[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 167 (Monday, August 30, 2010)]
[Page 52947]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-21489]



Maximum Per Diem Rates for the Continental United States (CONUS)

AGENCY: Office of Governmentwide Policy (OGP), General Services 
Administration (GSA).

ACTION: Notice of Per Diem Bulletin 11-01, Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 
Continental United States (CONUS) per diem rates.


SUMMARY: The General Services Administration's (GSA) annual per diem 
review has resulted in lodging and meal allowance changes for locations 
within CONUS to provide for the reimbursement of Federal employees' 
expenses covered by per diem. This Per Diem Bulletin updates the 
maximum per diem amounts in existing per diem localities and updates 
the standard CONUS rate. The CONUS per diem rates prescribed in 
Bulletin 11-01 may be found at http://www.gsa.gov/perdiem. GSA bases 
the lodging per diem rates on the average daily rate that the lodging 
industry reports to an independent organization. The use of such data 
in the per diem rate setting process enhances the government's ability 
to obtain policy-compliant lodging where it is needed. In conjunction 
with the annual lodging study, GSA identified five new non-standard 
areas (NSAs): West Des Moines, Iowa (Dallas County); Queen Anne County, 
Maryland; Moab, Utah (Grand County); Richland, Washington (Benton 
County); and Berkeley County, West Virginia.
    If a per diem rate is insufficient to meet necessary expenses in 
any given location, Federal executive agencies can request that GSA 
review that location. Please review numbers five and six of GSA's per 
diem Frequently Asked Questions at (http://www.gsa.gov/perdiemfaqs) for 
more information on the special review process.
    In addition, the Federal Travel Regulation allows for actual 
expense reimbursement as directed in Sec.  301-11.300 through 301-
11.306. GSA may begin asking agencies for data related to their use of 
actual expense approvals; if so, more information will be forthcoming.

DATES: This notice is effective October 1, 2010, and applies for travel 
performed on or after October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For clarification of content, contact 
Ms. Jill Denning, Office of Governmentwide Policy, Office of Travel, 
Transportation, and Asset Management, at (202) 208-7642, or by e-mail 
at [email protected]. Please cite Notice of Per Diem Bulletin 11-01.


A. Background

    After analyzing recent lodging data, GSA determined that lodging 
rates for certain localities do not adequately reflect the current 
lodging markets. GSA used the same lodging rate setting methodology for 
establishing the FY 2011 per diem rates as when establishing the FY 
2010 rates.
    GSA issues and publishes the CONUS per diem rates, formerly 
published in Appendix A to 41 CFR Chapter 301, solely on the Internet 
at http://www.gsa.gov/perdiem. This process, implemented in 2003, 
ensures more timely changes in per diem rates established by GSA for 
Federal employees on official travel within CONUS. Notices published 
periodically in the Federal Register, such as this one, now constitute 
the only notification of revisions in CONUS per diem rates to agencies.

    Dated: August 23, 2010.
Craig Flynn,
Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator.
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