Justice and Law Enforcement:
[Request for Comment on Proposed Amendment to 31 U.S.C. 1344]
B-210555.11, Sep 18, 1985
GAO reviewed an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) legislative proposal for amendment to 31 U.S.C. 1344, concerning home-to-work transportation of government employees. GAO noted that present legislation limits the use of government vehicles to the President, cabinet level department heads, principal diplomatic and consular officials, medical officials, and certain employees engaged in field work. The proposed legislation provides the use of government vehicles for home-to-work transportation for up to 90 days in cases of genuine emergencies or highly unusual circumstances and on a permanent basis for a small group of agency officials who are eligible for routine transportation because of their status as head of cabinet level departments. GAO suggested that the provision be amended to: (1) set a maximum number of officials who can be authorized routine home-to-work transportation under such designation of the President; and (2) include the Commandant of the Coast Guard and the U.S. Trade Representative, members of the Senate and House of Representatives, the Architect of the Capitol, and the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court. GAO believes that the bill, if strictly enforced, would significantly reduce the numbers of employees now receiving these benefits inappropriately and result in a reduction of expenditures.