OMB has reminded agencies of longstanding restrictions on the use of government aircraft that require them to “establish clear internal controls and adopt management safeguards to ensure that public resources are spent efficiently and effectively in the performance of government aircraft operations.”
“Department and agency heads are responsible for promoting strong internal stewardship policies and practices in the lifecycle of their aircraft programs, and for ensuring the integrity of their agency’s approval process for use of these aircraft in support of agency mission requirements. Agencies are encouraged to review their existing policies and ensure that the appropriate agency personnel are aware of those requirements,” says memo M-21-29.
It meanwhile canceled as “unnecessary” a 2017 memo which required specific approval by the White House chief of staff for the use of government aircraft. That memo had been issued in light of controversies over Trump administration officials using more expensive government aircraft when commercial flights were readily available.