The General Service Administration or GSA federal agency has released its annual market review of lodging maximums and M&IE per diem rates, resulting in an increase for FY2019. As UW System utilizes the federal rates for our maximums, the new rates were incorporated into UW TravelWIse Lodging & Per Diem Calculator and with E-Reimbursement on October 1, 2018. For an overview of Wisconsin rate changes see attachment.
· The Department of State and Department of Defense adjusts international, U.S. Territory Lodging rates, and M&IE per diems on a monthly basis and we automatically incorporate those.
· Most of the lodging properties in Wisconsin have already been informed of the rate increases and are applying to future reservations. This rate increase may impact what is charged for an existing reservation at check-out. Travelers are encouraged to work with the hotel to ensure the rate is accurate.
· The UW System will continue to negotiate the State Government Rate ($82 or $90 in Milwaukee, Racine, and Waukesha Counties) into hotel contacts whenever possible.