2020 Per Diem Rates Released

August 9, 2019 4:29 PM , Updated August 20, 2019 7:28 AM
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The General Services Administration has released the per diem rates for fiscal year 2020.

The new rates go into effect on October 1, 2019 and can be found on the GSA website at http://www.gsa.gov/perdiem.

Federal employees who travel for work can look forward to a slightly higher standard lodging rate which went from $94 to $96. The standard meal and incidental rates remains unchanged at $55. This is a change from 2019 which saw an increase in the rates over the previous year.

The meals and incidentals break down as follows:

M&IE Total (1)Continental 
Breakfast/ 
Breakfast (2)
Lunch (2)Dinner (2)Incidental
Expenses
First & Last Day of Travel (3)
$55$13$14$23$5$41.25
$56$13$15$23$5$42.00
$61$14$16$26$5$45.75
$66$16$17$28$5$49.50
$71$17$18$31$5$53.25
$76$18$19$34$5$57.00

The per diem rates apply to travel within the continental United States (CONUS).

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