Reimbursing Employees' Government Use of Private Cellular Phones at a Flat Rate

B-287524: Oct 22, 2001

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The Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) has requested an advance decision on whether WAPA can reimburse employees for government use of personal mobile telephones at a tiered flat rate based on historical usage. GAO has no objection to WAPA reimbursing employees for government use of personal cell phones; however, without specific statutory authority, WAPA may not reimburse employees at a flat rate instead of reimbursing for actual expenses.