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Global Positioning System (GPS)
Frequently Asked Questions
Updated: 10/21/10

  1. May I be reimbursed if I accept the optional GPS on a rental car while on TDY?
  2. May the traveler be reimbursed if the AO agrees that it is cost effective in helping find locations in an unknown city?
  3. May the traveler be reimbursed if a personal or purchased GPS unit is used for official government travel?
  4. Is GPS reimbursement authorized for official PCS/PDT travel?

1. May I be reimbursed if I accept the optional GPS on a rental car while on TDY?

Yes, the AO may authorize or approve a GPS rental unit when a special conveyance/rental vehicle has been authorized/approved for official use by the AO in the government's interest. The GPS unit is not reimbursable if for personal use or while the traveler is in an administrative absence status (e.g., leave, liberty, compensatory time off, etc.).

2. May the traveler be reimbursed if the AO agrees that it is cost effective in helping find locations in an unknown city?

Yes, see the response in ´┐ŻA1' of this FAQ.

3. May the traveler be reimbursed if a personal or purchased GPS unit is used for official government travel?

No, not under any circumstances. Reimbursement for the purchase of a GPS unit is not authorized. The government is responsible for providing the necessary mission needs (e.g., lodging/meals, materiel, transportation, etc.) to the traveler when performing official business on the government's behalf.

4. Is GPS reimbursement authorized for official PCS/PDT travel?

No, a rental conveyance used for official PCS/PDT travel is a POC by JFTR/JTR, APP A definition. The traveler is reimbursed the authorized DTOD distance between the official PDSs by the applicable mileage rate and miscellaneous reimbursable expenses (e.g., tolls, etc.) per APP. G.

 

 

     
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