The General Services Administration has adjusted its per-diem rates for fiscal year 2015, keeping the standard continental U.S. rate at $83. Some non-standard rates went up, others down, depending on the city and time of year.
Non-standard areas are those regions to which federal employees frequently travel. Added to the list for 2015: Kayenta, Ariz. (Navajo County) and San Angelo, Texas (Tom Green County).
Non-standard rates are reviewed every year, standard rates every three years.
A sampling of the adjustments:
- The New York (Manhattan) fall rate rose $1, from $303 to $304.
- Chicago’s fall rate fell $15, from $209 to $194, but its summer rate increased by $26, from $166 to $192.
- San Francisco’s fall rate went up $25, from $226 to $251.
- Washington, D.C.’s fall rate increased $3, from $219 to $222, while its summer rate fell $5, from $167 to $162.
The GSA uses its own methodology to determine the rates and said about 11,500 hotels were used to set the new per diems. The rates have been a bit of a hot issue in the planning industry in recent years. In 2013, the GSA considered using a methodology that would have excluded top-tier hotels, meaning lower per-diem rates in most markets. After a lot of industry pushback, it ultimately decided to freeze rates.