Justice and Law Enforcement:

State Department's Management of Its Travel Advance Funds

T-NSIAD-88-21: Published: Apr 27, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1988.

Additional Materials:

Contact:

Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800
youngc1@gao.gov

GAO discussed the Department of State's efforts to resolve problems in its management of travel advance funds. GAO found that: (1) State did not have an effective system to monitor and report on travel advances and to collect unused travel funds; (2) State's delinquent travel advances increased from $10 million in 1985 to about $15.4 million in 1987; (3) State has collected only a small portion of overdue travel advance funds through payroll deductions; and (4) State's accounting system did not allow for computation of interest on delinquent debts. GAO also found that State: (1) provided documentation for only $42,000 of the $660,000 in write-offs in 1986; (2) exceeded its own limits for write-offs for uncollectible travel advance accounts; (3) transferred the balances of some accounts to accounts with fictitious names and social security numbers; (4) did not ensure that resigning or retiring employees had no outstanding travel advances; (5) believes that inadequate staffing and high employee turnover adversely affected its travel advance operations; and (6) did not follow government-wide standards relating to travel advances.

Dec 11, 2014

Dec 10, 2014

Nov 18, 2014

Nov 13, 2014

Oct 10, 2014

Sep 30, 2014

Sep 22, 2014

Jul 9, 2014

May 14, 2014

Looking for more? Browse all our products here