[Question Concerning Use of Bonus Lodging Points Earned Under Travel Promotion Program]

B-215826: Jan 23, 1985

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A decision was requested as to whether a GAO employee could make personal use of non-transferable bonus lodging points he earned as a result of a combination of personal and government-funded lodging expenses incurred during travel. GAO has held that promotional gifts received in the course of official travel are the property of the government, and employees may not retain such gifts even if they are obtained through a combination of appropriated and personal funds. The fact that the bonus lodging points were non-transferable was of no consequence. Therefore, GAO found that the employee may not make use of the bonus lodging points, they are the property of the government, and they should be relinquished to an appropriate agency official.

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