Fedweek

GSA has set new per diem rates for federal employees on official travel effective October 1, slightly increasing both the standard lodging and the “meals and incidentals” portions. It also increased the M&IE portion for destinations with their own lodging rates by several dollars and in many cases increased those lodging rates slightly, as well.

For fiscal 2019, there will be 325 destinations with specific rates, as before many of them with different rates by season. In destinations with specific lodging rates, the M&IE portion will vary from $55 to $76, up from a range of $51 to $74. The highest daily lodging rate, $394, will apply December-March in Vail, Colo. Other top rates include Telluride, Colo., $383 January-March; Aspen, Colo., $349 December-March; and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., $323 June-September.

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For destinations without their own lodgings rates, a standard lodging rate of $94 and a standard M&IE rate of $55 will apply, up from $93 and $51, respectively. About two dozen prior specific locations will fall under the catchall rate, while just one, Marietta, Ga., was newly assigned its own rate.

M&IE rates are prorated at 75 percent for the first and last day of travel. They also are reduced for meals provided at government expense during travel, for example a dinner at a conference.