Travel reimbursement limitation removed for servicemembers

A new policy change will prevent military and civilian workers who travel for work from being responsible for out-of-pocket expenses.

The fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act overturns a 2014 Department of Defense policy that reduced the per diem reimbursement amounts for some military and civilian workers.

The three-year-old policy cut the per diem allowance for DOD employees required to travel for work between 30 and 180 days down to 75 percent of the nationally established per diem rates for travel.

For employees on work travel longer than 180 days, the per diem reimbursement rate was cut to 55 percent.

"This was a misguided attempt by the Pentagon to find cost savings at the expense of employees – mostly mid-level civilian employees outside of D.C. who frequently travel for work,” Don Hale, chairman of American Federation of Government Employees Defense Conference, said in a statement. “We thank Congress for doing the right thing and reversing these harmful and unfair cuts.

AFGE lobbied for years to overturn the rule, which resulted in a significant amount of out-of-pocket losses for employees.

Reader comments

Mon, Aug 13, 2018

Does this allow employees who were affected by the policy to make claims for prior travel? We had people who lost thousands due to confusions about what was a change of location (going underway on a ship didn't count).

Mon, Aug 13, 2018 D TN

What about Disabled Veterans traveling to and from Veterans Administration Hospital’s for service connected injuries??

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