The NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) executes oversight for the Agency Travel and Fleet Card Programs by conducting liaison activities with Headquarters and the bank, providing guidance and regulatory reporting as required under the provisions of the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-123, Appendix B.
The General Services Administration (GSA) Government-wide travel card program, GSA Smart Pay, requires the employees utilize travel cards to pay for official travel expenses authorized by the Agency while in a travel status. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) utilizes JPMorgan Chase, N.A. (JPMC) as their card provider. There are two types of travel accounts and one type of fleet account executed under this program.
NASA Individually–billed accounts (IBAs): Directly utilized by employees, these instruments are issued to travelers to pay for official travel expenses such as meals, lodging and rental vehicles. In accordance with the FTR, the Government reimburses employees for authorized official expenses at the completion of their travel. Employees are responsible for prompt payment to JPMC on IBA accounts.
Tax Exempt Status: Federal government travelers using IBA Travel Cards will be exempt from state taxes only in select States.
NASA Centrally-billed accounts (CBAs): Utilized by a Center or Agency program, centrally billed travel charge card accounts are instruments specifically established for NASA and paid for by the Government directly to JPMC. CBAs are designed primarily for use in executing airline reservations.
NASA Fleet accounts: NASA provides the JPMC Fleet Card for each NASA owned vehicle in direct support for the purchase of fuel and minor maintenance. This card program offers widespread acceptance for employee drivers as well as innovative technology to assist NASA Fleet managers to control costs.