Use of Government Vehicles for Home-to-Work Transportation

NSIAD-84-27: Published: Dec 13, 1983. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 1983.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO investigated the practice by executive departments and agencies of providing home-to-work transportation to certain employees, focusing on: (1) the amounts of overtime incurred by chauffeurs and drivers and the need for it; (2) the validity of agencies' justification for such transportation; and (3) the cost effectiveness of using alternative methods of transportation.

In its study of 13 executive departments and agencies, GAO found that overtime costs were not sufficiently detailed to determine which were incurred as a result of home-to-work transportation. A prior report indicated that more officials were being provided home-to-work transportation than were authorized by law. Since that report, at least two agencies have revised chauffeur work schedules to help reduce overtime. Many of the reasons given by agencies to substantiate the provision of transportation to officials, such as personal safety, document security, workday extension, and the need for constant communication with officials, do not comply with existing law. GAO noted that proposed amendments to clarify allowable uses of Government vehicles may be submitted during the current Congress. Finally, available information indicates that the use of a chauffeur-driven Government vehicle is generally the most costly method of providing such transportation.

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