Commercial air transportation
A state employee is entitled to be reimbursed for the actual cost of commercial air transportation incurred to conduct state business. Texas Government Code Section 660.091 The reimbursement may not exceed the cost of the lowest available airfare between the employee’s designated headquarters and the employee's duty point. Texas Government Code Section 660.093
For a state employee to be reimbursed for a commercial air transportation expense, the employee must provide proof that the expense was incurred. A complete passenger receipt issued by a commercial airline company or an itinerary issued by the company or a travel agency serves this purpose.
The receipt or itinerary must include the following:
- The name of the employee and airline, and
- The ticket number, and
- The class of transportation, and
- The travel dates, and
- The amount of the airfare, and
- The origin and destination of each flight, and
- Proof of payment.
A passenger receipt or itinerary that has been altered by any person other than the entity issuing the receipt or itinerary is unacceptable. A receipt or itinerary to which additional information has been added is considered unaltered if the information does not conflict with the original information on the receipt.
If the receipt and itinerary are both unavailable, the supporting documentation must include a copy of the receipt or itinerary, the canceled check or credit card slip used to pay the transportation expense, or the credit card billing on which the transportation charges appear. If any of these alternative methods are used as supporting documentation, the above information required from the receipt or itinerary must still be included in the documentation.
- Designated Headquarters
- The area within the boundaries of the city in which a state employee's place of employment is located. If an employee's place of employment is located within an unincorporated area, then the area within a five-mile radius of the place of employment is the employee's designated headquarters. If an incorporated municipality or an unincorporated area is completely surrounded by the incorporated municipality in which an employee's place of employment is located, then the employee's designated headquarters includes the surrounded municipality or area. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(7)
- Duty Point
- The destination, other than a place of employment, to which a state employee travels to conduct official state business. If the destination is outside the employee's designated headquarters, then the duty point is either the incorporated municipality in which the destination is located or the unincorporated area within a five-mile radius of the destination. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(9)
- May Not
- A prohibition against a specified action. The term does not mean "might not" or its equivalents. Texas Government Code Section 311.016(5)
- Includes an individual, corporation, organization, government or governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, association or any other legal entity. Texas Government Code Section 311.005(2)
- State Employee
- An individual employed by a state agency, including a key official. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(20) The term includes prospective state employees and aircraft pilots.