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. […]
The General Services Administration has removed a yearlong freeze on its federal per diem rates on hotels. Beginning this month, rates for federal employees increased from $77 per night to $83 per night. The news is mixed, however. Federal employees no longer will be permitted to spend more attending a conference than they do on […]
Nevada’s delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced legislation to stop federal agencies from canceling or avoiding meetings and conferences at resorts and casinos. The Protecting Resort Cities From Discrimination Act would outlaw policies that blacklist such properties from hosting legitimate federal government business. H.R. 1880 was assigned to the House Oversight and Government […]
A second senior official at the Veterans Affairs Department is out because of the 2011 conference spending scandal, one that led the U.S. General Services Administration to consider changes in FY2013 per diems for federal employees and threatened to shake the meeting and events industry. Alice Muellerweiss, the dean of VA’s Learning University, resigned Tuesday over […]
Meeting planners can’t keep the Euro from collapsing or prevent a double-dip U.S. recession. But they can prepare to be their own best advocates.
The U.S. General Services Administration has backed off its controversial plan to change federal per diem rates in FY2013, a big victory for hoteliers and the meeting and events industry. The GSA had planned to change how it calculates per diems for government travel, in effect limiting where federal employees could meet, how often and […]