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 »
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 »
No more travel to sit in a classroom and watch power point!!!! Have federal trainings be webinar. Eliminate the majority of travel cost M&IE, air fare as well as time helping those who do not travel with vouchers and GOVTRIP.
Here are three ideas to give an incentive to spend less on travel: 1) You can pay for the flight as usual (through a travel contractor) or you can make your own arrangements and be reimbursed 50% of the ticket price. 2) You can have the government pay for your hotel (pay using a government credit card aka travel card) or you can be reimbursed 50% of the per diem rate for the hotel if you find your own lodging. 3)... more »
This suggestion applies to the entire Federal Government, not just the Social Security Administration. The Federal Travel Regulation allows employees traveling on official business to claim a daily M&IE allowance if they travel outside their official station and are in official travel status for more than 12 hours. The M&IE allowance currently ranges from $46 - $71 depending on the location. The FTR allows employees... more »
Many agencies are still reimbursing a full Per Diem Rate plus M&IE. At other agencies, when an employee saves money by choosing less expensive lodging, the savings is split with the employee as incentive. Stop this. All travel costs should be paid for with a travel card. M&IE should only pay actual expenses. Public transportation should be used first, unless cost savings of rental cars can be shown/justified/pre-approved.... more »