Use of Government Vehicles for Home-to-Work Transportation

NSIAD-83-3: Published: Sep 28, 1983. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1983.

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GAO reported on various Federal agencies' use of Government automobiles and chauffeurs for transportation of Federal employees between their homes and worksites.

Federal regulations prohibit the use of Government-owned vehicles to transport Federal employees between their homes and places of employment except for heads of the cabinet-level departments and certain other specified individuals. In a decision this year, GAO recognized that many agencies were uncertain about who was authorized home-to-work transportation and GAO made it clear that, except as specifically provided by statute, home-to-work transportation may not be authorized as official business by any official. However, GAO recommended that Congress consider legislation that would relax the restrictions in special situations and expand the present exemption to include the heads of all agencies and perhaps their principal deputies. Among 13 departments, GAO found that 3 did not provide any home-to-work transportation service. The remaining 10 reported that they provided daily or occasional home-to-work transportation to senior-level officials. Of 25 officials provided daily home-to-work transportation, 5 were heads of cabinet-level departments. In addition, 42 senior-level officials occasionally received home-to-work transportation. Finally, four officials of one agency were provided Government vehicles that they used to drive between home and work on a regular basis without a chauffeur.

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