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Defense Transportation: DOD Can Better Ensure That Federal Agencies Fully Reimburse for Using Military Aircraft

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Senior federal government officials -- including high-ranking DoD officials, cabinet members, and members of Congress -- are required or authorized to fly on military aircraft. This high-priority movement of senior government officials, known as special air missions, is accomplished with a fleet of 15 aircraft assigned to the Air Forces 89th Airlift Wing, located at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Both the Office of Management and Budget and DoD issued guidance on the management and use of these aircraft. GAO was requested to examine government officials use of military aircraft and the regulations and policies that govern such travel. GAO examined the extent to which the following have occurred 1 senior federal government officials have used military aircraft and the costs associated with this travel, and 2 agencies have followed guidance governing the use of military aircraft by senior federal government officials. GAO reviewed relevant legislation and guidance, DoDs processes, and special air mission data from fiscal years 2008 through 2012. This review does not include air travel by the President, Vice President, First Lady, and Second Lady. GAO recommends that DoD ensure that federal agencies fully reimburse for special air missions when required by developing a process to identify and track each mission, such as by mission number or another unique identifier, from billing through reimbursement for all applicable costs. In written comments on a draft of the report, DoD concurred with the recommendation.

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  • Aircraft
  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science

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