[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 172 (Wednesday, September 5, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 54578]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-21854]


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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

[Notice-MA-2012-02; Docket No. 2012-0004; Sequence 5]


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

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

ACTION: Notice of GSA Per Diem Bulletin FTR 13-01, Fiscal Year (FY) 
2013 Continental United States (CONUS) per diem rates.

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SUMMARY: The General Services Administration's (GSA) Fiscal Year (FY) 
2013 per diem review has resulted in lodging and meal allowance changes 
for certain locations within the continental United States (CONUS) to 
provide for reimbursement of Federal employees' expenses covered by per 
diem. All current non-standard area (NSA) lodging per diem rates will 
remain at FY 2012 levels for FY 2013. The standard lodging per diem 
rate of $77 will also continue to remain the same for FY 2013. The 
meals and incidental expense tiers remain unchanged for FY 2013 and 
range from $46-$71. GSA identified 10 new NSAs: Bakersfield/Ridgecrest, 
California (Kern County); Stockton, California (San Joaquin County); 
Hancock and Pearl River Counties in Mississippi; Sidney/Glendive, 
Montana (Richland and Dawson Counties); Dickinson/Beulah, North Dakota 
(Stark, Mercer, and Billings Counties); Minot, North Dakota (Ward 
County); Williston, North Dakota (Williams, Mountrail, and McKenzie 
Counties); Carlsbad, New Mexico (Eddy County); Watertown, New York 
(Jefferson County); and Pasco, Washington (Franklin County). The CONUS 
per diem rates prescribed in Bulletin 13-01 may be found at 
www.gsa.gov/perdiem. GSA bases the lodging rates on the average daily 
rate that the lodging industry reports to an independent organization. 
If a lodging rate or 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 (www.gsa.gov/perdiemfaqs) 
for more information on the special review process.
    In addition, the Federal Travel Regulation allows for actual 
expense reimbursement as provided in Sec. Sec.  301-11.300 through 301-
11.306.

DATES: This notice is effective on September 5, 2012 and applies for 
travel performed on or after October 1, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For clarification of content, contact 
Ms. Jill Denning, Office of Governmentwide Policy, Office of Asset and 
Transportation Management, at 202-208-7642, or by email at 
travelpolicy@gsa.gov. Please cite Notice of GSA Per Diem Bulletin FTR 
13-01.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    GSA issues and publishes the CONUS per diem rates, formerly 
published in Appendix A to 41 CFR Chapter 301, solely on the Internet 
at 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 27, 2012.
Janet Dobbs,
Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Asset and Transportation 
Management.
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