Government Employee Travel Issues

This morning’s Post examines how Pentagon employees accepted travel from foreign governments and companies.

Rome, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Las Vegas were among the destinations. Travelers ranged from four-star officers – one was then-Adm. Dennis Blair, now the Obama administration’s director of national intelligence – to junior enlisted troops.

The Defense Department is allowed to accept paid travel on behalf of employees so they can attend meetings, conferences and other functions. The event must be related to an employee’s official duties and has to be beneficial to the military. Employees cannot solicit trips.

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