Department of State

Reduce lodging expenses

The USG lodging allowance in many locations is very high.

When on TDY, employees should be encouraged to use a cheaper hotel and receive an incentive of 50% of the difference between the chosen hotel and the maximum per-diem.

For example: if the lodging allowance in Paris, France is $410 but the traveler is staying at a hotel charging only $300 per night, he/she will receive an incentive of $55/night.

The government still saves on lodging and the employee benefits

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Idea No. 1917