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6550 - TRAVEL PAYMENT & REIMBURSEMENT
Travel expenses incurred for official business travel on behalf of the Board of Education shall be limited to those expenses reasonably and necessarily incurred by the employee in the performance of a public purpose authorized, in advance, in accordance with administrative guidelines.
Payment and reimbursement rates for per diem meals, lodging, and mileage shall be approved by the Board annually. The Board shall establish mileage rates not exceeding the Federal IRS prescribed mileage rate.
Employees are expected to exercise the same care incurring travel expenses that a prudent person would exercise if traveling on personal business and expending personal funds. Unauthorized costs and additional expenses incurred for personal preference or convenience will not be reimbursed.
Unauthorized expenses include but are not limited to alcohol, movies, fines for traffic violations, and the entertainment/meals/lodging of spouses or guests.
Commercial airfare costs in excess of the basic least expensive unrestricted accommodations class offered by commercial airlines are unallowable except when such accommodations would (1) require circuitous routing; (2) require travel during unreasonable hours; (3) excessively prolong travel; (4) result in additional costs that would offset the transportation savings; or (5) offer accommodations not reasonably adequate for the travelerís medical needs. Instances of commercial airfare cost in excess of the basic least expensive unrestricted accommodations class must be justified and documented on a case-by-case basis.
Temporary dependent care costs (as dependent is defined in 26 U.S.C. 152) above and beyond regular dependent care that directly results from travel to conferences are allowable provided that (1) the costs are a direct result of the individualís travel for the Federal award; (2) the costs are consistent with the Districtís documented administrative guidelines for all entity travel; and (3) are only temporary during the travel period. Travel costs for dependents are unallowable, except for travel of a duration of six (6) months or more with prior approval of the Federal awarding agency.
Travel payment and reimbursement provided from Federal funds must be authorized in advance and must be reasonable and consistent with the Districtís travel policy and administrative guidelines. For travel paid for with Federal funds, the travel authorization must include documentation that demonstrates that (1) the participation in the event by the individual traveling is necessary to the Federal award; and (2) the costs are reasonable and consistent with the Districtís travel policy.
All travel shall comply with the travel procedures and rates established in the administrative guidelines. All costs incurred with Federal funds must meet the cost allowability standards within Board Policy 6114.
To the extent that the Districtís policy does not establish the allowability of a particular type of travel cost, the rates and amounts established under 5 U.S.C. 5701-11, ("Travel and Subsistence Expenses; Mileage Allowances"), or by the Administrator of General Services, or by the President (or his/her designee), must apply to travel under Federal awards.
2 C.F.R. 200.474
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