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.

Official travelEarlier 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”

Mileage Reimbursement Rate

Tony has written to GSA asking that the new gas mileage reimbursement rate be quickly implemented for federal employees.

HighwayProper reimbursement for federal employees using their privately-owned vehicles for government purposes is a high priority for NTEU. Currently, travelers are reimbursed 54.5 cents a mile. Mileage reimbursement is set by the General Services Administration (GSA) based on an annual review of costs, up to a ceiling set by the IRS for tax purposes. Continue reading “Mileage Reimbursement Rate”

HHS FY18 Travel Policy Manual Changes Update

HHS has provided NTEU with a new Article 3 notice on its proposed changes to its guidance on receipts and invoices when employees are traveling.

Person searching in a laudromatOn October 4, 2018, I shared that HHS had provided NTEU with an Article 3 notice that it planned to update three areas of the HHS Travel Policy Manual. During the briefing with NTEU, HHS decided to initially delay the implementation of the receipt and invoice guidance. HHS has now provided NTEU with a new Article 3 notice on the subject. The notice explains: Continue reading “HHS FY18 Travel Policy Manual Changes Update”