A major portion of federal travel costs involves federal employees' travel on commercial airlines. In fiscal year 1976, for example, the federal government spent at least $470 million on airline fares alone and incurred high administrative costs for travel as well. The methods used to make airline reservations, obtain tickets, and pay for them vary by department and agency. Such discounts as excursion, group, and off-peak air fares, which are readily available and would not interfere with agency business, frequently are not used.
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