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by Michael J. Shapiro | August 12, 2016

The United States General Services Administration has released per-diem rates for the 2017 fiscal year, which will go into effect on Oct. 1. The GSA establishes federal per-diem rates, which are used by government travelers, based on market data provided by STR. The new rates can be found in the look-up table here [http://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/100120].

The standard continental U.S. rate has increased from $89 to $91 for the coming fiscal year. The GSA is not adding any new "nonstandard areas" with higher rates for the coming year, the agency noted, and in fact moved three 2016 NSAs down to the standard category. They are: Lexington Park/Leonardtown/Lusby, Md.; New Bern, N.C.; and Minot, N.D.

The GSA might review some elements of its per-diem methodology, according to the American Hotel and Lodging Association, which works closely with the government each year to lobby for realistic market rates. The GSA has yet to confirm any changes in methodology, however.