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GSA Updates Per Diem Rates in Five Locations

GSA responds rapidly to federal employees’ request to revise rates to meet market conditions.

GSA #12135

March 25, 2010
Contact: Jeffrey Woodworth, (202) 501-1231

WASHINGTON — Five counties in Kansas, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, and Texas will see increases to the federal per diem reimbursement rates for government travel following the latest revisions to the per diem allowances set by the U.S. General Services Administration, the agency announced today. The new rates are effective April 1, 2010.

The counties that will receive a per diem rate increase are: Leavenworth, Kan.; Dona Ana, N.M.; Oswego, N.Y.; Bristol, R.I; and Midland, Texas.

Per diem is the allowance for lodging (excluding taxes), meals and incidental expenses incurred by federal employees on official travel.

The fiscal year 2010 per diem revisions are the direct result of reviews requested by federal agencies whose employees could not find lodging in the locations at the prevailing per diem rate.

Under federal statute implemented through the Federal Travel Regulation, GSA is tasked with setting per diem reimbursement allowances for more than 8,000 destinations within the continental United States. GSA uses the average daily rate, a widely accepted lodging industry performance measure, to determine all lodging rates. GSA reevaluates rates annually to reflect local market conditions.

The changes and more information on how GSA establishes per diem rates are posted online at

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