Policy on out-of-state travel
(1)It is the policy of the state that all out-of-state travel by state agency personnel shall be allowed only when the travel is essential to the normal discharge of the agency’s responsibilities. Out-of-state travel shall be conducted in the most efficient and cost-effective manner resulting in the best value to the state. The travel must comply with requirements of rules adopted under subsection (2) of this section. State agencies shall adhere to the following guidelines when using out-of-state travel:
(a)All out-of-state travel must be for official state business.
(b)Use of out-of-state travel must be related to the agency’s scope of responsibilities.
(c)Each state agency is charged with the responsibility for determining the necessity and justification for and method of travel.
(d)Each state agency shall make every effort possible to minimize employee time spent on out-of-state travel.
(2)The Oregon Department of Administrative Services shall adopt by rule standards regulating out-of-state travel including but not limited to:
(a)Limiting the number of officers and employees who may attend the same meeting;
(b)Requiring state agencies to establish practices for travel that are consistent with the agency’s resources;
(c)Requiring agencies to develop information sharing for reporting and other aspects that have benefits to more than one agency;
(d)Developing telecommunication resources to be used in lieu of travel; and
(e)Requiring agency administrators or their designees, as designated in writing, to approve out-of-state travel.
(3)As used in this section:
(a)“Official state business” means activity conducted by any agency personnel that has been authorized by that agency in support of approved state programs.
(b)“Out-of-state travel” means all travel from a point of origin in Oregon to a point of destination in another state and return therefrom. [Amended by 1993 c.750 §1; 2019 c.278 §1]
Section 292.230 — Policy on out-of-state travel; guidelines; rules,