Governmentwide Travel Management:

Views on the Proposed Travel Reform and Savings Act

T-AIMD-96-127: Published: Jul 9, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1996.

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GAO discussed the provisions of the proposed Travel Reform and Savings Act, focusing on governmentwide travel practices. GAO found that the proposed legislation would: (1) make federal travel practices more similar to private- sector practices; (2) result in significant efficiency gains and cost savings; (3) allow employees to travel without authorization documents, automate and streamline expense reporting, and use an integrated travel system; (4) establish travel data standards, assist federal agencies in their benchmarking efforts, and redesign temporary duty travel processes; (5) repeal the requirement that long-distance telephone cards be certified, require the use of a travel charge card, and reimburse employees for taxes on money received for travel expenses; (6) set allowances for seeking permanent resident quarters, temporary quarters subsistence expenses, and resident transaction expenses; (7) establish authority in paying for property management, provide employment assistance services to spouses, and transport privately owned motor vehicles; (8) pay for limited relocation allowances for employees on extended assignments; and (9) enable federal agencies to save millions of dollars in government relocation and travel costs.

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