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Transportation
Direct payment of transportation expenses

A state agency may directly pay a commercial transportation company, a credit card issuer or a travel agency for the expense of transporting the agency’s employees. Texas Government Code Sections 660.092(c), 660.014(a)

A state agency may directly pay a commercial transportation company, a credit card issuer or a travel agency in advance of the employee’s travel if the company offers lower rates for the transportation. Texas Government Code Section 660.092(d) However, an appropriation for the current fiscal year may not be used to pay for transportation that will occur during the next fiscal year.

Note: The amount of a state agency’s direct payment of a transportation expense may not exceed the amount that would have been reimbursed to a state employee for that expense.

Commercial Transportation Company
A company or individual that transports people or goods at a cost. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(6)
Fiscal Year
The state fiscal year-end is on Aug. 31 of each year. State government appropriations conform to this fiscal year.
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)
State Agency
A unit of state government that uses appropriated funds to pay or reimburse a travel expense of a state employee. This includes the Teacher Retirement System of Texas and the Employees Retirement System of Texas. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(19)
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.
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Questions? Contact statewide.accounting@cpa.texas.gov
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