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GSA Issues 2003 Federal Per Diem Rates

GSA # 9978

August 30, 2002
Contact: Eleni Martin (202) 501-1231

WASHINGTON, DC--The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced fiscal year 2003 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 October 1, 2002. A complete listing of the new per diem rates is available on the Internet at

This year, after carefully analyzing the travel market, the GSA Office of Governmentwide Policy decided to keep the FY 2002 lodging rates in the majority of the designated markets through FY 2003 and to maintain the standard CONUS per diem rate of $85 ($55 for lodging and $30 for meals and incidental expenses).

Based on GSA's review and analysis of meals, the meals and incidental expenses (M&IE) increased in over 400 cities. This year a new $50 M&IE rate tier was created. It will apply in the following cities: San Diego, San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, San Jose, Los Angeles, Cambridge (MA), Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Washington, DC, Chicago, St. Louis, Manhattan, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Seattle.

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.

The next meeting of the Per Diem Advisory Board meeting is scheduled on September 19 in Washington DC. The Board will review the current per diem process and federal government travel programs and present GSA with recommendations for improvements while recognizing the impact upon key stakeholders, federal travelers, and federal budgets. Meetings will be held monthly through December 2002. A complete list of meetings is posted on the Internet at:

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