Governor reaffirms: Travel Authorizations subject to review process
All travel authorizations for any government employee must be approved by Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga who issued a memorandum on Wednesday reaffirming this issue. “The fundamental objective is to maximize the efficiency of our review and processing system. “Hence, I have repeatedly stressed the importance of acting promptly on matters transmitted to your agencies for your review and actions.”
The governor asked the Directors to establish internal policies to delineate the amount of time an action document is processed, with noted expectations relating to when the referenced action is released.
“These internal review and processing policies should be documented and available to the public so they know when to expect decisions on their requests. I will expect these written policies submitted to my office for my review and approval prior to official promulgation to the public,” said Governor Lolo.
He noted that some Directors have raised concerns about the amount of time the TA's sit in the governor’s office. “One of the basic factors causing this delay is attributed to your failure to adhere to our announced process connected with the transmittal of TA’s for my review.”
The governor further noted that TA requests must clearly state the purpose of the travel, the impact of the purpose on the agency's programs and direct benefits to government services to the people.
Further, TA’s are to be submitted 30 days in advance before the travel is scheduled and the proposed travel should not conflict with scheduled events which may require the traveller's presence, Lolo wrote.
"None of you have complied with these policies", the governor stated, noting he has received TA's two days before the traveler is supposed to leave.
“Therefore, all TA’s transmitted for my review and approval will automatically be sent back to your office to compel compliance if policy deviation is observed," the memo says.
Lolo writes, "Travel by Directors must be discussed in person with me, 30 days before the travel and true emergencies will be hand carried by the Director in person for discussion with the government."
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