From: The Honorable Colleen Hanabusa
End DoD Per Diem Reductions Now
Military and DoD personnel shouldn’t pay out of pocket to serve our country
Please join us in requesting the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee include in their appropriations bill a reversal of a 2014 Department of Defense policy that has negatively affected military and federal personnel per diem rates while on temporary duty
In the FY 2016 House version of the National Defense Authorization Act, an amendment passed reversing this harmful policy. In the 114th Congress, a bill (H.R. 1193) aimed to do the same, and received wide, bipartisan support. It is time that Congress recognizes
the negative impacts this policy has on the men and women that serve our nation, and reverse this policy.
Please join us in signing onto this letter (text below) by contacting Kana Smith on Rep, Hanabusa’s staff at
Kana.Smith@mail.house.gov or Raymond Celeste or Rep. Walter Jones’ staff at
Raymond.Celeste@mail.house.gov. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
Colleen Hanabusa Walter B. Jones
Member of Congress Member of Congress
Dear Chair Granger and Ranking Member Visclosky,
As the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense works to finalize the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Defense Appropriations bill, we write to respectfully request that the bill include the reversal of per diem rates for traveling Department of Defense (DoD) employees,
which were set in 2014. This harmful Department of Defense (DoD) policy sharply cut military and federal civilian personnel per diem rates while on temporary duty assignment.
As a result of this DoD policy, military personnel and federal civilian employees on temporary duty assignments of longer than 30 and 180 days have had their per diem cut by 25 percent and 45 percent, respectively. This policy has resulted in servicemembers
and civilians having to pay out of their own pockets for basic necessities while on official travel, such as food and transportation. This is particularly true of our shipyard, depot, and arsenal workers, who because of their expertise are frequently sent
on longer temporary duty assignments that are critical to our national security.
Last Congress, a bill to reverse the 2014 policy (H.R. 1193) was introduced and received broad bipartisan support. Further, this language was included in the House-passed versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2016 and FY 2017. This
continued work signals persistent concerns of the burden that this policy has placed on our military and civilian workforce. Our military personnel and DoD civilians should not have to foot the bill when they travel in service to our nation.
We appreciate your consideration of our request to reverse the 2014-set DoD per diem policy for temporary duty assignments. We look forward to continuing to work with you to best provide for the needs of our country’s defense.