe this act has been effective enough.

At the time of reporting, no hearing for the bill had been set.