Per diem BS

Not only did the WV Legislature vote itself a pay raise, it also increased it’s per diem allowance (travel and meal expenses) retroactively. While the pay raise kicks in next session, they’ll be getting back pay on the per diem to the start of the session.

I wonder how many take the full amount per day, because that’s not the way it’s supposed to work.

According to the travel regs:

5.1.1 Allowable reimbursement for lodging shall include the actual expenses for overnight accommodations and all applicable taxes and surcharges.

6.1 Meal expense reimbursement is limited to actual expenses for food, service and gratuities, not to exceed the Authorized Daily Rates as established by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Specifically excluded are alcoholic beverages and entertainment expenses.

There’s a lot more to the regs, but it’s often assumed that travelers just get the full amount each day. That’s not the way it’s supposed to work; that’s only the maximum you’re allowed to spend. When folks take the max, they’re just pocketing any profit.

Also note that booze is not an allowable expense.

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