The General Services Administration (GSA) has announced the daily Per Diem reimbursement rates for federal employees in FY2016.

These rates are the maximum amounts a federal employee can receive as reimbursement for allowable expenses while on official duty travel. GSA sets per diem rates for locations in CONUS. 

Per Diem rates in Standard areas in the Continental United States (CONUS) for lodging will be $89 in FY2016, up from $83 in FY2015. Rates for and meals and incidental expenses (M&IE) will be $51 in FY2016, $5 higher than those in FY2015.  The Standard area rate covers most of the continental CONUS counties. 

Per Diem rates for lodging for the some 400 Non-Standard areas (NSAs) will vary depending on local conditions. The M&IE rate for NSAs will to range from $54 to $74.

The CONUS MI&E rates for Standard areas will now be based on the change in the Consumer Price Index for “Food Away from Home” while M&IE rates for NSAs will continue to be based on surveys of local restaurants.

All rates become effective on October 1, 2015.

According to the GSA Per Diem Bulletin FTR 16-01, there will be two new NSA’s in FY2016: Grand Lake, CO (Grand County) and Pecos, TX (Reeves County). The Belle Mead, NJ NSA will be renamed to Somerset.

GA also announced that 15 NSA locations will become Standard areas: 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; and Shepherdstown, WV.