Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fly America Act and Allowable Airfares - everything you need to know to avoid questioned costs in audit

This post in made possible with the kind assistance, and expert review by Krista Pages.

Just to make you all feel better about not knowing all of these answers off hand, remember this:

In order to compile this information, we have had to comb through the following sources:

  • Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
  • 2 C.F.R. 200 Uniform Guidance for Grants and Cooperative Agreements
  • USAID ADS 303 Mandatory Provisions for US Recipients
  • ADS 302 Mandatory References and Additional Help
  • The Office of International Aviation Information Blog
  • U.S. Department of State Open Skies Agreements Webpage
  • GSA Open Skies Information Page for Fly America application
  • GSA Help Desk to answer burning questions about all the “other Open Skies” nobody has an answer to
  • Department of Transportation Air Agreements Information
  • Federal Registrar for Comptroller General Notices
  • DCAA Guidance Webpages
  • Federal Travel Regulations and
  • Finally USAID Internal Policies and Internal Memos to Contracting and Agreement Officers

Just saying…. How could anyone know (or for that matter: want to know) that they have to study all these regulations just to find an answer for every question that arises about whether a certain flight will be allowed or not?  

This blog was created to show the benefit of having common information and interpretation in one place, which, if done by an official source, would be so helpful for all the stakeholders -  Auditors, Contracting Officers, Contractors, Grantees and finally tax payers – and save us all so much money and aggravation!

No pride in ownership – GSA, please take notice, you can do this for the Government wide coverage!

Anyway…. this is a very long blog post because there are a lot of frequently asked questions and we wanted to put it all in one place for ease of reference.