[Board] Travel expenses for FOSS4G Seoul

Massimiliano Cannata massimiliano.cannata at supsi.ch
Mon Oct 19 05:16:01 PDT 2015


Dear all
Following the discussion suggested by Jeff:

FOR THIS SPECIFIC CASE

I think only live costs shall be reimbursed (based on bill tickets).

Travelling ours is part of voluntary time to OSGeo, and it could be used
also to work on other staff (for example I used my travel time to work on a
publication).

(I don't see it different from time used to participate in a meeting or
writing this mail.)

I believe that if we give a value to our spare time for OSGeo we are
entering a very delicated debate.


FOR THE FUTURE

I strongly believe that OSGeo shall not pay any reimbursement to anyone to
participate in FOSS4G.

In the case shall be the LOC that invites and cover the costs of invited
speeches and board members eventually. This could be included in the
contract.



This is more fair and transparent from my point of view.


Maxi




Il 18/Ott/2015 20:46, "Jeff McKenna" <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com> ha
scritto:

> Hi Mike /Treasurer,
>
> I've added my travel expense report
> for FOSS4G Seoul to the "OSGeo-finance" DropBox folder at
> /accounts_payable/travelexp/2015/foss4g_2015_seoul/jmckenna/, as well as
> the major receipts.  The total comes to
> $2,168.69 CAD.
>
> Let me know if you need anything else.  Thanks,
>
> Discussion
> ----------
>
> (below this message I have included a breakdown of expenses, for those not
> on DropBox)
>
> You'll notice that I have included 200 CAD for meals and travel
> incidentals.  I'd like to discuss this openly now, especially as next
> month I will travel to Moscow as president.  To be honest, this
> incidentals total feels very low, especially considering I spent time in
> 4 different airport, just for my trip there.  One could argue that cost
> would be just for my meals on the way to Seoul even, considering it took
> me almost 40 hours one way.  So, how do we handle this?
>
> I remember discussing this topic with Cameron years ago publicly, and it
> was agreed that OSGeo advocates who are invited to speak be covered for
> expenses per http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_Advocate#Expenses  That
> does mention meals, and points to the US State Department guidelines
> (here are the rates for Seoul
>
> https://aoprals.state.gov/web920/per_diem_action.asp?MenuHide=1&CountryCode=1129
> ).
>
> If I were to follow those guidelines, my costs for meals & incidentals
> would be close to 1350 USD / 1700 CAD, which, does seem extreme for
> OSGeo.  However 200 CAD seems not realistic either.
>
> You know me, I always make sure to keep costs very low, to respect the
> foundation.  I stayed in an apartment with 5 others in Seoul, instead of
> billing the foundation for possibly thousands.  But in this case, for
> Seoul, there were incidentals and I somehow feel guilty even for
> reporting 200 CAD, but I know I shouldn't feel guilty.
>
> So, I'm just looking for your own opinion on this.  I am also fine for
> bringing this publicly as well (insert: I sent this at first to treasurer@
> and was asked to take this publicly).  I'm not looking to
> "pull a fast one" on the foundation, but my gut instinct sees that
> incidentals total and it just feels wrong.
>
> Thanks for listening to this long email :)
>
> Talk soon,
>
> -jeff
>
> ****
>
> OSGeo Travel Expense Claim
> ==========================
>
> Name: Jeff McKenna
>
> Travel Dates: 09/12/2015 to 09/21/2015
>
> Itinerary: from Halifax Canada to Seoul, South Korea
>
> Reasons for travel: Represent OSGeo as president, at FOSS4G 2015
>
> Expenses
> --------
>
> Flight to Seoul: 1435 CAD
> 7 nights stay in Airbnb apartment (with 5 others): 330 CAD
> Bus to and from Incheon airport in Seoul: 36 CAD
> Park-n-fly at Halifax airport: 84 CAD
> Gasoline to Halifax airport & return: 50 CAD
> Travel medical insurance: 32 CAD
> Misc (food during travel and other incidentals): 200 CAD
>
> Total claimed: 2168 CAD
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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