WVa To Overhaul Travel System To Save Money

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- State auditor Glen Gainer says a new system to manage the travel of state workers could save West Virginia millions.

Gainer recently signed a contract with TRX Inc. of Atlanta and Databasics of Reston, Va., to provide West Virginia with a system he believes is unique among state governments.

The system will reduce paperwork by providing traveling workers with state-issued credit cards loaded with a line of credit pegged to the trip's estimated cost.

Currently, state workers pay travel costs themselves and get reimbursed.

Gainer says the state spends between $25 million and $45 million annually on travel.

But agencies have multiple ways of accounting for it, so no one knows for sure.

Gainer says the new system will also remedy that.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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