Showing 22 ideas for tag "per diem"

Department of Defense

Allow travelers to use homes of friends and family.

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If a traveler has a family member or knows a friend at the TDY location, allow the traveler to make arrangements to stay with them and reimburse them for 50% of the allowable per deim rate for hotel stays in that area. I frequently travel to Washington and stay overnight. The per diem rate for a hotel stay was $211 in June. If I stayed with my sister, who lives in Alexandria, I could give her $105 for each night's... more »

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Department of Defense

Incentive for Less Expensive Hotels on Travel

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The current structure does not provide any incentive for reducing travel expense by finding a hotel under the per diem rate. If the rate in a city is $90 per night but there are hotels offered for $60, the traveler would not select the lesser expensive hotel.

There should be a system in place to split the savings between both the traveler and government. 50/50 would suffice, but this could be adjusted. Using the above... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Travel Vouchers

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Some agencies do not request the actual cost of lodging and pay federal employees that travel the lodging per diem. Federal employees travelling to large cities often find loding under per diem, but have no way of reporting it so the government pays the full per diem when we could be saving thousands by paying the actual cost of lodging up to GSA per diem rates.

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Department of State

Overseas Per diem Calculations Too High

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I have stayed on official business in hotel accommodations in three countries, and I believe the perdiem amounts are too generous by at least 5-10%. Safe accommodations and food do not necessarily have to cost five-star prices. Many hotels, knowing the government rate, charge right up to the maximum. Per diems should be reviewed more frequently, and the process should be examined.

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Environmental Protection Agency

Federal employees making money off government travel

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Many federal employees make money off of government travel. Employees should be held more accountable when reporting Meals and Incidental expenses (M&IE). Many hotels offer free breakfast/lunch/dinner but employees do not report this on the travel reimbursement forms. Sometimes employees go under the per diem for meals but still claim the full per diem. This is wasting government money. Improve GovTrip to account for... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

decrease or eliminate education travel

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why do we send staff to "train the trainer" classes only to have them teach the class to staff at an offsite location in different cities? this is happening with most of the PACT training. 20-30 staff members are being sent with the "trainer" to cities that require several overnight stays, travel expense and per diem. Classes should either be conducted at the facility or at a location that does not require unnecessary... more »

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