B-238759, Apr 13, 1990

B-238759: Apr 13, 1990

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CIVILIAN PERSONNEL - Travel - Bonuses - Acceptance - Propriety DIGEST: Presidential Exchange Executives may not personally retain frequent flyer mileage credits since their travel expenses are paid for out of appropriated funds. Therefore are the property of the government. Presidential Exchange Executives - Frequent Flyer Mileage Credits: The issue in this case is whether Presidential Exchange Executives may personally be credited with frequent flyer mileage for official travel to seminars in the United States and overseas. The President's Commission on Executive Exchange would like the Executives to receive the frequent flyer mileage for their own use since all travel expenses are paid by funds collected from participating and hosting corporations.

B-238759, Apr 13, 1990

CIVILIAN PERSONNEL - Travel - Bonuses - Acceptance - Propriety DIGEST: Presidential Exchange Executives may not personally retain frequent flyer mileage credits since their travel expenses are paid for out of appropriated funds, and therefore are the property of the government.

Presidential Exchange Executives - Frequent Flyer Mileage Credits:

The issue in this case is whether Presidential Exchange Executives may personally be credited with frequent flyer mileage for official travel to seminars in the United States and overseas. The President's Commission on Executive Exchange would like the Executives to receive the frequent flyer mileage for their own use since all travel expenses are paid by funds collected from participating and hosting corporations.

The President's Commission is partially funded from private sources and the money is paid into the Office of Personnel Management's revolving fund. 5 U.S.C. Sec. 4109(d)(1) (1988). We have held that revolving funds, including that for the President's Commission, are appropriations, and, accordingly, the legal principles governing appropriations also apply to revolving funds. President's Commission on Executive Exchange, 63 Comp.Gen. 110, 112 (1983); Edgar T. Callahan, 63 Comp.Gen. 31 (1983), aff'd, B-210657, May 25, 1984; 35 Comp.Gen. 436 (1956). Bonus coupons, tickets, and credits received by an employee as a result of trips paid for, in whole or in part, by appropriated funds are the property of the government and must be turned in to the appropriate agency official. Discount Coupons and Other Benefits, 63 Comp.Gen. 229 (1984); Henriette D. Avram, B-216822, Mar. 18, 1985.

Accordingly, since the travel expenses for the Presidential Exchange Executives are paid for out of appropriated funds, they may not personally retain the frequent flyer mileage credits.