by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 30, 2013
The U.S. General Services Administration has unfrozen the government-wide per diem travel reimbursement rates for fiscal year 2014, with most rates rising. The 2013 rates had been kept at the 2012 levels. The GSA establishes the per diem rates for the lower 48 Continental United States (CONUS), reflecting the maximum allowances that federal employees are reimbursed for their official travel. According to the GSA, most of the CONUS is covered by the standard lodging per diem of $83 (federal employees are then allowed $46 a day for meals and incidental expenses). About 400 nonstandard areas have higher per diem rates. An easy way to search the rates is through the GSA's mobile app, available here; the rates also can be found here. More on the per diem rates for fiscal year 2014 can be found here.