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2011 Federal Employee Travel Per Diem Rates
The General Services Administration (GSA), the federal agency charged with
establishing per diem rates for federal travel, released per diem reimbursement
rates for fiscal year 2011, which will take effect on Oct. 1.
Per diem is the allowance provided to government employees for lodging
(excluding taxes), meals and incidental expenses incurred while on official
government travel. Federal government per diem rates, calculated based on widely
accepted industry measures, provide effective stewardship of taxpayer
The daily rate is a commonly used performance indicator in the hotel industry
that represents the average rental income per occupied room in a given time
period. FY2011 rates reflect an overall decrease of 3.85 percent when compared
to FY2010 rates.
In establishing per diem rates, GSA sets two different kinds of rates --- a
standard per diem rate and a non-standard per diem rate. Most areas,
approximately 2,600 counties, are covered by a standard per diem rate. The
standard rate, which is reviewed every three years, is an aggregate of rates for
locations across the country, not including those locations that are considered
non-standard. For FY2011, the standard per diem rate has been adjusted
upward to $77 to reflect the average daily rate for lodging across the country.
Reimbursement for meals and incidental expenses remain unchanged from FY2010
ranging from $46 through $71 for meals per day depending on the location and $5
for incidental expenses.
GSA also sets per diem rates for 378 "Nonstandard Areas" in the United
States. Nonstandard areas are frequently traveled by the federal community
and are reviewed annually. Of these 378 areas, 310 will see decreases in
their FY2011 rates, 50 will increase, and 18 will remain the same. The per diem
rate is the maximum allowable reimbursement rates for federal travelers.
Agencies may authorize actual expenses consistent with the Federal Travel
GSA has statutory responsibility to establish actual and necessary expense
reimbursements and per diem allowances for federal employees traveling on
For all full list of all FY2011 per diem rates per location or for
more information on how GSA determines federal per diem rates, http://www.GSA.gov/perdiem.