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GSA Announces 1999 Per Diem Rates for Federal Travelers

GSA News Release
U.S. General Services Administration, Washington, DC 20405
GSA #9538
December 2, 1998
Contact: Eleni Martin (202) 501-1231
Bill Rivers (202) 208-7631

GSA Announces 1999 Per Diem Rates for Federal Travelers
New per diem rates compensate travelers fairly and protect the interest of taxpayers


WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced updated per diem rates for federal employees on official travel in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia. The rates, published in the Federal Register today, take effect January 1, 1999.

For 1999, GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy, which is in charge of setting the rates, has focused on refining the per diem setting process to ensure more accurate reimbursement for Federal travelers. Significant changes in 1999:

� Taxes not included in the 1999 base per diem rates -- The 1999 per diem rates do not include an allowance for taxes. Taxes will now be paid separately from the room rate based on the actual tax expense incurred by the traveler

� Breakout of metropolitan area per diem rates -- Per diem rates have been set separately for local and surrounding areas in major metropolitan localities, allowing for a more accurate reflection of travel costs in these areas. Your per diem is based on where you conduct your business.

� Multiple per diem rates set for some counties -- In some cases, more than one rate has been set for a county to reflect lodging industry differences within that county.

� In, Out, and Shoulder per diem rates increase travel flexibility --
In addition to the "in" and "out" seasonal rates we have now added a "shoulder" rate that bridges the seasonal rates.

� Laundry/Dry Cleaning expense coverage removed from incidental expenses -- Laundry/dry cleaning will now be a separately vouchered and paid item based on actual expenses incurred.

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� New Meals and Incidental Expenses (M&IE) Tier -- The rates for meals and incidental expenses now include an additional tier of $46.

The federal per diem rates are based on a lodgings-plus system, whereby employees are reimbursed for the actual cost of lodging up to a set limit. In addition, they receive a fixed amount for meals and incidental expenses. Individual rates have been set for 587 higher-cost U.S. cities. Lodging in these locations is paid by the government up to a set limit and reimbursement for meals and incidental expenses ranges from a low of $30 to a new high of $46.

GSA's per diem rates also apply to employees of certain government vendors when traveling in connection with federal contracts. Travel per diem rates for locations outside the continental United States -- Alaska, Hawaii, and the U.S. territories and possessions -- are set by the Department of Defense. Rates for international travel are set by the State Department.

A complete list of the 1999 per diem rates is on the Internet after the rates have been published in the Federal Register. The address is http://www.policyworks.gov/PERDIEM. For more information, contact: Bill Rivers at 202-208-7631.


Examples of New Rates for Some Cities



City New Rate Current Rate

Lodging Meals Total Lodging Meals Total

Chicago $104 $46 $150 $120 $42 $162
Dallas $89 $46 $135 $94 $42 $136
Denver $80 $42 $122 $92 $34 $126
Ft. Worth $69 $38 $107 $94 $42 $136
Kansas City, MO $85 $42 $127 $88 $42 $130
Kansas City, KS $51 $30 $81 $88 $42 $130
Los Angeles $95 $46 $141 $109 $42 $151
Manhattan, NY $195 $46 $241 $198 $42 $240
Queens Borough, NY $159 $46 $205 $198 $42 $240
San Francisco $129 $46 $175 $120 $42 $162
Washington, DC $115 $46 $161 $126 $42 $168


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