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Department of Health and Human Services

Lodging Per Diem Policy Change - Noncommericial Lodging

Lodging Per Diem Policy Change (easy to implement, immediate savings) - allow employees to file lodging claims at a significantly reduced rates (say 20-30% of lodging allowance) without receipts to encourage them to stay with family or friends instead of hotels where feasible.

Simplifies processing of travel claims (saving labor time scanning receipts, time spent on audits of receipts) and cuts down on the total cost... more »

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Social Security Administration

Lower travel expenses

I suggest the per diem rate be lowered to 60% of current MI&E. During long-term details, the MI&E drops to that rate at day 31 for the remainder of the detail. This demonstrates that detailees are able to feed themselves for a lesser amount. It will also remove the negative image of government employees eating expensive meals on the tax payer dollars.

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General Services Administration

Lower MI&E (but not lodging) rates

I suggest the MI&E rates (not lodging rates) be lowered to 60% of their current rate. In SSA, it occurs on day 31 of a long-term detail. Why does it need to be so high for days 1 - 30? This would save millions of dollars regarding sending employees to training or details. It would also diminish the current public image of government employees eating expensive meals on the tax-payer dollars. This would also encourage... more »

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Department of the Interior

Change TDY travel meals from a flat rate to actuals

Change TDY travel meals (the "M" of M&IE) from a flat rate to actuals within the per diem rate for the area (as is done with lodging). Any charges beyond the per diem rate would not be reimbursed.

 

Many travelers are very open about using M&IE per diem as a way to make money. The goverment should only be covering the cost of meals while traveling on behalf of the government.

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Executive Office of the President

Per Diem

I suggest the MI&E rates (not lodging rates) be lowered to 60% of their current rate. It currently lowers to 60% on day 31 of most long-term details. This suggests that it does not need to be so high for days 1 - 30.

This would save millions of dollars in sending employees to trainings, work groups, or details. This would also diminish the current public image of government employees eating expensive meals on the... more »

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Legislative Branch

CONSOLIDATE CONFERENCES IN DC METRO AREA

GSA should use competitive bidding to select a Washington DC metro area conference center offering the best rates for meeting space and lodging. Then, all conferences hosted by the federal government should be held at that conference center. DC-area federal employees (who are typically the majority of attendees) would therefore have no travel expense. Attendees from the rest of the country would have to travel, but... more »

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Department of State

EMPLOYEE'S CHOICE - PER DIEM or FLAT AMOUNt

I suggest that when employees are back in the US on per diem, e.g. for training, we allow them to choose between (1) per diem at the standard rate, with all the associated requirements of contracts, monthly statements, submitting vouchers, etc. and (2) a flat, no questions asked amount at a lower dollar value – say 75% of the total that you would be 'entitled' to under the standard per diem.

With the second option it's... more »

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Department of Defense

Traveler's Lodging Incentive

When most DOD personnel travel on Official Orders they get per diem. There is a maximum that is assigned to every city/location. In my experience, most people find out what the maximum lodging is and stay at the nicest hotel they can find for that amount. There is no incentive to stay at a hotel that is less expensive and be a steward for the taxpayer. Why not incentivize personnel by allowing them to select a hotel that... more »

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Legislative Branch

Saved on Hotel Cost

For the past 12 months, I have been living in hotels in the Washington, DC metro area. Since this came out of my own pocket, I wanted nice facilities, but inexpensive. Ilooked to Hotwire.com and Priceline.com for rooms. At these sites I chose an area and the minimum quality raring (3 stars +). My cost for rooms was 1/4 the allowed per diem. With a rule change for travel service provider requirements to allow the... more »

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General Services Administration

Federal Conference Center

Establish a Federal Conference Center in a low per diem area; mandate that Executive Branch-sponsored conferences be conducted at the Center to the maximum extent feasible.

Washington, DC is a high per diem area. Average daily lodging is $210 and average Meals and Incidentals (MI) cost $71 daily, for a total cost per day of $281. Establishing a Federal Conference Center, with appropriate security infrastructure, away... more »

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Department of Defense

Option for Per diem rate advantages

Traveling on a business trip with the government can be a wonderful experience. It could also be rewarding to the government and to the person traveling. If I were to travel on a business trip, I am entitled to Hotel/Rental Car and Per diem rates. Government employees get their full Per diem regardless of whether they spend all of it or not, but when it comes to their Hotel and Rental car allowance, they are given... more »

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Department of the Interior

Lower Per Diem Meal Rates

I suggest you revise and lower the per diem rates for meals for government employees. As summer employees, a co-worker and I received per diem reimbursement for a week long training in Fairbanks. We each received just under $400.00! We were able to buy groceries in Alaska for a month with that money! I think that the maximum daily rates should be lowered and that government employees should be required to submit actual... more »

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