Possible Use of Travel Agents by Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation Commission

B-201569: Published: Feb 10, 1981. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 1981.

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Comments were requested concerning the possible use of travel agents by the Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation Commission. It was believed by the Commission that they could not use a travel agent in an effort to obtain reduced travel rates in order to economize. However, GAO advised the Commission that Federal regulations contain provisions relating to the use of reduced fares offered by the carriers and by the travel agents which, in effect, constitute exceptions to the general travel agent prohibition. These Federal regulations authorize use of travel agents to arrange group or charter travel to obtain reduced fares where an administrative determination is made prior to the travel that the use of the reduced fares will result in monetary savings to the Government and will not interfere with the conduct of official business.

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