City auditors don’t want city personnel using travel agents any more.
A report on “Training and Related Travel Expenses” presented to the City Council this week notes that six offices, including the mayor and council, used agents to make travel arrangements between May 2012 and May 2013.
City policy doesn’t specifically prohibit that, but, the report says, it shouldn’t be done because travel agencies charge for services. In the city’s cases, the cost averaged $35 per transaction.
Generally, auditors found everybody had been toeing the line, but they recommended a revision to make the policy on travel agencies clear.