Earlier today, NTEU National President Tony Reardon had a call with FDA Commissioner Gottlieb to discuss the looming problem of excepted employees, such as investigators, continuing to incur travel expenses on official business but not getting paid due to the lapse in appropriations, thereby impacting their ability to pay off their government travel charge card statements in a timely fashion. The Commissioner shared NTEU’s concerns and informed Tony that they are working out a central billing process for airfare. They are also working on a process through which hotel rooms could be reserved using the government travel charge card but would be centrally billed upon checkout. Employees would present an official letter from the FDA that provides a number for the hotel to call for direct billing. As for per diem costs, the FDA is still exploring potential solutions. Continue reading “Travel Expenses Incurred by FDA Personnel During the Shutdown”
The FDA is taking steps to mitigate the potential impact of traveling personnel not being paid while continuing to incur travel expenses in connection with official travel.