PUEBLO, Colo.-Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Russell Carollo, who specializes in Freedom of Information Act, public records, the military and long-term investigative projects, said his experience indicates the practice of reimbursing members of the NCUA board up to three times the allowable per diem is unusual for government agencies.

Working for JunketSleuth (http://junketsleuth.com) from October 2009 to March 2012, Carollo obtained travel records from 54 federal agencies, including NCUA. "Three times per diem is a lot," Carollo told Credit Union Journal regarding what he had seen in his review of federal agency employee travel spending. "I don't recall many times seeing expenses at three times per diem."

NCUA's travel policy paints a clear picture that staff at all levels must be prudent spenders, stating that, "Regardless of which reimbursement system applies (per diem or actual expenses)...government employees must exercise the same care a prudent person would exercise if traveling on personal business...employees are to incur only necessary and reasonable expenses."

For info: Russell Carollo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Carollo

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