Per Diem.

Posted on: August 14 2008 | Posted in: Key Issues
August 5, 2008. New Per Diem Rates announced by GSA .

New Per Diem Rates for Greater New Orleans Area:

Peak season 10/1/08 through 6/30/09 - $140 (was $131)

Off Peak Season - 7/1/09 through 9/30/09 - $101 (was $99)

Louisiana New Orleans Orleans, St. Bernard, Jefferson and Plaquemine Parishes
10/01/08 - 06/30/09: $140

Louisiana New Orleans Orleans, St. Bernard, Jefferson and Plaquemine Parishes
07/01/09 - 09/30/09: $101

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
[FTR Per Diem Bulletin 09-01]
Federal Travel Regulation; Fiscal Year 2009 Maximum Per Diem Rates for the Continental United States (CONUS)
AGENCY: Office of Governmentwide Policy, General Services Administration (GSA). ACTION: Notice of Fiscal Year 2009 continental United States (CONUS) per diem rates.
SUMMARY: The General Services Administration's (GSA's) annual per diem review has resulted in lodging and meal allowance changes for locations within the continental United States (CONUS) to provide for appropriate reimbursement of Federal employees' expenses covered by per diem. This Per Diem Bulletin updates the maximum per diem amounts in existing per diem localities.
Background Information:
Per Diem rates are annually published on the Internet at www.gsa.gov/perdiem as an FTR Per Diem Bulletin, and notice of rate changes are published in the Federal Register on a periodic basis. This bulletin, once published on the GSA website, effectuates a revision of the per diem rates prescribed by the Office of Governmentwide Policy (OGP) for the continental United States (CONUS). Notices published periodically in the Federal Register now constitute the only notification of revisions in CONUS per diem rates to agencies other than the changes posted on the GSA website.
DATES: This bulletin is effective October 1, 2008, and applies to travel performed on or after that date, through September 30, 2009.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For clarification of content, contact Mr. Cy Greenidge, Office of Governmentwide Policy, Office of Travel, Transportation, and Asset Management, at (202) 219-2349 or by e-mail at www.gsa.gov/perdiemdquestions. Please cite FTR Per Diem Bulletin 09-01.

Kevin Messner
Acting Associate Administrator August 5, 2008

From: Senator Mary Landrieu - Press Office - [mailto:media@landrieu-press.enews.senate.gov]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Marni Goldberg
August 08, 2008 (202) 224-1949
GSA Answers Delegation’s Call, Raises NOLA Travel Rates for Federal Government Employees
Per diem rates for other Louisiana cities also increased.

WASHINGTON – United States Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., today announced that in response to a letter she wrote to the General Services Administration (GSA) with the rest of the Louisiana delegation, the per diem rates paid for federal government employee travel to New Orleans will be raised. In an announcement made yesterday, the GSA said that it would raise the per diem rate that was implemented for fiscal year 2008, increasing the rate for federal government employee travel to New Orleans from $131 to $140 per day during peak season for FY 2009 and from $99 to $101 during off-season.
“I am so pleased that the General Services Administration responded to the delegation’s request and raised per diem rates for federal government employee travel to New Orleans,” Sen. Landrieu said. “As I have consistently emphasized, the tourism industry contributes heavily to our local economy, and it is crucial that we keep the necessary incentives in place so that New Orleans will continue to serve as a host city for important conferences, conventions and other official functions.”
Last October, the GSA announced that it was dropping the rate for fiscal year 2008 from $148 to $131 per day during peak season, and $102 to $99 during the off-season for lodging and expenses. The Louisiana delegation sent a letter to the GSA immediately, requesting a reverse of the per diem rate decrease, which followed an initial $13 decrease in the per diem rate that was implemented immediately after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Last week, Sen. Landrieu and the Louisiana delegation wrote a second letter to GSA requesting an increase in the per diem rates for New Orleans, just ahead of the announcement that was made yesterday.
In addition to the letter, as a member of the Senate Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, Sen. Landrieu was able to include language in the FY 2009 Appropriations Bill urging the GSA to reconsider its reduced per diem rates for New Orleans.

The GSA also yesterday announced per diem rates for federal employee government travel to other cities in Louisiana. The rates are as follows: Baton Rouge, $101; Covington/Slidell, $96; Lafayette, $86; Lake Charles, $80.

To view letter from LA Delegation to GSA:
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To view the 2009 Per Diem Senate Report:
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