It’s nice to know that our mid-level government employees are traveling in style. The GAO so far has uncovered $146 million in unauthorized or inappropriate air fares in the first half of 2007. The cases involve the breaking of rules such as those requiring federal employees to travel in business-class at $800 and not first-class at $6,000 and so forth, which happened 44,000 times. but the rulebreakers feel they are worth it ‘cuz their work is so important.