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January 15, 2002



Effective December 22, 2001, Chapter 2001-380, Section 15, Laws of Florida, requires that, “Funds appropriated to state agencies which may be used for state employee travel be limited, until July 1, 2002, to travel for activities that are critical to the state agency's mission. Funds may not be used to pay for travel by state employees to foreign countries, other states, conferences, staff-training activities, or other administrative functions unless the respective agency head has determined that such activities are critical to the agency mission. Travel for law enforcement, military purposes, emergency management, and public health activities is not covered by this section. The agency head, or his or her designee, must consider teleconferencing and other forms of electronic communication to meet the needs of the proposed activity before approving mission-critical travel.”

The approval of the travel related costs by the agency head, or his or her designee, must be available to our office upon request.

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Schrader at 850-410-9323, SUNCOM 210-9323