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Bakersfield and Ridgecrest, California Per Diem Rates for 2016

Rates Apply To:

Bakersfield and Ridgecrest, California:
Kern County

Lodging Rate:
Meal Rate:

Bakersfield / Ridgecrest 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 $95.00 is intended to cover the costs of one night's lodging at a hotel in Bakersfield and Ridgecrest, 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 $59.00 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 Bakersfield and Ridgecrest area. If you spend less than the $59.00 per diem, you can generally keep the remainder.

Month Lodging Per Diem Meals & Incidentals Per Diem
October, 2015$95.00$59.00
November, 2015$95.00$59.00
December, 2015$95.00$59.00
January, 2016$95.00$59.00
February, 2016$95.00$59.00
March, 2016$95.00$59.00
April, 2016$95.00$59.00
May, 2016$95.00$59.00
June, 2016$95.00$59.00
July, 2016$95.00$59.00
August, 2016$95.00$59.00
September, 2016$95.00$59.00
† Note: Per diem rates are determined based on Fiscal Year which runs from October 2015 to September 2016.

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 Bakersfield / Ridgecrest area are fixed on a yearly basis, due to relatively static seasonal food and lodging rates.

Per Diem Meals & Incidentals Rate
The federal government provides one lodging per-diem for each night traveled, and one meals & incidentals per-diem for each full day traveled. However, on your first and last days of travel, you may be issued only half of the meal / daily per diem rate.
If you spend less then the $59.00 meals & incidentals per diem in any day, you get to keep the remainder.

** This Document Provided By - The Civil Employee's Resource **