On Thursday, the Defense Department said that in order to blend in, special-operation forces often don the insignia of forces they accompany. On Friday, after Turkey complained, a spokesman called the action “unauthorized and inappropriate.”
The General Services Administration wants to make sure agency officials can find rules designed to hold employees accountable for first- or business-class travel.
On Friday, GSA published a Federal Register notice alerting officials to the release of the Federal Travel Regulation bulletin with pointers on documenting premium-class trips for official government business. The bulletin itself doesn't have detailed guidelines, but it tells employees where to find them.
The stricter reporting requirements came last year, in response to a 2007 Government Accountability Office (GAO-07-1268) investigation that found nearly 70 percent of federal premium-class travel was not properly authorized and/or justified.
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