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Re: Transport within place of duty
« Reply #25 on: March 05, 2020, 18:56:38 »
I'm 100% positive that they fall under Chapter 7, not Chapter 5. The entire time they are there, every single day, every single benefit they receive (incidentals, R&Q, etc) is all being paid out because it's authorized by Chapter 7 of the CFTDTIs.

If, for example, they needed the photocopiers/internet/etc in the middle of their TD task in order to do their job, and the school couldn't provide, they'd be entitled to be reimbursed for those fees under 7.04 - Additional Business Expenses.

If, for example, there is a problem with the water supply that arises in the middle of their TD task, they'd be entitled to reimbursement for bottled water expenses IAW 7.06 - Bottled Water.

Etc.

And it's  an absolute joke that anybody at any point ever thought this arrangement the school is pursuing was in anyway acceptable...

Edit to add: And for the sake of nuance, they are not at their place of duty while they are on TD under Chapter 7. Their place of duty remains the same, as indicated in Chapter 1 definitions... IAW CBI 208.80 which is the geographical area of their permanent workplace/residence. This is why CBI 209.50 specifies "the place where a member is performing a duty," so that you can take LTA while you are on TD outside of your place of duty.
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Re: Transport within place of duty
« Reply #26 on: March 06, 2020, 08:18:30 »
I'm 100% positive that they fall under Chapter 7, not Chapter 5. The entire time they are there, every single day, every single benefit they receive (incidentals, R&Q, etc) is all being paid out because it's authorized by Chapter 7 of the CFTDTIs.

If, for example, they needed the photocopiers/internet/etc in the middle of their TD task in order to do their job, and the school couldn't provide, they'd be entitled to be reimbursed for those fees under 7.04 - Additional Business Expenses.

If, for example, there is a problem with the water supply that arises in the middle of their TD task, they'd be entitled to reimbursement for bottled water expenses IAW 7.06 - Bottled Water.

Etc.

And it's  an absolute joke that anybody at any point ever thought this arrangement the school is pursuing was in anyway acceptable...

Edit to add: And for the sake of nuance, they are not at their place of duty while they are on TD under Chapter 7. Their place of duty remains the same, as indicated in Chapter 1 definitions... IAW CBI 208.80 which is the geographical area of their permanent workplace/residence. This is why CBI 209.50 specifies "the place where a member is performing a duty," so that you can take LTA while you are on TD outside of your place of duty.

Ok, so if they are on Chapter 7 TD for the duration of their TD, then if they had to take taxis or rent vehicles (or use DND vehicles and pay for gas), then it would tacked onto their claims, and whatever unit provided the FIN code for their TD would pay for it (i'm assuming their home unit on the west coast, which is actually the west coast school).

But, it makes far more sense for the school here on the east coast to have simply planned for TEME to provide a drive and bus (or provide a van if someone on the course has their 404s). If the school out here did do that, they would be the ones paying for it.

So, perhaps it is a pissing match between the two units? The west coast wants the east coast to take on the cost as part of their normal operating budgeet, and the east coast wants the west coast to take on the cost as part of the TD claim.

Who then, is actually required to provide this transportation? It is "ideally the east coast would do it, but if they don't, the west coast will be required to reimburse the members"? This seems like the most reasonable answer.

Otherwise, is there anything anywhere that says the school is actually required to provide local transportation to out of area students? Or are they allowed to leave it up to their own devices, knowing that they have travel claims?

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Re: Transport within place of duty
« Reply #27 on: March 07, 2020, 02:14:00 »
Ok, so if they are on Chapter 7 TD for the duration of their TD, then if they had to take taxis or rent vehicles (or use DND vehicles and pay for gas), then it would tacked onto their claims, and whatever unit provided the FIN code for their TD would pay for it (i'm assuming their home unit on the west coast, which is actually the west coast school).

But, it makes far more sense for the school here on the east coast to have simply planned for TEME to provide a drive and bus (or provide a van if someone on the course has their 404s). If the school out here did do that, they would be the ones paying for it.

So, perhaps it is a pissing match between the two units? The west coast wants the east coast to take on the cost as part of their normal operating budgeet, and the east coast wants the west coast to take on the cost as part of the TD claim.

Who then, is actually required to provide this transportation? It is "ideally the east coast would do it, but if they don't, the west coast will be required to reimburse the members"? This seems like the most reasonable answer.

Otherwise, is there anything anywhere that says the school is actually required to provide local transportation to out of area students? Or are they allowed to leave it up to their own devices, knowing that they have travel claims?

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I've mentioned this elsewhere but this idea of the home unit paying the TD for a course is a completely foreign concept to me, all my dealings with this stuff the unit that is tasked with running the course is funded for everything including the TD, which would resolve this issue real quick as the unit running the course would do what's in it's best interest for it's own budget and would have arranged troop lift, which also happens to be in the best interest of the public (funny how responsibility centres and resources align like that).

