Monday, August 24, 2009

GAO ruling on Bicycle Commuter Act

According to The Wash Cycle, the Government Accounting Office recently ruled that employees of a federal agency, the National Indian Gaming Commission, are eligible to receive the bicycle commuter benefit of $20/month:
Under the federal government's transportation fringe benefit program, as established by 5 U.S.C. sect. 7905 and Executive Order No. 13150, the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) provides monthly transit subsidies to employees who certify that they use mass transit to commute to and from work. NIGC may use its authority under 5 U.S.C. sect. 7905 to extend the program to provide a $20 cash reimbursement to those employees who commute to and from work by bicycle. If NIGC chooses to do so, NIGC should consider the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. sect. 132(f)(5), and guidance provided by the Internal Revenue Service and the Office of Management and Budget.
Many agencies have been investigating the benefit but to my knowledge, none have yet provided it to employees. The GAO ruling should settle the issue. If you are a federal employee and would like to apply for the benefit, you should be able to reference the GAO ruling to convince your employer that they can provide the benefit.


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