RCGI-Fiscal Year 2019 GSA Per Diem Rates Released

On August 14, 2018 the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) released the Fiscal Year 2019 travel per diem rates, taking effect October 1, 2018. These represent the maximum reimbursable amounts allowed for expenses incurred by federal employees. Making adjustments based on the current economy is important, as well as taking into consideration local price variations  in what is termed “Non-Standard Areas.”

Some of the FY 2019 GSA Travel Per Diem Highlights & Takeaways:

  • The Standard CONUS (Continental United States) per diem rate was increased by approximately 3.5% ($144/day to $149/day).
  • The overall FY 2019 M&IE was increased approximately 4% from FY 2018
  • The overall standard CONUS lodging per diem has increased by 1% ($93/day to $94/day); the FY 2019 lodging per diem study used the average daily rate data from April 2017 to March 2018.

The FY 2019 standard CONUS per diem rates cover approximately 2600 counties; however, there are 325 Non-Standard Areas (NSA’s) that have per diem rates higher than the standard CONUS rate. The NSA rates are based on Average Daily Rate data from the lodging industry.

Additional Resources:

For more information the FY 2019 GSA per diem rates, visit the GSA website:

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Daniel Meek Daniel is the most recent Unanet Consultant hire into Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. Unanet Consulting Practice based out of our Huntsville, Alabama office. His areas of expertise include supporting government contract businesses with a focus in DCAA-compliant Unanet Time and Expense Tracking, Project Portfolio and Financials, QuickBooks, and Deltek GCS. Daniel is a Certified Unanet Systems Implementer and has completed Unanet Advanced Project Management training. Daniel is one of the first Unanet Certified Systems Implementers to complete the new Unanet University course offering to non-Unanet consultants. Daniel has invested over 300-hours of off and on-site course work, database development, and certification testing to obtain his certification. Since certification, Daniel has supported multiple Redstone GCI clients with system implementations, post-implementation and on-going accounting and project management support services. In his role with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc., Daniel provides not only accounting and project management software systems expertise, but also assists clients with preparation and support of DCAA audit activities including SF1408 pre-award accounting system audits, development of forward pricing rates for proposals, incurred cost submission preparation, provisional billing rate submissions, development and documentation of policies and procedures necessary to support an adequate (DCAAapproved) accounting system. Daniel serves a point of contact for many small business clients in government cost accounting/compliance and assists with the period-end close of client accounting systems and reporting and analysis to program management and executives. His industry experience, software systems expertise, and compliance knowledge provide a tailored skill-set to clients looking for a consultant to become an integral part of their team. Professional Experience Prior to joining Redstone Government Consulting, Inc., Daniel worked in public accounting performing US GAAP financial statement audits and consulting engagements for companies within the Technology, Manufacturing & Distribution, Real-Estate, Not-For Profit, and Local Government & Utilities sectors; as well as experience working in large corporate sector. He has prior operational experience with the many types of software such as Unanet, Deltek GCS, QuickBooks, SAP, Deltek T&E, Cougar Mountain Denali, CCH ProSystem FX, and Thomson Reuters Engagement CS. Daniel also has prior operational experience with Tableau, Caseware IDEA and CCH Active Data, data analytics tools. Education Daniel earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Kennesaw State University in 2011.

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