LAWMAKERS SEND LETTER TO TRY TO GET DEFENSE PER DIEM CUTS REVERSED - October 19, 2017
Lawmakers Urge Reversal of Defense Per Diem Cuts, Senate Debates Budget Resolution and More
By Erich Wagner, Government Executive
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is urging congressional leaders to reverse a 2014 policy reducing the per diem rates for service members and civilian Defense employees who are on extended government travel.
Implemented by the Pentagon in 2014 in an effort to cut costs, the rule has long been a sore spot for Defense personnel and members of Congress. The policy reduced long-term temporary duty travel reimbursement rates by 25 percent for travel between 31 and 180 days, and by 45 percent for trips longer than 180 days. The rates include lodging, meals and incidentals, and vary by locality.