2018 Federal Per Diem Rates Go into Effect Oct. 1

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The 2018 federal per diem rates recently released by the General Services Administration are a mixed bag for Washington hotels. Federal per diem rates establish the maximum amount government travelers may pay for hotel rooms, meals and incidentals. The 2018 rates go into effect on Oct. 1, 2017.

The per diem rates for meals and incidentals will remain the same across the state in 2018, but the change in the per diem accommodation rate for Washington’s nine non-standard regions ranges from a 26 percent jump to a 12 percent decline, depending on the location and the month.

Olympia (Thurston County) saw the greatest across-the-board increase, jumping from $103 for all months to $128 from November through August, a 24 percent increase, and to $112 for Oct. 2017 and Sept. 2018. Everett/Lynnwood (Snohomish County) and Vancouver (Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania) also went from one rate for the year to high and low season rates.

Several regions will see adjustments in the months considered high season. In Seattle/King for example, Oct. 2017 is no longer considered high season and fell 13 percent to the off-season rate of $179. Sept. 2018, however, jumped 19 percent to $244, which is the new rate for June, July and August.

The standard rate that applies to all other areas rose two percent to reach $93 for accommodations. It remained at $51 for meals and incidentals.  Click here for details on  2018 per diem rates for Washington state.

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