Federal employees will be reimbursed at higher rates for lodging in some large cities while on official travel during the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
The General Services Administration announced Thursday that fiscal 2012 lodging rates for those traveling to the Washington, D.C., area, for example, will increase from $211 to $226 a day during the peak months of September and October, and from $211 to $224 a day in March through June.
Federal travelers also receive a separate “meals and incidental expenses” reimbursement which will continue to range from $46 to $71 a day.
GSA sets individual per diem rates for some 400 travel destinations based on a travel industry measure, with rates in some locations varying by season. The highest daily lodging rate, $296, will apply in December through March in Vail, Colo.
The New York City area will be close behind, with a peak lodging rate of $295 in September through December. Employees traveling to both of those locations will receive the maximum $71 meals and expenses reimbursement that commonly applies to destinations where lodging costs are the highest.
Other high-rate destinations will include Nantucket, Mass., with a lodging rate of $249 a day in June through September; Boston, $221 in September and October; Key West, Fla., $221 in February through April; and Chicago and San Francisco, $190 and $184 respectively in September and October.
In most cases those rates will be up on the order of $10-$20 a day from current rates.
For travel destinations with no specific rate, a flat rate of $77 for lodging and $46 for meals and other expenses will continue to apply.
GSA said that overall, fiscal 2012 rates will be similar to current levels, with most not increasing or decreasing more than $5 a day. Rates overall remain below their peak in 2008, it added.