Per Diem Rates

The per diem rates can be accessed directly at: www.GSA.gov

For rates in the continental U.S., the traveler should select the “Maximum CONUS per diem rates” and the state of which you traveled. Since USNH policy does not permit the use of lodging per diem, the traveler should use the rates listed under “M&IE” rate.

Per Diem for Foreign Areas go to: http://aoprals.state.gov/

Clarification on Per Diem Rates (for meals while traveling on university business)

Upon receiving clarification last week, please note the following important changes to the per diem guidelines.

Effective immediately, please use the M & IE rates on the government website as a guideline for the most current rates. USNH has instructed us to use the following percentages when determining partial day rates:

Daily Meal Allowance: $46 $51 $56 $61 $66 $71
Breakfast 20%: $9 $10 $11 $12 $13 $14
Lunch 25%: $12 $13 $14 $16 $17 $18
Dinner 55%: $25 $28 $31 $33 $36 $39

While traveling-the guideline for the ‘day before/after’ meals on travel days to/from the conference-remains that you are allowed to claim the meal (s) that you have during the time you are away from home or work. For example, if you leave for your trip mid afternoon-you may claim dinner meal rate ONLY. When you come home-and you are traveling early morning-and arrive home mid afternoon-you may claim breakfast and lunch ONLY. The percentage rate on the government webpage does not apply.

Also, for the foreign per diem meal rates…once again-please use the percentages listed above for determining partial rates. The meal rates vary every month, so please check this website for the most current rates.

Please notify your department travelers of these changes and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Travel Manager at psu-pcards@plymouth.edu

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