Naval Postgraduate School federal government employees may accept travel funds from non-Federal sources to attend meetings or other functions in connection with their Government employment. An employee must receive advance approval from the NPS President prior to acceptance of a gift of travel. A fillable Application for acceptance of travel funds is located in the NPS Gift of Travel SOP. Electronic submissions are no longer authorized. Payments for travel expenses may be made in kind or if by check, must be made payable to the “U.S. Treasury.” It is preferable that applications be received at least six weeks prior to commencement of the employee’s travel. Once the travel is completed, the employee must complete sections 15-17 on the Gifts of Travel From Non-Federal Sources form with the actual expenses paid by the non-Federal entity. This form is submitted to the Staff Judge Advocate (the Legal Office) for review by the Staff Judge Advocate. If the reimbursement is by check, bring the check along with the form to the Staff Judge Advocate (the Legal Office).
You may obtain more information from the NPS Instruction 4001.1F (internal NPS access only), entitled “Acceptance of Gifts to the Naval Postgraduate School,” the local Gift of Travel SOP, or the Office of Government Ethics’ publication entitled “Gifts of Travel and Other Benefits.”
Additionally, the Office of Government Ethics’ website offers a substantial amount of information on this topic, as well as other ethics issues that confront a federal employee. Visit the OGE website.