OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ISSUES POLICY ALLOWING FEDS TO BE REIMBURSED FOR UBER ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS - July 28, 2016
Feds Can Ride Uber on the Government's Dime, Obama Administration Decides
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
The Obama administration issued guidance on Wednesday clarifying federal agencies should reimburse employees who use ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft for any travel on official business, effective immediately.
The General Services Administration issued a bulletin on the Federal Travel Regulation, cementing a policy many -- but not all -- agencies had already installed. While each agency manages the final authorization of travel expenses based on internal policy, GSA said federal employees can use mobile ride-hailing applications -- referred to in government parlance as Transportation Network Companies -- “when it is advantageous to the government.”
GSA wrote in a fact sheet accompanying the bulletin: “The simple answer is that yes, as a federal employee traveling on official business, you can be reimbursed for rideshares in accordance with your agency procedures and local laws.”