Policy of the Federal Government on Providing Parking Spaces to Employees

B-168096: Jan 5, 1973

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This decision concerns the policy of the Federal Government on providing parking spaces to its employees. The basic policy of the Government with respect to parking of its employees is that "ordinarily, it is the responsibility of the employee to furnish his own transportation to and from his place of employment or duty, and if he chooses to use his private automobile for such purposes, the Government is under no obligation to provide a parking space therefore." However, although the Government is under this general policy not required to provide parking facilities for employees, it may do so in its discretion.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has recently reviewed the entire matter of provision of parking facilities for Federal employees, and has concluded that "the Government should not assume a share of its employees commuting expenses by providing free or subsidized parking for a select group of employees when others who pay for commercial parking or use public transportation do not receive a similar benefit." OMB has therefore proposed, with respect to all Federal employee parking facilities under the jurisdiction of the executive branch (except the District of Columbia Government and the United States Postal Service), that employees allowed to utilize those facilities by required to reimburse the Government, at rates to be determined by GSA. This office has no knowledge whether the OMB proposal concerning parking will ultimately go into effect. Moreover, we would caution that it is at this point only a proposal and as such, even if ultimately adopted, may be substantially modified. If adopted in its proposal form, it would require substantial revision of the order.

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