If hotel room actual expense is cheaper to book outside the government rate, incorporate that into the DTS options when creating an authorization. Often times the per diem rate is higher than the cheapest rate offered.
There is currently no incentive for an employee to stay at less expensive hotels. I propose that if an employee books a hotel that is less than the maximum allowable per diem, then the employee and the government share the savings. For example, if maximum Per Diem for San Diego is $150 a night, and the employee books a $60/night hotel, the employee is paid half of the difference ($45), and the government saves $45.
And the time spent by the traveller complaining they don't get to choose where they want to stay should be on their own... more »
I have rarely ever spent up to the M&IE rates, despite generally eating well.... more »
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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 »