Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Program Name

Public Administration

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Christi Bartman


The research paper examines the misuse of the Government Travel Charge Card (GTCC) Program in the military and the lack of leadership involvement in the GTCC process. One area of concern is that military leaders are not taking proactive steps to mitigate the problem. Research of multiple Inspector General Reports from various government agencies were used to determine if leadership involvement was evident. Leadership culpability was analyzed under the context of both leadership and ethical theories. More specifically, the research focused on transformational and transactional leadership theories in addition to utilitarian and deontological theories, which drew a more comprehensive picture of why leaders are not involved in the process and how they could employ these theories to become more proactive leaders in managing the process. The results indicated that proactive leadership would aid in mitigating the issue and that the combination of both leadership theories will enhance the leader’s ability to combat GTCC misuse in addition to fostering good ethical conduct within their organizations.



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