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  • Nov 06 / 2016
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FY2017 Per Diem Rates for Federal Travelers Released

Washington — GSA released the fiscal year (FY) 2017 travel per diem rates, which took effect on October 1, 2016. By law, GSA sets these rates for the Continental United States annually. Based on local market costs of mid-priced hotels, lodging per diem rates provide caps, or maximum amounts, that can be reimbursed to federal employees for lodging and meals while on official travel. As an additional savings measure, GSA’s methodology includes taking five percent off of the final average daily rate in each location.

As part of GSA’s effort to find ways to improve upon our processes and procedures, we will be forming an interagency working group to look at one aspect of our per diem process for FY2018 and beyond that will determine where per diem rates apply or where the boundary lines should be drawn. In most cases across the United States, but not all, a per diem rate applies to an entire county. In some cases, such as a metro area, it can apply to more than one county. In some locations, where individual cities are entirely separate entities from the counties that surround them, a rate can apply to the city only. More details about the working group, including dates when the public can voice comments, will be announced in the coming weeks.

“GSA looks forward to assessing all of the approximately 350 areas where we set rates higher than the standard rate to determine if those boundary lines are drawn in the best way possible to meet agencies’ missions,” stated GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth.

For more information on FY 2017 travel per diem rates, please visit www.gsa.gov/perdiem.

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  • Nov 06 / 2016
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EEO-1 Report to Include Summary Pay Data Beginning in 2018

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced that pay data will be required beginning with the 2017 Employer Information Report (EEO-1) due on March 31, 2018. Employers, including federal contractors, with 100 or more employees will be required to submit pay data. Federal contractors with 50 to 99 employees will continue to submit the information that is currently required, but are not required to include the additional pay information.

  • Nov 06 / 2016
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Social Security Wage Base Up to $127,200 for 2017

On October 18, the SSA announced that the 2017 social security wage base will be $127,200, an increase of $8,700 from $118,500 in 2016. All covered wages are still subject to the 1.45% Medicare tax. The maximum social security tax employees and employers will each pay in 2017 is $7,886.40, an increase of $539.40 from $7,347 in 2016.

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