Lodging for Independent Contractor
Depending on which option you choose as your payment options you will process lodging as follows below.
If payment option 3A was chosen for lodging
When option three is chosen for lodging you will need to use the new LOCAL HOTELS process.
Beginning January 11, 2016 the Travel Office implemented a new process for local hotel expenses for our out of town guests!
In the past departments entered Purchase Orders in uShop when making reservations for local hotel rooms and paid for the room via check request to the hotel or reimbursement to the traveler. Now the Travel Office will give approval to the hotel directly to charge the room and tax on an assigned credit card. All the dept needs to do is contact the hotel to make the arrangements, complete a Paper Travel Authorization form, have the Budget Authority sign and submit it to the Travel Office. The traveler does not need to sign the travel authorization for the lodging!
For your convenience we have created a new page called Local Hotels on the main page of the Travel website. Here you will find a listing of the hotels participating in this new program. This web page includes contact information, pricing and amenities for each hotel in our area.
Below are the steps for the Local Hotel procedure:
- Department contacts hotel to make arrangements for guest staying at hotel
- Department completes the following sections on the Paper Travel Authorization form for the lodging:
- Travelers information (top half of the form)
- Hotel Name
- Total Cost for room and tax (upgrades, internet and other amenities are not allowed as with all lodging)
- Dates of reservation
- Fund and Account
- Budget Authority Signature
- Department brings the Paper Travel Authorization Form to Sandy Gladden in the Travel Office or e-mail it to her at (gladdens)
- Sandy reviews the form and then provides the hotel with the authorization for payment. Only room rate and tax are included
- When the guest checks out of the hotel, the portfolio/receipt will be e-mailed to the Travel Office.
If payment option 2 or 3C was chosen
When entering lodging expenses on the reimbursement form, they will always be listed under the Subsistence column on the line titled Room.This was an out of pocket expense for the traveler. Only include lodging plus any taxes & fees. Please make sure that you enter the lodging in correctly.
3rd Party Lodging
There has been a change in Third Party Lodging. OSBM now considers all campgrounds and campsites including National and State Parks as Third Party Lodging, regardless if under the state rate. Airbnb is also considered Third Party Lodging by OSBM. Third Party Lodging refers to establishments that are being rented out by a third party or an establishment treated as an apartment building by state or local law. Third Party Lodging Requests must be submitted and approved before the trip begins. If submitted after the fact, there is a risk that the Third Party Lodging Request would not be approved by OSBM, therefore we would not be able to reimburse for that lodging.
Third party lodging is no longer allowed unless approved by OSBM before the trip takes place. Third party lodging refers to an establishment that is being rented out by a third party or an establishment treated as an apartment building by state or local law. This means the only lodging allowable is in a hotel or motel. Any apartment or house rental will not be allowed unless OSBM approves beforehand.
For example, if the traveler chooses to stay in an apartment, house or other type of facility other than a regular hotel or motel the traveler must complete the following procedures prior to making lodging arrangements.
Process to request an exception to the Policy
- Traveler will need to provide a memo to the Travel Office including:
- Purpose of having to rent the establishment
- Provide evidence of savings to the state
- Amount of the rental
- Length of stay
- List of everyone staying on the property
- Funding Source being used
- Copy of Rental Agreement
- The traveler must attest in writing that there is no conflict of interest (no family members own the property or benefit financially from the rental)
- OSBM Exception Form
- Please forward all the above information to Laura Gore, Travel Manager
- Examples of types of Lodging Establishments
Documentation Required for Reimbursement for Lodging
An original itemized paid receipt from a commerical lodging establishment showing the cost of the room and taxes per night. The receipt must show a zero balance due.
Lodging arrangements booked online through a vendor such as Orbitz, Travelocity, etc. are subject to the same rules as above. The following items are required:
The original online receipt confirming reservation and showing payment, with breakdown of the cost of the room and taxes each night, the number of nights and the number of guests.
Receipts are not normally given by the commercial lodging establishment except for the other expenses billed directly such as internet connection fees, phone calls, etc. If these expenses are to be claimed by the traveler, the original receipt from the lodging establishment must be submitted.
If you order a package deal through a third party online vendor you will need to get individual quotes for each expense from the same vendor. If the package deal is for more than one person the quote must be for one person.
Ex: the package deal from Orbitz includes lodging and airfare for 3 people. Get a quote from Orbitz for airfare for one person for the business dates with the same airlines as the package deal. Get a separate quote from Orbitz for lodging for one person for the business dates from the same hotel as the package deal. If the comparison quotes are lower for a single flight or lodging expense we can only reimburse at the single rates.
Current Rates For Lodging
The allowable lodging rate is set by the Office of State Budget and Management. Below you will find the current subsistance rates. If your lodging rate is higher than the below rate, it must be approved by the Budget Authority and Supervisor. Also justification must be provided in the form of a document showing that no other hotels had the current rate available.
|Current Reimbursement Rate|
|$67.30 per night|
|$79.50 per night|