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Laundry/Dry-Cleaning Reimbursement
Frequently Asked Questions
Updated: 10/21/10

  1. When are DoD civilian employees authorized reimbursement for the cost of personal laundry/dry-cleaning and pressing of clothing?
  2. When are uniformed members authorized reimbursement for the cost of Personal Laundry/dry-cleaning and pressing of clothing?

1. When are DoD civilian employees authorized reimbursement for the cost of personal laundry/dry-cleaning and pressing of clothing?

DoD civilian employees are authorized reimbursement for the cost of personal laundry/dry-cleaning and pressing of clothing (Effective for travel performed on or after 1 January 1999) as follows:

  1. The cost incurred during TDY/PCS travel (not after arriving at or returning to the PDS) for personal laundry/dry-cleaning and pressing of clothing is a separately reimbursable travel expense in addition to per diem/AEA when travel is within CONUS and requires at least 4 consecutive nights TDY/PCS lodging in CONUS. (There is no limitation on the amount claimed however the amount must be reasonable for the assignment concerned.)


  2. The cost of personal laundry/dry-cleaning and pressing of clothing is not a separately reimbursable travel expense for travel OCONUS and is included as an incidental expense within the per diem authorized for OCONUS travel.

2. When are uniformed members authorized reimbursement for the cost of Personal Laundry/dry-cleaning and pressing of clothing?

Uniformed members are authorized reimbursement for the cost of personal laundry/dry-cleaning and pressing of clothing (Effective for TDY travel performed on or after 1 January 2001) as follows:

  1. The cost incurred during TDY travel (not after returning to the PDS) for personal laundry/dry-cleaning and pressing of clothing, up to an average of $2 per day, is a separately reimbursable travel expense in addition to per diem/AEA when travel within CONUS requires at least 7 consecutive nights TDY lodging in CONUS.

    Examples:
    1. Member performs TDY travel in CONUS requiring 6 consecutive nights TDY lodging in CONUS - no reimbursement is authorized for the cost of personal laundry/dry-cleaning and pressing of clothing.


    2. Member performs TDY travel in CONUS requiring 7 consecutive nights TDY lodging in CONUS - reimbursement is for actual cost of personal laundry/dry-cleaning and pressing of clothing not to exceed $2 per day (maximum authorized $14).


    3. Member performs TDY travel in CONUS requiring 8 consecutive nights TDY lodging in CONUS - reimbursement is for the actual cost of personal laundry/dry-cleaning and pressing of clothing not to exceed $2 per day (maximum authorized $16). If the member incurred a cost of $20 for personal laundry/dry-cleaning and pressing of clothing, reimbursement is limited to $2 per day for a total of $16. If the member incurred a cost of $12 for personal laundry/dry-cleaning and pressing of clothing, reimbursement is limited to $1.50 per day for a total of $12.


    4. Member on a 10-day TDY to a CONUS location (receiving AEA while there) incurs a $40 dry-cleaning bill. The $40 cost is averaged over the 10-day TDY to equal a $4 per day average cost. The member may only be reimbursed for $2 per day so the total reimbursement paid to the member is $20.


  2. The cost incurred during TDY travel for personal laundry/dry-cleaning and pressing of clothing is not a separately reimbursable expense for OCONUS travel and is part of the incidental expense allowance included within the per diem rates authorized for OCONUS travel.

    Examples:
    1. Member performs OCONUS TDY travel requiring 10 consecutive nights TDY lodging OCONUS for which he is paid a per diem - no reimbursement is authorized for the cost of laundry/dry-cleaning and pressing of clothing.


    2. Member on an 8-day (Saturday-Saturday) TDY to an OCONUS location (receiving AEA while there) incurs a $32 dry-cleaning cost on Friday. The $32 cost is averaged over the 8-dayTDY and the member may indicate that $4 was paid daily.

 

 

     
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