But, if this scenario of a pissing match between the units is the case, was the west coast unit ever appraised of the fact that the TD estimate should include the cost of local travel for a week-long period in the middle of the course because... (insert terrible justification here)? That way the person providing EIA/Sect 32 is authorizing these expenditures before the financial approval was given?

If not, at this point the east coast unit has zero authority to authorize an expenditure against the west coast unit's cost centre unless they get a SAF done prior to doing so. And so if this ever did hit DGCB's desk I would hope they would recognize that and say "the east coast unit did not have financial authority over someone else's cost centre to use their cost centre as means of paying for the logistics of running the course (because that's what this transportation issue is... an internal course logistics issue) and therefore the grievance is upheld. You are to bring this grievance decision to the east coast unit's financial services cell to have your local travel expenses paid out." And then the normal end-note stating what to do if the grievance decision is not respected.

Because the issue in a scenario of a budgetary fight really isn't whether or not they are entitled to it... it's just who foots the bill. That said, you'd think two adults wouldn't need a BGen to sort this out for them...
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Re: Transport within place of duty
« Reply #28 on: March 07, 2020, 08:11:28 »
I've mentioned this elsewhere but this idea of the home unit paying the TD for a course is a completely foreign concept to me, all my dealings with this stuff the unit that is tasked with running the course is funded for everything including the TD, which would resolve this issue real quick as the unit running the course would do what's in it's best interest for it's own budget and would have arranged troop lift, which also happens to be in the best interest of the public (funny how responsibility centres and resources align like that).

Perhaps this situation is unique because 2 different school are actually involved. Let me explain.

The course has two parts: a theory phase and a practical phase. For the theory phase, the west coast students are posted (posted, not attahh posted) to the west coast school, and compete their studies there, while the east coast students are posted to the east coast school. The practical portion of the course, however, is entirely run on the east coast. So, half way through the course, the west coast students are sent on TD to the east coast. Because they were already posted to and studying at a school, that school (the west coast school) already took on financial responsibility for them. So, their travel to and from the east coast was paid for by the west coast school.

So perhaps the east coast school, knowing this, thinks they aren't responsible for paying for anything to do with the west coast student.

That being said, that's not exactly the message we got. When we asked about transportation for the west coast students, the answer we got was "it's not in the budget and there's no room in the budget to add it. Stop asking, it's not happening."
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Re: Transport within place of duty
« Reply #29 on: March 07, 2020, 10:02:08 »
Perhaps this situation is unique because 2 different school are actually involved. Let me explain.

The course has two parts: a theory phase and a practical phase. For the theory phase, the west coast students are posted (posted, not attahh posted) to the west coast school, and compete their studies there, while the east coast students are posted to the east coast school. The practical portion of the course, however, is entirely run on the east coast. So, half way through the course, the west coast students are sent on TD to the east coast. Because they were already posted to and studying at a school, that school (the west coast school) already took on financial responsibility for them. So, their travel to and from the east coast was paid for by the west coast school.

So perhaps the east coast school, knowing this, thinks they aren't responsible for paying for anything to do with the west coast student.

That being said, that's not exactly the message we got. When we asked about transportation for the west coast students, the answer we got was "it's not in the budget and there's no room in the budget to add it. Stop asking, it's not happening."

If I were the student, I would just fail to attend the offsite portion of the course.   ;)

Ok, seriously, the West Coast MH folks on course in Shearwater run into this issue on nearly a daily basis. It was solved by submitting DND 649s to TEME for u-drive vehicles. Yes, I know a fin code is reqd for that.

In your situation, my advice would be to raise and call the East Coast School. Submit a DND 649 to Halifax TEME with the west coast fin code for the week of offsite. Depending on number of students or if none of them have 404s, ask for a driver. The coast to your budget is pretty minimal. Once you do that, take up the issue at your next trg conf.  There really is no question that DND is responsible for their Tpt (in some fashion) while on TD in Halifax.

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Transport within place of duty
« Reply #30 on: March 07, 2020, 10:37:16 »
I’m not aware of anywhere in the CFTDI saying “entitlement only applies if it’s in the budget”.

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Re: Transport within place of duty
« Reply #31 on: March 07, 2020, 16:22:42 »
I’m not aware of anywhere in the CFTDI saying “entitlement only applies if it’s in the budget”.

Lol buts that's the very excuse every unit in the CAF uses when you point out your entitlement to either a layover or business class on an international trip with over 9hrs of flying!
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Re: Transport within place of duty
« Reply #32 on: March 07, 2020, 22:41:05 »
Wow.  I am really at a loss trying to understand why the navy is having personnel issues.  https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/royal-canadian-navy-coast-guard-short-hundreds-of-sailors-1.4833232

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Re: Transport within place of duty
« Reply #33 on: March 07, 2020, 23:31:28 »
When someone says "it's not in the budget" it's almost certain they don't have a clue what they are talking about, it's the last refuge for the incompetent.

