GSA Announces Fiscal Year 2006 Per Diem Rates
September 1, 2005
Contact: Mary Alice Johnson, (202) 501-1231
WASHINGTON -- The federal government’s Fiscal Year 2006 standard allowance for lodging, meals and incidental expenses for federal travelers on official business in the continental United States increased to $99 a day, up from $91, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced today. The 2006 standard CONUS lodging rate remains at $60 in approximately 2,700 counties.
GSA uses the average daily rate, a widely accepted lodging-industry measure to set per diem lodging rates in areas where the standard CONUS rate is inadequate for federal agencies. In 2006, GSA set separate rates 384 areas.
A nationwide meals study was also completed this year to more accurately reflect actual prices charged by restaurants in areas frequented by Federal travelers. Based upon data received from more than 10,000 restaurants, the Meals and Incidental Expense (M&IE) tiers will now range from $39 - $64 depending upon the location.
Under the Federal Travel Regulation, GSA is authorized to set per diem rates in the continental United States. The Fiscal Year 2006 per diem rates are posted online at www.gsa.gov/perdiem.
GSA is a centralized, federal procurement, property management, policy development and information provision agency, created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. In this role, GSA acquires products and services on behalf of federal agencies; plays a key role in developing and implementing government-wide policies; provides services and solutions for the office operations of more than one million federal workers; and encourages a citizen-centric relationship with government by providing a single "point of entry" to the information and services citizens need in a timeframe they can appreciate. This allows citizens to receive accurate, timely and consistent answers and information, and helps federal agencies better respond to citizen inquiries.