LONG-TERM TRAVEL PER DIEM CUTS RECEIVE HARSH CRITICISM - May 23, 2017
Watchdog Criticizes Process That Led to Cuts in Defense Long-Term Travel Per Diems
By Erich Wagner, Government Executive
The committee tasked with forming the Defense Departmentís travel policies did not properly vet controversial cut to per diems for long-term travel before implementing the change, the Government Accountability Office found in a new report.
The policy, denounced by Defense personnel and members of Congress since it was implemented in 2014, was part of a governmentwide effort to reduce travel costs. It cut reimbursements for long-term temporary duty travel by 25 percent for trips between 31 and 180 days, and by 45 percent for travel longer than 180 days.