Drivers across the US are relieved to find lower gas prices at the pump. Federal employees can be even happier that they’re still getting a raise in their reimbursement for driving this year.

Gas prices have dropped 31% nationwide since June, but the General Services Administration reimbursement rate is still increasing by 2.7%.

For the first time since 2005, the GSA rate did not follow the trend of average gas prices, as a chart created by Josh Hicks shows.

In previous years, the GSA rate has been informed by the rate set by the IRS for taxpayers to use when calculating business travel deductions. Now the GSA has to match that rate exactly. Because gas prices rose significantly in the first half of 2014, the annual average price is higher than present conditions.

Even though oil costs are expected to continue to drop, the GSA’s hands are tied if they wanted to modify their rate to fit reality. And more of our taxpayer money is spent unnecessarily.

I guess it’s better than spending $300k studying how to ride a bike.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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