Jefferson Travel Authorization Instructions
- All travel during your tenure requires submission of a Travel Authorization form prior to travel. Click here to access a Travel Authorization form.
- The Travel Authorization form must be signed by you and your State Department Supervisor. The Travel Authorization should be submitted 1week in advance for domestic travel and 2 weeks for international travel. International travel requires authorization from the National Academies Office of Contracts and Grants.
- A Travel Authorization form must include your full name, phone numbers, e-mail address, date of birth, gender and completed cost estimate section. Be sure to include the date(s) of travel, purpose of travel and itinerary. A Travel Authorization that is missing information will delay the approval process.
- Cost estimates should be as accurate as possible and include any expense for which you plan to request reimbursement from the National Academies. Expenses claimed on the Travel Expense Report that were not listed on the approved Travel Authorization will require justification and additional approval.
- As a Jefferson Science Fellow, all reimbursements received for lodging and meals are based on the prescribed maximum per diem rate established by the United States government. Domestic (including Hawaii, Alaska, and United States territories) per diem rates may be found at www.gsa.gov. Foreign per diem rates may be found at www.state.gov. If you have difficulty securing lodging within Per Diem, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Expenses that exceed per diem will not be reimbursed.
- Use of a rental car requires prior approval. Please include the justification for the rental car on the Travel Authorization form. When you book a rental car with Omega, it will be billed directly. By using Omega World Travel, you will automatically be insured by the National Academies. The cost of additional insurance is at your own expense.
- When personal travel is combined with official State Department travel, any change in travel cost must be documented by Omega World Travel. Any increase in travel cost, including airfare and applicable change fees, as a result of combining personal and business travel is your financial responsibility.
- The National Academies requires that you use Omega World Travel for both domestic and international travel to ensure compliance with the Fly America Act. You may contact Omega World Travel Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST at 866.740.0627 or email NAS@owt.net to make your travel arrangements.
- If you require a change in itinerary due to a missed connection, canceled flight, or other circumstance, you must contact Omega World Travel. The 24 hour toll-free number is 1-800-685-6342. Please reference ID# S-93Q0-NASAS.
- Any changes to the original Travel Authorization, including cancellations or changes to travel dates or cost estimate, should be reported to Fellowship Office Travel at 202.334.2909 or email@example.com as soon as possible.