By Lt. j.g. Cara Steele
NSAW deputy staff judge advocate
Employees who are participating in the Mass Transportation Benefit Program are not eligible for a Washington Navy Yard parking placard. If you currently are receiving MTBP benefits and have a parking placard, you must relinquish the parking placard immediately.
What if I receive MTBP benefits, but need to occasionally drive to WNY?
There may be some days when you need to drive to WNY. Perhaps you have a doctor’s appointment or are hauling a large amount of things to work. If this is the case, you must go to the Visitor Control Center and obtain a temporary, one day parking pass. MTBP benefits users are entitled to five temporary passes per month. On days that you drive to WNY, you should ensure that you are not receiving MTBP benefits for that day.
What liability am I exposed to if I misuse MTBP?
DoDI 1000.27 states that civilian employees may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the federal service and/or criminal prosecution. Military members may be subject to administrative action and/or punitive action under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
This liability is not limited to the individual receiving MTBP benefits. Supervisors who certify that an employee is eligible for MTBP benefits may also be liable. For example, if a supervisor has knowledge that an employee is regularly driving to WNY, he or she should not continue to certify that the employee is entitled to MTBP benefits.
How can I report suspected waste, fraud, or abuse?
If you suspect waste, fraud, or abuse of MTBP, you should report the information to your command’s Inspector General. You can also report to the DoD Inspector General at 1-800-424-9098 or email@example.com.
For more information on the MTBP, visit http://www.whs.mil/mass-transportation-benefit-program.