Import M&IE Breakdown

This feature allows for the importing of M&IE (Meals and Incidental Expenses) Breakdown rate information into the Unanet system.  

By default, the system will not have any specific values loaded and thus will determine the M&IE Breakdown amounts based on a set of percentages (that apply to any specific rate not included in the M&IE Breakdown table).  If you would like to provide specific amounts to meet your policy, you can load entries via this import or via the Admin >> Setup >> Per Diem M&IE screen.  See the help associated with that screen for more information about the M&IE Breakdown default percentages, daily proration and more.


This screen is available to users having any of the following roles: Administrator and P&R Administrator


This feature is available with any Unanet edition.

Performance Tip Note:  Depending on the number of users in your installation and other factors such as the overall performance of your platform, the activity of importing one or many files may take up to several minutes.  Should this be the case with your installation, you may want to consider running these processes at non-peak times to minimize database contention.


Topics covered on this help page include:

Sources for M&IE Breakdown Rate Information

There are a number of available sources for this type of M&IE data -- each potentially having a slightly different layout.  Each Unanet customer will be responsible for selecting and manipulating the source file into the Unanet format specified below.   Further, you will also need to determine the frequency with which this data must be re-imported / updated.  

Below is one known US source for this type of data.  Unanet does not vouch for the accuracy/content of the data provided by this site:

Import File Record Layout



Field Header Name





ALWAYS REQUIRED.  M&IE Per Diem allowance value.  

Numeric format -- NUMBER (15,3).  For example: "001234567890.123".




ALWAYS REQUIRED.  Amount of M&IE Rate attributable to breakfast.  

Numeric format -- NUMBER (15,3).   For example: "001234567890.123".




ALWAYS REQUIRED.  Amount of M&IE Rate attributable to lunch.  

Numeric format -- NUMBER (15,3).  For example: "001234567890.123".




ALWAYS REQUIRED.  Amount of M&IE Rate attributable to dinner.  

Numeric format -- NUMBER (15,3).  For example: "001234567890.123".




ALWAYS REQUIRED.  Amount of M&IE Rate attributable to incidental expenses.  

Numeric format -- NUMBER (15,3).  For example: "001234567890.123".


If a matching M&IE Rate entry is found for a record being imported, the existing entry in the Unanet database will be updated to match the import record.  If no matching M&IE Rate entry is found for a record being imported, a new entry will be created in the Unanet database for the imported record.

Also note that the import will enforce that the sum of the values for fields 2 through 5 must equal the value of the entry in field 1.

Note: Check out the Unanet Data model for specific field data types, lengths, and other attributes.

Import File Format

The file to import must be saved in a comma delimited format.   The fields can be enclosed in double quotes -- which would be particularly necessary should the data being imported contain commas.

Importing a Sub-Set of Columns using a Field Header Record

If you are not using the default column layout sequence as defined above, you must include a header record (prefixed with an asterisk *), containing the column Header Names for those columns you are including in the import file (to indicated what data is contained in each column).  The specific Header Names for each column are listed in the table above.

Excel Template

You can create the comma delimited import file with any number of tools.  For those interested in using an Excel spreadsheet to create the file, you can download an Excel Template with predefined headers and required fields noted.  

See the Excel Tips regarding the use of double quotes and more.

Import Screen

The Import Approval Group screen simply looks like:

Field Descriptions:



Type of Import

Select the appropriate import type from the list of available types of imports.

File to Import

Enter (or browse for) the file that you would like to import.

Output Options

Specify the level of detail included in the output.  


The import process is triggered by pressing the Import button.  All Warnings and Error messages are written to the screen and can then be saved if desired.  While some line items may be found invalid and rejected, the remaining line items will be successfully imported and saved in the database.  The rejected line items will be written out to a file on the Unanet server as well as displayed at the bottom of the user feedback screen.  The rejected record file name will be UnanetMieBreakdownImportErrorxxx, where xxx is a randomly generated number.  The file will be placed in the Unanet temporary directory (which is defined by the Temp Directory (Fully Qualified Directory Name) (unanet.temp_directory) Unanet property).

Sample File

If you would like to experiment in a test environment, you can download and import a sample M&IE Breakdown file from our Support web-site.  The sample M&IE breakdown file has the first 50 breakdown entries from a US DOS listing. These are all whole dollar amounts from $1.00 to $50.00 inclusive.

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