The GSA today issued the 2018 per diem rates to go into effect on October 1st, 2017. Most locations within the United States (CONUS rates) will maintain the same $144 per diem rate:
- $93 for lodging
- $51 for meals and incidental expenses.
According to the GSA "FY 2018 Per Diem Highlights, "In fiscal year (FY) 2018, there are 332 Non-Standard Areas (NSAs) that have per diem rates higher than the standard CONUS rate." You can see which cities remain on the list here.
While there were no additional NSAs this year, 14 locations did move from high rates for per diems to the regular rate of $144. You can find a list of those cities here.
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What it means for employers: If you're planning a trip next year, be sure to look up which cities are still on the list for NSAs, and make adjustments as necessary to your per diem calculations. You might already be planning some trips during 2018, so it's a smart idea to be prepared.
What it means for our customers: Because our per diem engine receives automatic updates from the GSA with the current year's rates (depending on the city), our customers don't need to make any changes. Simply use our per diem management tool as usual.
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