House and Senate Restrictions on Travel
Last Updated: 05/25/2010
The House and Senate rules also contain significant restrictions relating to privately-sponsored travel for Members of Congress or their staff. For instance, Members of Congress and staff are generally prohibited from accepting reimbursement from a registered lobbyist for "officially connected" travel (including meetings, speaking engagements or fact-finding trips).
As a state entity, UGA is generally exempt from the House and Senate travel restrictions. However, if UGA jointly sponsors travel with a private entity (e.g., a private university) for a Member of Congress or staff, the rules applicable to the private entity would apply to the jointly-sponsored travel. Private entities that employ or retain lobbyists may generally only provide reimbursement for "necessary" expenses (transportation, lodging and related expenses) for a one-day event, exclusive of travel time and an overnight stay. As to all privately-sponsored travel, Members of Congress or staff must also obtain written certifications from trip sponsors and furnish a copy to the Senate Ethics Committee or the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.
If you have any questions about HLOGA, the propriety of an offer of any gift, travel or support for any seminar or conference or other activity expending UGA funds to honor or recognize a covered federal official, or any question regarding whether any of your federal contacts must be reported, please contact Griff Doyle in the Office of Governmental Relations at email@example.com or (706) 542-7177.