Pending Repeal of Flat Rate Per Diem for Long Term Lodging
Please be aware that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, which is expected to be signed into law by President Trump early next week, includes an immediate repeal of the authority to prescribe a reduced flat rate per diem for long-term temporary duty (TDY) travel. Upon his signature, the repeal become effective which means that flat rate per diem for travel over 30 days will apply through midnight on the day BEFORE the Act is signed, and normal per diem rules, including the following, will apply beginning the date of signature.
- Lodging receipts are required for all lodging payments
- The actual cost of lodging not to exceed the full locality lodging per diem rate will be paid
- The full meals and incidental expense (M&IE) will no longer be reduced by 75% or 55%
Please note upon signature by the President, the Joint Travel Regulations Flat Rate Per Diem policy will no longer apply as cited in pars. 020303 and 020309. An official change to the JTR is forthcoming and will be retroactive back to the date the NDAA is signed. Once the JTR change approved, it will be posted to the DTMO website under “Immediate JTR Changes”. (https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/changesjtr.cfm), on the “Notable Policy Changes” (https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/Notable_Policy_Changes.cfm) webpage.
Additional information and resources including computation examples and FAQs related to the repeal of the Flat Rate Per diem for Long Term Lodging policy will be posted once the change is effective.
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