State Initiates Effort to Reduce Travel Costs

Posted: July 25, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

State agencies are being directed by Gov. Mark Warner’s office to exercise greater prudence in the area of international travel. The directive, sent to “all executive branch agency heads” from the governor’s chief of staff, William Leighty, is an attempt to reduce the amount of money spent on all travel abroad. According to Leighty, in the past year some agency heads did not adhere as well as they should to the state’s travel policy in their trips abroad.

Among the specific state guidelines outlined by Leighty are prohibiting reimbursement for future first-class travel, requiring agency heads to approve in advance all international travel by a state employee, and limiting state reimbursement to the cost of tourist/coach fare.

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