If you are a
federal employee, and you use your own airplane for government
business, you won't be reimbursed as much as you were in 2002, the
In 2002, if you were lucky enough to be flying yourself, you may
recall the lusty figure of 97.5¢ per mile traveled; now,
that's been reduced to 95.5¢.
The change is due to the IRS's assessment of the per-mile costs
of operation. In case you hadn't noticed, flying is cheaper
Don't feel bad: if you were riding your motorcycle for
government business, you'd be getting just 27.5¢ per mile, as
opposed to the more-profligate 28¢ cents paid last year.
[Let's see: the IRS thinks it's less than 3 1/2 times as expensive
to fly, as to ride. That's realistic, right? Answer: it's as
realistic as the rest of the IRS... --ed.]