Auditing and Financial Management:
Employees' Travel Claims (NWTRB)
AIMD-96-93R: Published: May 17, 1996. Publicly Released: May 17, 1996.
The Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (NWTRB) requested GAO views on whether its two proposed changes for processing employee temporary duty travel claims conformed with GAO guidance. GAO noted that: (1) the NWTRB proposal to change the threshold for submitting receipts for expenses from $25 to $75 is acceptable as long as NWTRB implementation is consistent with General Services Administration (GSA) travel regulations; (2) GAO guidance does not specify a dollar threshold for receipt submissions; (3) GSA has granted NWTRB a waiver of the requirement to itemize expenses costing $75 or less if GAO concurs; (4) NWTRB should require travelers to itemize on their travel vouchers all expenses below the $75 threshold, since this information helps the certifying officials to determine the validity of a claim and reduces the risk of errors and irregularities going undetected; and (5) NWTRB should consider modifying existing systems to improve its travel claims processing.