Columbia, Maryland Per Diem Rates for FY 2015
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Columbia has a fixed per-diem rate set by the General Services Administration (GSA), which is used to reimburse overnight travel expenses within the area for Federal employees as well as employees of private companies which also use the GSA's per diem rates.
The lodging per-diem rate of $102.00 is intended to cover the costs of one night's lodging at a hotel in Columbia, based on the average daily rate in the local lodging industry. Many hotels and motels offer business travellers rooms at exactly the local per-diem rate.
The meals & incidentals rate (M&IE rate) of $61.00 is intended to cover the costs of a single days' worth of meals and incidental costs (such as tips and parking) based on the average cost for these expenses in the Columbia area. If you spend less than the $61.00 per diem, you can generally keep the remainder.
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Traveling for the government is referred to as Temporary Duty, or TDY. A TDY trip for which per-diems are issued can last up to 180 consecutive days before it's considered Permanent Change of Station (PCS), and no longer eligible for per-diems.
Updated per diem rates are released every fiscal year by the GSA based on a national study of accommodation and meal costs, and can vary month-to-month due to seasonal pricing changes or stay the same throughout the year depending on the area in question.
The per diem rates in the Columbia area are fixed on a yearly basis, due to relatively static seasonal food and lodging rates.
Other Per-Diem Areas in Maryland
There are a total of ten areas in Maryland for which location specific per-diem rates is set by the GSA. For travel to areas within Maryland for which there are not specified per diem rates, general per diem rates are used. For more details, see the Maryland per diem rates homepage or choose any area from the list below.