Last Chance to Sign Up to Host an Intern with Intellectual Disabilities for 2016 Spring Semester

I am writing to let you know about an exciting opportunity to participate in a program for students with varying intellectual disabilities (ID) – the Congressional Internship Program for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. The program, which started in 2010, provides students with ID an educational and enrichment opportunity typically afforded to congressional interns here in our nation’s Capitol.

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Use of MRA due to Inclement Weather

In light of the recent blizzard, we write to authorize the use of the Members’ Representational Allowance for travel back to Washington, D.C., for the purposes of attending a retreat paid for by official funds, or that is part of officially-connected privately sponsored travel.

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Transit Benefit Limit Increased

The maximum transit benefit provided by the U.S. House to eligible staff will increase starting March 1, 2016. The Committee on House Administration has raised the maximum amount of transit benefit for House staff from $130 to $255/month for employees who commute via public transportation.

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2016 Conference and Caucus Retreats

The Committee’s regulations governing the use of the Members’ Representational Allowance (MRA), prohibit the use of official funds for travel expenses (transportation to/from, lodging, meals, and incidentals) incurred by Members and staff to attend the Republican Conference Retreat (January 13-15) or the Democratic Caucus Retreat (January 27-29).

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ADJUSTMENT TO THE PER-MILE RATES OF REIMBURSEMENT

Committee on House Administration regulations authorize reimbursement for use of qualifying privately-owned or privately-leased vehicles (POVs) for official business at rates not to exceed the rates established by the General Services Administration (GSA). Please be advised that the GSA has recently adjusted its reimbursement rates.

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Support Students with Intellectual Disabilities by Participating in the 2016 Spring Internship Program

I am writing to let you know about an exciting opportunity to participate in a program for students with varying intellectual disabilities (ID) – the Congressional Internship Program for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. The program, which started in 2010, provides students with ID an educational and enrichment opportunity typically afforded to congressional interns here in our nation’s Capitol.

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