NDAA ALLOWS REPEAL OF DOD CUTS TO LONG TERM TDY PER DIEMS - December 19, 2016
FMA's efforts meet with partial success; will continue to push for full repeal of cuts
By Kellie Lunney, Government Executive
Among the many provisions within the National Defense Authorization Act conference report, included was the Senate-passed language regarding DOD cuts to long-term TDY per diems, rather than the House-passed full repeal. The language in the bill allows each Service Secretary within DOD to waive the cuts within his or her own service. While this is an improvement on current policy, FMA continues to support a full repeal and will work with congressional allies in the 115th Congress toward that end.
Lawmakers have granted relief to service members and Defense civilian employees on extended government travel from a controversial 2014 department policy that reduced their per diem rates.
The individual military services would have the authority to pay the full per diem available for long-term government travel for Defense employees if they choose to, under language included in the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. On Dec. 8, Congress sent the massive bill to President Obama who earlier had threatened to veto both the House and Senate versions of the NDAA.