Office of the Spokesman
February 12, 2003
Question Taken at February 10, 2003, Daily Press Briefing
Estimated Cost of Authorized Departures (Taken Question)
Question: What is the estimated average cost of an authorized departure?Released on February 10, 2003
Answer: In an authorized departure, the U.S. Government pays for the airfare and per diem costs (daily living expenses) for employee and family members who depart post. Authorized departures vary in cost depending on airfares, and on per diem costs in evacuation locations, as well as on the number of employees and family members who depart. In FY 2000, 8 posts were evacuated at a cost of $565,369; in FY 2001, 16 posts were evacuated at a cost of $3,091,000; and in FY 2002, 13 posts were evacuated at a cost of $2,602,000.