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March 28, 2000

COMPTROLLER'S MEMORANDUM NO. 02 (1999-2000)

SUBJECT: METHOD AND CLASS OF TRAVEL


We have recently received inquiries concerning the class of travel an agency head can authorize his/her employees to use while in travel status. Upon review of Section 112.061(7), Florida Statutes, we have concluded the agency head has the authority to exercise discretion when deciding the method and class of travel used by employees in travel status.

When the class of travel approved by the agency head is other than the "most economical class of transportation", the approval must come from the agency head as defined in Section 112.061(2)(b), Florida Statutes, and may not be delegated. A letter signed by the agency head authorizing the class of travel and describing the circumstances requiring such travel shall be attached to the travel voucher.

Agency heads should consider all travel alternatives when deciding the most economical class of transportation in carrying out the business of the agency. This could include arriving a day early in lieu of incurring the higher class of airfare.

If you have any questions, please call the Bureau of Auditing at 410-9194 or Suncom 210-9194.