This should be changed so that the approved travel would be limited to the continental United States. It is hard to fathom how an individual would incur $12,000 in expenses in one year, much less $30,000. I suggest that these limits be reduced by 50%.
This should be limited to $25-$50,000 per year. Why should we have to pay for it when you feel like going somewhere?
Also, you should pay for your own training, like those of us in the private sector have to.