Citizens-there is a new revised local and non-local travel regulation.
Some things are similar, some different.
"Ensure that expenses are necessary and reasonable." Oh dear.
"Use sound judgment." Oh my.
"Provide a detailed justification.." I would hope so.
"Supporting documentation..." (Does that mean receipts that are legible, even three years later? I hope so.)
The same $11.50 or mileage for after-hours local meetings and work-related activities, unless receiving a stipend or salary supplement. No entitlement to that on Back to School Night is still in here. So, Chipotle and Subway instead of Artie's and Four Sisters unless you want to foot the bill for the extra.
***Page 4 B. 4. says employees who are required to attend an official (local) function representing FCPS will be allowed up to the prevailing GSA meal per diem. Don't know about this. This looks like a loophole. What is the clear difference between an after-hours meeting or work-related activity ($11.50) and a meal during the workday (which the employee should have to pay for) and an "official function representing FCPS"? This is grey. But, $75-$100 publicly funded dinners at Morton's or Capital Grille or Wildfire clearly don't meet any of these situations. I would hope this apparent per diem loophole will be closely monitored.
They are including mileage and registration fees for conferences, training, and seminars in the greater Washington metropolitan area under NONlocal travel. This is so that they are pre-approved, which non-local travel does not normally require. So, are they excluding a per diem meal at local conferences? I would hope so.
An FCPS PCard may not be used to purchase meals for nonlocal travel. How about the School Board going off per diem and going to The Court of Two Sisters in New Orleans and buying everything from appetizers to flaming bananas with public funds on the Chairman's PCard? Or Georges at the Cove, etc.? This was already also in the old regulation. Didn't do us a lot of good.
Page 6.B.2. Maybe they need to add WiFi fees and room service to the no reimbursement list, along with the movies, laundry, and mini-bar. Another thing to note is that a lot of hotels include breakfast with the room charge. Don't know how they work this on per diem. When you are dealing with thousands of employees, it all adds up. If you are offered a full hot breakfast buffet at the Hampton Inn that we are paying for, why should we be paying per diem for breakfast? They already exclude per diem for meals included with a function being attended.
The Big Question here is WHO IS GOING TO MONITOR WHAT WAS AN OUT-OF-CONTROL SITUATION? The people who were out-of-control? Am I going to have to pull more records??????????? Are there consequences, such as "your wages will be garnished for failure to comply"? I hope so.
Those property taxes and parking fees just never stop, do they?