Federal Employees Can Now Officially Use Uber for Travel

Federal employees who travel for work can now officially be reimbursed for using ride sharing services under a new law that was just passed this week.

Federal employees who travel for work will be happy to know that they can now officially use ride sharing services when on official government business.

President Trump signed into law this week the Modernizing Government Travel Act (H.R. 274) which was originally introduced by Seth Moulton (D-MA).

Critics of the bill have noted that federal workers can already be reimbursed for ride sharing services, however, the new law requires the General Services Administration to make regulations clarifying that federal workers may be reimbursed for using such services. Under the terms of the new law, the GSA administrator must make such regulations within 90 days of enacting the law.

The law does not include reimbursement for shared-expense carpool or vanpool arrangements that are not intended to generate profit for the driver.

Agency heads will also be required to submit reports periodically to the Office of Management and Budget with data on total agency payments.

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