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The Airman Safety App is a simple web-based tool which provides a streamlined process for all Airmen, their families and anyone accessing the base to report safety issues as they encounter them. Initiating the reporting process is easy, just access the Airman Safety App online at https://asap.safety.af.mil and select the Airman Safety Action Report icon

U.S. Air Force illustration by Keith Wright

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. | The evolution of the Air Force Safety Center’s Airman Safety App reached an important milestone with recent software updates Dec. 1, 2017.

This simple, web-based tool provides a streamlined process for all Airmen, their families and anyone accessing the base to report safety issues as they encounter them.

“The Air Force wants to utilize every Airman as a sensor to identify hazards in their workplace and throughout the installation,” said Col. William Culver, Air Force chief of Aviation Safety. “The aviation community, both commercial and military, has been doing this for many years and now we can take those best practices across all safety disciplines”.

With this update, the Air Force will use the Airman Safety App to leverage the expanding Aviation Safety Action Program voluntary reporting capability. This includes aircrew operations and logistics/maintenance safety issues and events. The transformation – “Aviation” is expanding to “Airman”. 

Airmen will also have access to the latest hazard reports through active messaging and an ASAP Scoreboard located in the Air Force Safety Automated System database.

Another improvement links the Airman Safety App with a new hazard management module in AFSAS enabling safety professionals to track and mitigate reported hazards.

“Supporting features were upgraded in AFSAS to increase the application’s capability,” said Douglas MacCurdy, acting chief information officer and chief of Information Technology and Cyberspace Operations. “Air Force safety professionals now have a hazard management tool capable of cradle-to-grave identification and risk mitigation of safety issues”.

The Airman Safety App opened the door to a new way of limiting and eliminating safety hazards, like exposed electrical wires in the workplace, and road hazards around each and every installation while providing a substantial amount of data essential to proactive mishap prevention and effective risk management.

The application is accessible anytime, anywhere and with almost any device – desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone – and focuses on minimizing the most common obstacles, making reporting quicker and easier to accomplish.

Air Force travelers reminded of flat rate per diem policy

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas | Some Air Force travelers may not be aware of a flat rate per diem policy established a few years ago that focused on extended temporary duty travel.

Congress instituted the flat rate in November 2014. The new policy reduced per diem from 100 percent to 75 percent for TDYs from 31 to 180 days and to 55 percent for TDYs over 180 days. What this means is for a traveler whose TDY runs 31 to 180 days in length, the entire TDY per diem is paid at 75 percent. For a traveler whose TDY runs more than 180 days, the entire TDY per diem is paid at 55 percent.

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The flat rate per diem policy was put in place to encourage travelers to take advantage of cost saving opportunities available for long term travel. All government travelers performing TDY for more than 30 days in one location (CONUS and OCONUS) will receive a flat rate per diem.

The commercial lodging industry considers stays greater than 30 days to be “extended stays” and typically offers reduced rates to ensure occupancy. Travelers may also consider furnished apartments or similar types of lodging which are typically cheaper than room rates in commercial lodging. Data analysis demonstrates the flat rate per diem adequately covers lodging, meals, and incidental expenses, more accurately reflecting actual costs incurred.

Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center finance officials encourage Air Force travelers whose temporary duty travel exceeds 30 days and their approving officials to be knowledgeable of the policy.

“We want to make sure Air Force travelers and approving officials understand the policy when creating travel authorizations and filing vouchers so that payments can be made timely and accurately,” said Col. Burke Beaumont, deputy director of AFIMSC’s Resource Management Directorate.

The Defense Travel System features a program that routinely checks to ensure travelers comply with the policy that was initiated three years ago. Flat rate per diem information is available at the Defense Travel Management Office website at http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil.

 

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Managing editor

Chris Huber is the managing editor at the Rapid City Journal.