by Gilbert B Norman
urr304 wrote: ↑Sun Apr 26, 2020 11:32 am As stated earlier, the Federal regulations on standard travel allowances extended the need for sections; the allowance actually was quite generous to allow for a lower berth for each government employee when it was established. Of course, this was for a trip that needed an overnight transit, if not it was a coach [not a reclining seat probably]. Quite a difference to government employees' travelling expenses in recent times.I can recall meeting up with The Late "Nellie Bly" Randy Resor in Chi for a Dinner. He was with the USDOT and I think about a GS-15. Unfortunately, when I got the call from his widow, Carol, that he was gone (age 61) I "wasn't overly surprised".
We went to the Frontera Grill, a top tier Mexican restaurant in the River North area. However, we went to the "casual" side (no res, lots of noise; just the kind of place "I love"). It had to be separate checks, and he was carefully "doing the math". I asked "Randy why all this math? we eat and drink what we want". He then explained about the allowances for meals (lodging, apparently no issue. If the hotel is on the approved list, stay for whatever it cost) and where if you spent more, you not only paid up, but the "excessive" credit card charge was routed to you THROUGH your boss, so you could explain to him/er WHY you spent more than the allowance.
To what extent that applies throughout the Civil Service. I know not - never been there. When I was with the MILW, if I felt I had spent "unreasonable", I just put in "reasonable" - and that was that.
Suffice it to say, the Meals & Entertainment expense policy at Gilbert B Norman. CPA: Chartered was "a bit less constrained".