CONUS per diem rates released for fiscal 2016

Some of the continental United States (CONUS) per diem rates will change for fiscal year 2016. 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): Grand Lake, CO (Grand County) and Pecos, TX (Reeves County). The Belle Mead, NJ NSA has been renamed Somerset, which more accurately recognizes the major city in the county. In addition, in FY 2016, 15 locations that were NSAs in FY 2015 will move into the standard CONUS rate category. They include: Destination/State Huntsville, AL Modesto, CA Driggs/Idaho Falls, ID Springfield, IL Covington/Slidell, LA Hattiesburg, MS Los Alamos, NM Stateline/Carson City, NV Oak Ridge, TN Greenville, TX Fredericksburg, VA Norfolk/Portsmouth, VA Prince William/Manassas, VA Anacortes/Coupeville, WA Shepherdstown, WV.

The standard CONUS lodging rate will increase for FY 2016 to $89. The standard meals and incidental expense (M&IE) rate will be $51. The total rate will be $140. The M&IE and incidental expense tiers for NSAs for FY 2016 will range from $54-$74. The breakout for individual meals will be breakfast: $11-$17; lunch: $12-$18; dinner: $23-$34. The IE rate will be $5.

The per diems will be reproduced in a future Report at ¶795. The 2016 highlights and state by state per diem rates can also be located at: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/100000. (FTR Per Diem Bulletin 16-01, August 14, 2015.)

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