FMA ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT ADVANCEMENT ON DOD PER DIEM CUTS - June 6, 2018
FMA is pleased to report significant advancements in our ongoing effort to repeal the long-term TDY per diem cuts instituted by the Department of Defense in November 2014.
In late 2014, DOD instituted severe cuts to per diem rates for both civilian and uniformed employees on long term travel. These cuts are 25 percent when employees travel for more than 30 days and 45% when traveling more than 180 days. The House of Representatives has voted four times for repeal in its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), however, due to opposition in the Senate the cuts remained.
FMA engaged in an extensive lobbying campaign with several other interested federal employee groups and organizations to build support for repeal in the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and uphold support in the House. SASC recently voted to repeal the cuts as part of its version of the NDAA. As reported earlier, the full House has already voted for full repeal this year, as well.
It is not final at this point, but we anticipate the language will remain in the final NDAA conference report when it becomes law later this year, and we will finally reverse these cuts that have been a burden on federal managers.