Travel Management Change
The University is changing travel management companies, dumping FCm Travel and replacing them with Anthony Travel—a company that is supposed to have experience working with Universities.
Carrie will still be using Concur to look up flights, but because of the change in booking agent the system will be down Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 28. Carrie WILL NOT be able to book any flights during this time. The system should be back up and running correctly on Monday, April 29 and I can resume purchasing airfare at that time.
American Airlines in Stillwater
American Airlines is offering two daily flights to and from DFW. Please check the Stillwater Regional Airport web page for flight times, as they can change from Fall/Spring to Summer.
You can take the OSU Bus (blue-route) from campus to the Stillwater airport.
Mileage Reimbursement Rate Increase for Calendar Year 2020
The Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) has announced the mileage reimbursement rate for state agencies will be equal to the Internal Revenue Service rate for 2020. Effective January 1, 2020, the IRS rate is $0.575 per mile. (See Internal Revenue Notice-2020-05, released 12-31-19)
The new rate is for travel incurred on and after January 1, 2020.
Canada Travel Update
Canada is introducing a new entry requirement, known as Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for travelers who fly into Canada beginning March 15, 2016. Citizens from countries other than the United States, will need to obtain an online authorization before entering the country by air. U.S. citizens do not need an eTA or a visa, but U.S. permanent residents will need an eTA to fly to Canada.
REAL ID Extension
Oklahoma's extension for REAL ID compliance ends on September 18, 2020. Oklahoma and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) are working with a vendor to develop a system to issue REAL ID-compliant credentials, REAL ID-compliant driver's license or identification card. However, the estimated completion and implementation date of the system is April 30, 2020. There are 43 total requirements that must be met by states to be in full compliance. Oklahoma currently is in full compliance with 30 of those requirements, partial compliance with 12, and only one non-compliant. The one non-compliant is the final certification letter that the state cannot complete until it has the system in place to issue the documents.
If Oklahoma is not granted this extension, then driver's license and identification card holders will need a U.S. passport or other acceptable federal document to gain access to federal buildings and military installations, or to board commercial aircraft.
REAL ID Act
For air travel after January 1, 2016 (October 11, 2015 for Federal facilities), an Oklahoma driver's license may not be sufficient for identification, and a passport could be required. Please read this PDF document for more information.
LaGuardia Airport in New York City has started a $4-billion renovation project to completely overhaul and reconfigure the airport in 2016. The NY governor's office estimates that the facility will be open to the public in 2019 with the project completed by 2021. If you are flying out of LaGuardia, they recommend you arrive at least 2-1/2 hours before your departure due to delays caused by the construction. (For more information, click here.)