CONUS per diem rates released for fiscal 2015

Some of the continental United States (CONUS) per diem rates will change for fiscal year 2015. The Government Services Agency (GSA) establishes the per diem rates for the United States, which are the maximum allowances that federal employees are reimbursed for expenses incurred while on official travel. The CONUS per diem rate for an area is actually three allowances: the lodging allowance, the meals allowance and the incidental expense allowance.

The Per Diem Bulletin updates the maximum per diem rates in existing per diem localities, and adds two new non-standard areas (NSAs): Kayenta, AZ (Navajo County), and San Angelo, TX (Tom Green County). Elmore County, ID is now included with the Sun Valley, ID NSA location. The Middlebury, VT (Addison County) NSA has been combined with the Burlington/St. Albans, VT (Chittenden/Franklin Counties) NSA. Finally, the Manhattan NSA has been renamed New York City, which more accurately recognizes that GSA no longer sets rates for individual New York City boroughs as had been done in the past.

The standard CONUS lodging rate will remain unchanged in FY 2015 at $83. The meals and incidental expense tiers also remain unchanged for FY 2015 and range from $46-$71. The per diems will be reproduced in a future Report at ¶795. The 2015 highlights and state by state per diem rates can also be located at: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/103168 and http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/102886. (FTR Per Diem Bulletin 15-01, August 6, 2015.)

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