GSA FY2016 per diem rates increase across the board for Washington state
(August 20, 2015) The General Services Administration (GSA) has released federal per diem rates for FY2016, and many areas in Washington will see significant increases. The daily rate for the Vancouver area will jump by as much as 10%, followed by Spokane with a 9% increase. For the Seattle area, the high season rate was increased to $202 and in FY2016 extends from May through October. This means the Seattle per diem rate for May, September and October will see an increase of 29.5%.
The standard continental United States (CONUS) rate, which will now be reviewed every year, increased by 7.2% from $83 to $89 per night for lodging and the meals and incidental rate increased by 10.9% to $51/day. Skagit, Island and San Juan counties were moved to the CONUS rate.
Federal per diem rates, used by government travelers to obtain hotel rooms at a standard discount, are established each year based on actual market data compiled and provided by Smith Travel Research.