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Officials Now Rarely Receive Unauthorized Home-to-work Transportation

GGD-91-27: Published: Mar 15, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1991.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on 16 federal agencies' compliance with statutory restrictions on high-level officials' use of government vehicles for home-to-work transportation.

GAO found that: (1) agencies generally complied with the restrictions on home-to-work transportation; (2) 29 of the 61 officials who were provided such transportation were authorized by law; (3) there was only one instance where an authorized official was provided with a government owned or leased vehicle with driver for routine home-to-work transportation; (4) four drivers of officials authorized to receive home-to-work transportation routinely took the cars home with them and kept them overnight; (5) 24 officials in 9 of the agencies occasionally received unauthorized transportation; (6) while all agencies maintained the required vehicle logs or other records, the extent of documentation varied; and (7) 10 of the 13 agencies did not comply with the statutory requirements to notify Congress of such authorizations.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: This was a matter for congressional consideration. To date, Congress has chosen not to act on this matter.

    Matter: The Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs' Subcommittee on Federal Services, Post Office and Civil Service may wish to monitor the development and implementation of those rules.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: On July 18, 1991, Commerce notified the designated committees of Congress that the Deputy Secretary was authorized to receive home-to-work transportation.

    Recommendation: The Secretaries of Commerce, Health and Human Services, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs and the Attorney General should promptly notify Congress that they have determined that home-to-work transportation is appropriate for their designated principal deputies.

    Agency Affected: Department of Commerce

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: On November 26, 1990, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notified the designated committees of Congress that the Deputy Secretary was being provided home-to-work transportation.

    Recommendation: The Secretaries of Commerce, Health and Human Services, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs and the Attorney General should promptly notify Congress that they have determined that home-to-work transportation is appropriate for their designated principal deputies.

    Agency Affected: Department of Health and Human Services

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Justice stated that its earlier notification, which did not include the name of the principal deputy, was sufficient to meet the requirement.

    Recommendation: The Secretaries of Commerce, Health and Human Services, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs and the Attorney General should promptly notify Congress that they have determined that home-to-work transportation is appropriate for their designated principal deputies.

    Agency Affected: Department of Justice

  4. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: On June 28, 1991, Labor reported to Congress that the position of Deputy Secretary is authorized home-to-work transportation.

    Recommendation: The Secretaries of Commerce, Health and Human Services, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs and the Attorney General should promptly notify Congress that they have determined that home-to-work transportation is appropriate for their designated principal deputies.

    Agency Affected: Department of Labor

  5. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: On June 19, 1991, Treasury notified the designated committees of Congress that the Deputy Secretary was authorized home-to-work transportation.

    Recommendation: The Secretaries of Commerce, Health and Human Services, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs and the Attorney General should promptly notify Congress that they have determined that home-to-work transportation is appropriate for their designated principal deputies.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Treasury

  6. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: On November 19, 1990, Veterans Affairs (VA) notified the designated committees of Congress that the Deputy Secretary was authorized to receive home-to-work transportation.

    Recommendation: The Secretaries of Commerce, Health and Human Services, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs and the Attorney General should promptly notify Congress that they have determined that home-to-work transportation is appropriate for their designated principal deputies.

    Agency Affected: Department of Veterans Affairs

  7. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Agriculture responded that when a new Deputy Secretary is appointed, notifications identifying this individual will be promptly sent to the designated committees.

    Recommendation: The Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, Interior, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs and the Attorney General should ensure that notifications regarding home-to-work transportation for future principal deputies are promptly submitted to the designated congressional committees.

    Agency Affected: Department of Agriculture

  8. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Commerce's response stated that notifications for future principal deputies will be transmitted promptly to the designated committees of Congress.

    Recommendation: The Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, Interior, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs and the Attorney General should ensure that notifications regarding home-to-work transportation for future principal deputies are promptly submitted to the designated congressional committees.

    Agency Affected: Department of Commerce

  9. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Energy responded that actions will be taken to ensure that all future notifications regarding the authorization of a principal deputy are promptly submitted to the appropriate congressional committees.

    Recommendation: The Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, Interior, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs and the Attorney General should ensure that notifications regarding home-to-work transportation for future principal deputies are promptly submitted to the designated congressional committees.

    Agency Affected: Department of Energy

  10. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: HHS responded that notifications regarding future principal deputies will be promptly submitted.

    Recommendation: The Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, Interior, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs and the Attorney General should ensure that notifications regarding home-to-work transportation for future principal deputies are promptly submitted to the designated congressional committees.

    Agency Affected: Department of Health and Human Services

  11. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Interior responded that it will ensure that notifications regarding home-to-work transportation for future principal deputies are promptly submitted to the designated committees.

    Recommendation: The Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, Interior, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs and the Attorney General should ensure that notifications regarding home-to-work transportation for future principal deputies are promptly submitted to the designated congressional committees.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Interior

  12. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Justice believes that its June 29, 1988, notification remains in effect for subsequent deputy attorney generals and is sufficient to meet the notification requirements.

    Recommendation: The Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, Interior, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs and the Attorney General should ensure that notifications regarding home-to-work transportation for future principal deputies are promptly submitted to the designated congressional committees.

    Agency Affected: Department of Justice

  13. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Labor responded that Congress shall be promptly notified when the deputy position is filled and the incumbent is authorized home-to-work transportation.

    Recommendation: The Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, Interior, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs and the Attorney General should ensure that notifications regarding home-to-work transportation for future principal deputies are promptly submitted to the designated congressional committees.

    Agency Affected: Department of Labor

  14. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Treasury's notification to designated committees stated that it adopted GAO recommendations and, for each future Deputy Secretary, it will notify the designated committees.

    Recommendation: The Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, Interior, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs and the Attorney General should ensure that notifications regarding home-to-work transportation for future principal deputies are promptly submitted to the designated congressional committees.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Treasury

  15. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The report got lost in the VA system. VA has received subsequent copies and will prepare its response when the report processes through its official system. VA has already submitted notifications to the designated committees.

    Recommendation: The Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, Interior, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs and the Attorney General should ensure that notifications regarding home-to-work transportation for future principal deputies are promptly submitted to the designated congressional committees.

    Agency Affected: Department of Veterans Affairs

  16. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: State responded that it had adopted controls to ensure that notifications regarding home-to-work transportation for future principal deputies are promptly submitted to the designated congressional committees.

    Recommendation: The Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, Interior, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs and the Attorney General should ensure that notifications regarding home-to-work transportation for future principal deputies are promptly submitted to the designated congressional committees.

    Agency Affected: Department of State

 

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