THE FLY AMERICA ACT SHOULD ALLOW MORE AGENCY DISCRETION IN AUTHORIZING USE OF FOREIGN-FLAG AIR CARRIERS TO CONDUCT BUSINESS OVERSEAS

A Federal statute requires Government travelers flying on official business overseas to use American-flag carriers whenever they are available. Implementing regulations defining 'availability' have given agencies little discretion in deciding when foreign carriers can be used. As a result, travel often takes longer and costs more because of the need to use American-flag carriers on indirect routes at inconvenient hours. Agencies' costs have increased while operational efficiency has decreased. One agency--the State Department--estimates its added costs at $1 million a year. Travelers must bear the financial risk for any improperly justified use of foreign carriers as measured by revenues lost to American-flag carriers. GAO concludes that agencies should have more discretion in deciding when they can use foreign carriers and recommends an amendment to the statute to modify its application on travel between cities outside the United States.

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  • Accession Number: 00190800
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: LCD-78-235 Cong Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1979 12:00AM