And in this case, it's definitely not true. The east coast school is funded for the task. If they spent their money on something else, that's their problem to explain when they do their financial forecast and have to report their financial pressures to higher.

In your situation, my advice would be to raise and call the East Coast School. Submit a DND 649 to Halifax TEME with the west coast fin code for the week of offsite. Depending on number of students or if none of them have 404s, ask for a driver. The coast to your budget is pretty minimal. Once you do that, take up the issue at your next trg conf.  There really is no question that DND is responsible for their Tpt (in some fashion) while on TD in Halifax.

The sad part about throwing a bandaid on stuff in the CAF is you end up just creating more long-term problems. I'd let them put me in jail before I start doing TSRs for another unit, on the other side of the country, the for the course that it's responsible to run.

Perhaps this situation is unique because 2 different school are actually involved. Let me explain.

The course has two parts: a theory phase and a practical phase. For the theory phase, the west coast students are posted (posted, not attahh posted) to the west coast school, and compete their studies there, while the east coast students are posted to the east coast school. The practical portion of the course, however, is entirely run on the east coast. So, half way through the course, the west coast students are sent on TD to the east coast. Because they were already posted to and studying at a school, that school (the west coast school) already took on financial responsibility for them. So, their travel to and from the east coast was paid for by the west coast school.

So perhaps the east coast school, knowing this, thinks they aren't responsible for paying for anything to do with the west coast student.

That being said, that's not exactly the message we got. When we asked about transportation for the west coast students, the answer we got was "it's not in the budget and there's no room in the budget to add it. Stop asking, it's not happening."

So is either or both Comd's actually tracking this issue or is this just all staff back-and-forths at this point?

And also, I know they are on two different coasts so they likely fall under two different L2 HQ because of the way the RCN is organized, but any chance the schools share a common 1-Up Comd?
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Re: Transport within place of duty
« Reply #34 on: March 07, 2020, 23:32:46 »
If I were the student, I would just fail to attend the offsite portion of the course.   ;)

Ok, seriously, the West Coast MH folks on course in Shearwater run into this issue on nearly a daily basis. It was solved by submitting DND 649s to TEME for u-drive vehicles. Yes, I know a fin code is reqd for that.


Unless things have changed, the Aurora folks from Comox on course in Greenwood also have the same issues.
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Re: Transport within place of duty
« Reply #35 on: March 08, 2020, 07:47:11 »
Unless things have changed, the Aurora folks from Comox on course in Greenwood also have the same issues.

I don’t know if the folks on MOAT right now have a vehicle or not, but we were getting the students a vehicle from transport.  I don’t know who paid for it.


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Re: Transport within place of duty
« Reply #36 on: March 08, 2020, 10:08:19 »

And also, I know they are on two different coasts so they likely fall under two different L2 HQ because of the way the RCN is organized, but any chance the schools share a common 1-Up Comd?

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Re: Transport within place of duty
« Reply #37 on: March 08, 2020, 10:45:19 »
Sure is! Commander, Naval Personnel and Training Group, in Esquimalt.

Lumber, you need to run this issue up the CoC to Comd NPTG. When common sense is no longer common, the Commander needs to get directive.

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Re: Transport within place of duty
« Reply #38 on: March 08, 2020, 12:20:45 »
That's bizarre, when I was at one of the other schools on the East coast planning courses we included transport for off base site locations for pers on TD as part of the course costs.  It was a non-issue as the couple of students on TD were able to carpool, but we had some taxi chits available if needed.  This was a few years ago before the reorg that FUBARd the schools into one command. We had looked at TEME and there was a kind of break even point where it was cheaper for the students to share a taxi for a return trip then a bus with driver.

This kind of stuff is petty and stupid to me; the costs of staff time to sort this out after the fact is way more then a simple plan ahead and the minor costs of a rental or two and gas for a week (the govt rate is much less then you would get walking off the street)

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Re: Transport within place of duty
« Reply #39 on: March 08, 2020, 19:58:10 »
First I'd have the school finance staff get it direct from the NPTG's N8 (or whatever they are using for finance) that the task to run the course, inclusive of the internal logistics of the course, were funded... not that matters, if it wasn't funded they still got the task so they just report it as a financial pressure.

Then I'd give the east coast staff a warning, with the N8's input attached, "hey, this is going to the Command level next if you don't smarten up..." and then arm the Commander with the proper info so that when he calls his peer out, he's got his ducks lined up.

After that it's no longer your problem.

But the reason I ask about the common 1-up is because if his peer is still not getting it, your Commander essentially has three options (which you can essentially lay out for him)...
1. Fund himself to avoid conflict, I'd recommend against that.
2. Do nothing and screw the members over as they will then have to submit grievances, plus you don't know even know how that's going to go... I'd also recommend against that; or
3. Tell his peer, "hey man, I gave you the opportunity to do the right thing without getting our boss involved. If you get hit by the bus, you did it to yourself" and then go ask the 1-up for adjudication.... I'd recommend this, especially if the 1-up N8 is already on your side.

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