GSA Clarifies that Federal Employees May Be Reimbursed for Ride Sharing Services

By on July 28, 2016 in Current Events with 5 Comments

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The General Services Administration issued a bulletin this week clarifying the government’s policy on what services are reimbursable when traveling for official business.

“In recent years, a new kind of transportation service provider, known as Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), have begun operation across the United States and the world,” according to the bulletin. “Federal agencies may authorize and reimburse Federal travelers on TDY for use of TNCs in accordance with internal agency policy.”

The memo goes on to note, however, that the final decision on the reimbursement for TNCs is up to each individual agency.

There has been more of a push in Congress recently to make greater use of services such as Uber and Lyft. Earlier this month, for example, the Government Travel Modernization Act was introduced in the House to allow federal employees to use ride and bike sharing services when traveling for government business.

And another bill introduced in the House earlier in July would allow federal employees whose commutes are impacted by the ongoing Metro repairs in Washington, DC to apply their Metro transit benefits to other forms of transportation, namely ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

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