If the equipment is self-owned, reimbursement will be based on actual cost of ownership not to exceed the maximum allowable. If equipment is from an outside supplier, the engineer must secure a minimum of three written quotes. The Department reserves the right to request additional quotes.
iPad Device Requirements:
All inspection staff are required to have iPads with 4G service unless otherwise agreed to by the Department.
PennDOT apps are designed to support iPad 4 or newer which are running the latest version of iOS.
iPad's must have at least a minimum of 16 GB internal storage.
Cost of device and IT support services will be the responsibility of the consultant.
Cellular service costs may be reimbursed if the firm can provide a written policy to ensure direct project costs. This documentation must be attached to the technical proposal for each firm charging cellular service.
The consultant will also need to enroll in the Apple VPP.
All custom B2B apps will be made available to business partners through the Apple VPP store. This requires creating a Business Apple ID at deploy.apple.com. To register, you will need to provide a business phone number and email address, Dun & Bradstreet number, valid business address and a tax registration number, if applicable. Once this process is complete, notify PennDOT in accordance with the Apple Business Guide of your Apple ID and Requested Apps. For security purposes, PennDOT iPad apps are provided only to approved business partners through the VPP store. This access is controlled by your Business Apple ID. Once you have registered, provide your businesss Apple ID along with the requested apps to PennDOT by contacting the PennDOT IT Service Desk. Once your account has been approved and the apps made available, you will be contacted by PennDOT. For more detail on enrolling in Apple VPP or Downloading and Distributing apps from the VPP Store, please refer to the Apple VPP Business Guide. For any questions related to the PennDOT approval process or ECMS credentials, please visit
A maximum daily reimbursement amount for mileage to and from the work site will be established by multiplying 150 miles by the maximum Department allowable mileage rate per mile. The maximum reimbursed mileage is 75 miles each way for any given day. Mileage will be reimbursed for the shortest distance route from the inspector's residence to the work site and return using primarily state routes. A commuting distance of 15 miles each direction will be considered a normal commuting distance from the inspector's residence and will not be eligible for mileage reimbursement. An inspector will be reimbursed for either mileage to and from the work site or lodging, but will not be reimbursed for a combination of the two during the same day.
If using Lodging:
The only exception to the mileage above would be the first day of the work week if lodging is used. Mileage to the jobsite, up to 75 miles, and lodging for the first night will be allowed. Lodging will be reimbursed up to the current GSA maximum allowable lodging rates for the area where the inspector is working in lieu of mileage. Receipts for all costs must be provided to the Department upon request. Lodging will be reimbursed only for employees whose homes are more than 65 miles from the work site. The current GSA maximum allowable lodging rate for the month invoiced is required to be submitted with each invoice when lodging reimbursement is requested. Mileage home on the last day of the week would be reimbursed up to 75 miles home.
If using extended stay lodging through a hotel or apartment lodging for projects of long duration (60 days or more) the following management directive will apply:
The Department will need to approve the specifics regarding the rental costs. The documentation include calculations supporting the proposed costs prior to the firm actually using an apartment/hotel as extended lodging. The analysis should include the cost breakdown that shows the cost savings for renting an apartment as opposed to staying in a hotel daily. Therefore, the firm would need to show the cost benefit vs. paying for the normal lodging. The firm should come up with the total cost as a monthly cost (this being lower than lodging for a month) and the cost would be entered under Other Costs at a number of months (units) at the given cost. If the price proposal is already developed then you can enter the cost in the Commute/Lodging Miles category and include a comment that this cost includes the apartment lodging.
The following rule has been adopted from the Commonwealth Travel Manual 230.1
"Reimbursement will be limited to lodging, necessary utilities (cable and phone are excluded), and mileage or transportation costs for a biweekly roundtrip between the worksite and the traveler's permanent residence or headquarters. Subsistence expenses are not allowed. Mileage is not paid between lodging and temporary worksite."