The lodgings portion of per diem rates for federal employees traveling on official business will increase for some locations in fiscal year 2023 starting October 1, the GSA has said.
Lodgings rates vary for what will be 316 destinations in fiscal 2023; in some, those rates vary seasonally, as well. A flat lodgings rate applies for other destinations, which will increase from $96 to $98 per day.
The “meals and incidental expenses” portion will continue to range from $59 to $79 per day for destinations with specific rates, while the standard “M&IE” for other destinations will be unchanged at $59.
All lodging rates had been frozen for the current fiscal year at the fiscal 2021 levels, although the range for the M&IE portion increased, as did the standard M&IE rate.
“GSA bases the maximum lodging allowances on historical average daily rate (ADR) data, less five percent. However, the COVID-19 pandemic led to unprecedented declines in ADR, followed by a volatile hotel industry recovery,” an announcement said.
“In light of these conditions, GSA made upward adjustments based on recent ADR data. FY 2022 rates, which were based on pre-pandemic data, served as a floor to ensure that maximum lodging allowances for federal travelers are sufficient in FY 2023 as the hotel industry recovery continues,” it said.
No destinations were added to the list of those with specific rates for fiscal 2023 while three—Cromwell/Old Saybrook, Conn.; El Paso, Texas; and Rock Springs, Wyo.—will be dropped from that list and standard rates will apply there.
The rates are at gsa.gov/perdiem (note that the fiscal 2022 rates continue to apply for travel through September 30).