20:0543(66)NG - NFFE Local 29 and Kansas City District Corps of Engineers, Kansas City, MO -- 1985 FLRAdec NG



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20:0543(66)NG
The decision of the Authority follows:


 20 FLRA No. 66
 
 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL 
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 29 
 Union 
 
 and 
 
 KANSAS CITY DISTRICT 
 CORPS OF ENGINEERS, 
 KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 
 Agency 
 
                                            Case No. 0-NG-1059
 
                 DECISION AND ORDER ON NEGOTIABILITY ISSUE
 
    The petition for review in this case comes before the Authority
 pursuant to section 7105(a)(2)(E) of the Federal Service
 Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute), and raises issues
 concerning the negotiability of the following Union proposal.
 
          Section 4.  Travel Entitlements.
 
          (a).  Employees may draw travel advances, including per diem,
       up to 100% of anticipated cost for any travel in excess of 10
       hours.  If an advance cannot be granted in such cases, the
       employee will not be compelled to perform the travel.  Employees
       shall be in a per diem status portal-to-portal, unless they elect
       to go into a previously approved leave status during the tour of
       duty.  Miscellaneous expenditures not enumerated in the Federal
       Travel Regulations (FTR) or Joint Travel Regulations (JTR), when
       necessarily incurred by the traveler in the performance of the
       job/work related business, shall be reimbursed when approved by
       the traveler's supervisor.  Itemization of subsistence expenses
       are not required on the travel voucher, except where reimbursement
       is based on actual subsistence expenses.  Actual and necessary
       subsistence expenses incurred on a travel assignment for which
       reimbursement is claimed, shall be itemized to permit a review of
       the amounts spent daily for lodging, meals and all other items of
       subsistence expenses.  Receipts shall be provided for lodging and
       other expenses, in excess of $25.00, except meals.  No ceiling
       shall be placed on actual and necessary subsistence, except
       reimbursement shall not exceed the maximum rate by FTR.
 
    Upon careful consideration of the entire record, including the
 parties' contentions, the Authority makes the following determinations.
 The disputed portion of the Union's proposal concerns the amount of
 monetary reimbursement that bargaining unit employees are entitled to
 receive for actual out of pocket expenses when traveling on official
 business for the Agency in "high cost" areas.  The proposal would
 provide for reimbursement to employees of all actual and necessary
 expenses within a set regulatory ceiling.  In its statement of position,
 the Agency generally contends that the proposal is nonnegotiable since
 it would preclude th