Monday, August 30, 2010

Can Fido come too? Relocating overseas with pets - what costs are allowable?

  Many of us, traveling overseas from post to post, cherish the comfort of a constant companionship and feeling of home that our pets provide.  We go to great lengths to bring our pets to some of the most remote areas of the world.  One of the Foreign Service officers we know flew her dog to a neighboring country and drove overland to arrive at her post in Southeast Asia, in order to avoid quarantine restrictions.  KLM or Austrian Air are arguably the best airlines when it comes to pet transportation.  Amsterdam and Vienna both have pet lay-over hotels, where your pets are taken during your stop-over to be fed and walked by dedicated and efficient personnel, without you having to leave the transit zone. The cost depends on the size of your pet and/or kennel and can run up to $1,750 for a one way trip to Cairo.
However, transporting your pets out of the country is not as simple as booking them a ticket and waving goodbye as they board the plane.  There are special vaccinations to administer, electronic chips to embed (EU regulations), paperwork to be done, special kennels to be bought.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Defense Base Act Basics - Free Presentation

I am excited to share this free presentation for USAID contractors and grantees who are interested in learning about DBA and how to explain it to their staff.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

"Open Skies" are finally open to USAID Contractors

The new and improved Open Skies Agreement allows USAID contractors to travel on EU airlines without worrying about city-pair fares.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Vendors or Grantees? Substance over Form

Understanding when to issue a sub-grant and when to compete a vendor contract under USAID assistance instruments can help you pass the ever frequent DCAA and other audits and avoid disallowance of costs.