I'm looking for advice on a proposed method to cut travel costs. One of
our more prolific research departments has suggested that they could
save money by establishing an 800 number so that their traveling
researchers can dial up the department and either have voice or data
connection. This would eliminate the telephone line item on expense
We like the idea, but we're concerned about two things.
1.) How can we allocate the monthly cost of the department's 800 number
to particular sponsored accounts, and
2.) should this cost be considered "travel" like normal phone calls or
"computing" because researchers will be able to use it to connect their
laptops to the department?