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                                                    UPDATE ON GSA FISCAL YEAR 2018 LODGING AND PER DIEM
Article via…. Government Executive August 11, 2017
GSA to Increase Lodging Reimbursements for Feds This Fall
GSA reclassified 14 areas that were previously non-standard areas as places that will be subject to the standard rate beginning on Oct. 1. Those places below are;
  • Redding, Calif
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Bonner’s Ferry/Sandpoint, Idaho
  • Dickinson/Beulah, N.D.
  • Watertown, N.Y.
  • Youngstown, Ohio
  • Enid, Okla.
  • Mechanicsburg, Penn.
  • Scranton, Penn.
  • Laredo, Texas
  • McAllen, Texas
  • Pearsall, Texas
  • San Angelo, Texas
  • Gillette, Wyo.
GSA state by state listing of per diem rates beginning October 1st for fiscal year 2018
QUESTION...What are the current government reimbursable mileage rates?
ANSWER...Mileage Rates Decrease Slightly The GSA has decreased the mileage reimbursement rate for federal employees using their personal vehicles for official business from 54 to 53.5 cents per mile for calendar year 2017 (17 cents when a government-furnished vehicle is available, down from 19 cents). The new rate for using a motorcycle is 50.5 cents per mile, down from 51 and for using a privately owned airplane it’s $1.15 per mile, down from $1.17. The decrease in the so-called “POV” rate mirrors a recently announced decrease in a rate the IRS uses for certain tax deductibility purposes; the two commonly, but not necessarily, are equal. 
                                    GOVERNMENT TRAVEL RELATED NEWS 
Lawmakers have granted relief to service members and Defense civilian employees on extended government travel from a controversial 2014 department policy that reduced their per diem rates. The individual military services would have the authority to pay the full per diem available for long-term government travel for Defense employees if they choose to, under language included in the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. 

On Dec. 8, Congress sent the massive bill to President Obama who earlier had threatened to veto both the House and Senate versions of the NDAA. The service secretaries also would have the discretion to delegate that authority down to officers at the level of lieutenant general, vice admiral or above. So, for instance, the Navy secretary could delegate authority to the head of NAVSEA to provide workers with the full per diem for long-term TDY (temporary duty). 

The legislation also would allow the services to waive a requirement to keep and process per diem receipts in cases where it would be costly and burdensome to do so. 

The Defense secretary would not be able to override that authority under the provision. 

A November 2014 Pentagon policy resulted in lower reimbursement rates for lodging, meals and other expenses for service members and civilian employees on extended TDY. 

The policy reduced the reimbursement rates by 25 percent for long-term TDY of 31 to 180 days, and by 45 percent for travel exceeding 180 days. So for long-term TDY of 31 to 180 days, the reimbursement rate is up to 75 percent of the locality rate (lodging plus meals and incidentals) for each full day during that time frame; for travel lasting more than 180 days, it drops to 55 percent of the locality rate for each full day under the policy. 

The governmentwide standard lodging per diem rate for fiscal 2017, which took effect on Oct. 1, 2016, is $91, a $2 increase from the previous fiscal year. Meals and incidental expenses range from $51-$74 per day. So, the Pentagon’s reimbursement rates for long-term TDY are below those figures, depending on the length of the stay.