Starting next month the federal government is planning to pay more for federal employees traveling to New York City, San Francisco and other sites on official business.


The General Services Administration, which handles most purchasing for government agencies, sets the standard daily travel reimbursement rate at $123 — $77 for lodging and $46 for meals and incidentals. But about 400 “Non-Standard Areas” — mostly major metropolitan cities and counties — have higher rates based on a formula generated by GSA in consultation with the lodging industry that accounts for rental rates, time of year and property value.

GSA tweaks some prices at the mid-year point and is doing so in New York, San Francisco, Harrisburg, Pa., Bowling Green, Va. and some parts of Texas and Mississippi.

In New York, feds will be able to spend $212 per day on hotels, up from $192. The rate will climb to $224 in June and $295 in September. Those figures are up slightly from numbers released at the start of the fiscal year.

Out in San Francisco, feds will be able to spend up to $150 per day on lodging, up from $142. Rates will climb to $180 in the month of September.

In both cities, the per diem for meals and incidentals remains steady at $71 for the rest of the year.

You can chart the varying rates for cities and counties across the country by visiting

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