The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued
the following Decisions and Opinions of the Comptroller General on August 23,
Appropriations Decisions: B-307319, National Park
Service--Special Park Use Fees, August 23, 2007
The National Park Service (NPS) may set special park
use fees based on market value when it is acting under business-type
conditions, but it may not double charge for costs by setting a two-part fee in
which one part is based on market value and the other based on costs. Both the
Independent Offices Appropriations Act (IOAA) of 1952, codified at 31 U.S.C.
sect. 9701, and section 3a of title 16 of the United States Code authorize NPS
to charge a user fee. When providing commercial goods, services, or resources,
NPS may charge a fee based on market value under the IOAA and, under section
3a, calculate its actual costs, deduct that amount from the fee collected, and
credit that amount to the current NPS appropriation. Any fees collected in
excess of costs must be deposited into the miscellaneous receipts of the
Treasury. Alternatively, NPS may choose to set special park use fees to recover
only its actual costs and retain those under section 3a.
For a more detailed analysis of OMB Circular A-25, cost
recovery and fair market value see Can Outfitting and Guiding on Public
Lands Survive OMB Circular A-25? by David Brown, Executive Director in the
America Outdoors Summer newsletter.
is high in AO's new Marketing and Management Conference scheduled for December
5-7 in Reno. Registrations are coming in every day. The agenda is posted along
with the on-line registration form. Take advantage of the early registration
savings by signing up now. Go to
New this year is a special optional seminar for
telephone reservationists presented by Signature Worldwide. Regional
training sessions were held this summer in West Virginia, Maine, and
Pennsylvania and received super reviews. This is an optional day-long in-depth
training opportunity for your telephone reservation staff. Limited space is
available, sign up early! The cost is $125 with full program registration and
$225 for a stand-alone session. Thursday December 6 from 9:00 AM to 4:00
Compendium Software has just
signed on as sponsor for the Bowling for Dough Tournament. Other sponsors
include AAMS Merchant Services for the
Opening Social, Morrison Communications
for the Mine Shaft Party, and The Schneider Group for the AO
The host hotel is the Silver Legacy Resort. Book
your room for Confluence®: AO's International Marketing and Management
Conference. Call 1-800-687-8733 and use the reservation code AMERICA. The room
block for this event is limited so book early to ensure your availability.
Airlines is offering a discount for travel to Reno. Book directly on
AA.com® and save with a 5% discount and pay
no ticketing fees. Valid travel dates: December 1, 2007 - December 10, 2007.
Use the code A94D7AJ to receive your discount.
Booth space is nearly sold out for this year's
tradeshow. International outfitters wishing to establish cooperative marketing
agreements with US based companies have a great opportunity through the
International Outfitters Bazaar. Contact Robin at