Use of Noncertificated Air Carriers for Foreign Travel When Certificated American Carriers Will Not Accept Foreign Currencies Made Available by Specific Appropriation Acts

B-184136: Aug 17, 1976

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A clarification of the conditions under which foreign flag air carriers may be used for Government-sponsored foreign travel was requested. Questions as to the legality of proposed expenditures submitted by an agency official other than the agency head may be decided and transmitted to the agency head as if submitted by him. Specific provisions in appropriation statutes which authorize the use of foreign currencies for projects involving foreign travel were not impliedly modified by the enactment of 49 U.S. Code 1517. Therefore, Government-sponsored travel that can be financed only with such foreign currencies may be made by noncertificated air carriers when otherwise available American-flag carriers will not accept the foreign currencies.

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