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FY 2020 Per Diem Rates for Federal Travelers Released

WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration today released the fiscal year (FY) 2020 travel per diem rates, which will take effect on October 1, 2019.  By law, GSA sets these rates for the continental United States annually. Per diem rates provide caps, or maximums, to the amounts that can be reimbursed to federal employees for lodging and meals while on official travel. Lodging per diem rates are based on local market costs of mid-priced hotels. 

GSA’s lodging per diem rate methodology for FY 2020 was the same as previous years and includes taking five percent off of the final average daily rate in each location, which provides an additional savings measure. The standard lodging rate for FY 2020 applies to approximately 2,600 counties and will increase from $94 to $96, which is the average adjustment. The standard meal & incidental expenses (M&IE) rate remains $55.

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