Most DoD travelers are making profits by pocketing the difference between their Meal and Incidental Expenses (MIE) per diem and actual costs. Eliminating the MIE per diem and reimbursing travelers for only actual expenses (up to a limit) would not only save costs during travel, but would also reduce travel overall by disincentivizing people from taking unnecessary trips just to make a profit from their MIE per diems. Although this would require more receipt submissions for proof of actual costs, the savings would far outweigh this inconvenience.
Idea No. 4504