Travel in the Management and Operation of Federal Programs

FPCD-77-11: Published: Mar 17, 1977. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1977.

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The nature and extent of federal travel, the reasons for the travel, and the executive branch travel policies, practices, and procedures were reviewed. A detailed review of travel was conducted at the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and some organizations within the Department of State.

The federal government spends about $2 billion each year for travel in the management and operation of federal programs. Executive program managers have the primary responsibility for assuring the most effective use of their program budgets, including the nature and extent of travel. The role of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in controlling travel has been limited to developing budgetary related questions on travel to assist agencies in conducting their own operations reviews, conducting a review of specific agency travel cases due to congressional concern, and examining amounts for travel in agency appropriation requests and apportioning funds within appropriated amounts.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: OMB and the General Services Administration should: (1) revise their guidelines to focus more specifically on each purpose of travel; (2) require agencies to revise their reporting systems and internal review and audit approaches to follow the new guidance; and (3) after implementing the revised guidelines and the reporting and review systems, assess the results.

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