Q & A Session – Government Travel Card Payments


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


I am a part-time federal employee who is required to have a GSA travel card. I have not been trained to do my own vouchers so I have to depend on someone in my regional office to do all reservations and arrange for payment of the card. Mistakes have previously been made that have resulted in problems with the credit card company. I have been told if the card is suspended for non-payment, I could face disciplinary actions and it could affect my credit. Is this legal?


Yes, the government can do this and expects you to pay your travel card bill. You describe mitigating circumstances that may affect whether there is discipline and how severe it is.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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