The Commonwealth of Virginia will reimburse individuals traveling on official State business for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred. Travel expense accounts are open to the public and must be able to sustain the test of public review. When planning and paying for travel, economy, prudence and necessity are of primary concern. The use of State funds to accommodate personal comfort, convenience, and taste is not permitted. It is the policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia to limit travel costs to only those expenses that are necessary for providing essential services to the Commonwealth’s citizens. Further, travelers and travel planners must seek ways to reduce the cost of essential travel. Agencies must communicate State travel policies, regulations and procedures to all employees who travel on State business. Additionally, agencies must ensure that all travel expenses conform to the State travel regulations.