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Eliminate Per Diem Allowance for Meals and Incidental Expenses

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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.... more »

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Travel savings (TDY) - Hotel Per Diem

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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.

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Per Diem only for meeting location

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Do not allow for a traveler to select a per diem location 'near' the meeting location when that selected location pays a higher per diem than the meeting location. Often travellers will select a nearby town for their hotel simply because the per diem is higher. This should be explicitly dis-allowed.

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 »

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Modifying Travel Per Diem Entitlements

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There is an average amount (or more appropriately, percentage of the maximum) employees spend on travel expenses. This amount is almost certainly extremely close to the maximum allowed (or 100%), and certainly not the minimum possible. Employees should be compensated for spending less than this average amount, for instance, 50% of the savings. As an example, if I spend $60/night at a hotel instead of the average $90/night... more »

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Reduce Excessive Travel M&IE

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As a federal employee, whenever I travel on official business, I am granted compensation for my meals and incidental expenses (M&IE) at a rate usually set by GSA, but also set by DoD or DoS in some jurisdictions. If I do not spend up to the compensation rate, I pocket any excess (untaxed I might add). At least this is how it works in DoD.

I have rarely ever spent up to the M&IE rates, despite generally eating well.... more »

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Modernizing DAU Online Course Delivery

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I have never been a fan of online courses, particularly ones where a student simply clicks through a set of slides. However, online course delivery has evolved into a format that is not only cheaper, but one which can actually provide a higher-quality learning experience than a traditional classroom.

Universities around the world are now providing virtual classrooms for their students. I encourage you to view MIT’s free... more »

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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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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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