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GSA - 13860 - Governmentwide Per Diem Advisory Board - Agency Authority


Committee NameGovernmentwide Per Diem Advisory BoardAgency NameGeneral Services Administration
Fiscal Year2003Committee Number13860
Original Establishment Date5/2/2002Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date5/8/2003Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*13
Current Charter Date5/8/2002Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Program Analyst, Office of Transportation and Personal Property
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date5/8/2003Designated Federal Officer First Name*Robert
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameL.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Milller
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer SuffixJr.
Specific Establishment Authority*Agency DecisionDesignated Federal Officer Phone*202-501-4621
Effective Date Of Authority*5/2/2002Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-501-6742
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Ad hoc
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*To ensure thorough understanding of both the current processes and methodology of the per diem and government lodging programs, the Board consulted with government personnel tasked with managing these programs. The Board also researched the impact of the current programs as used by government agencies and travelers through interviews with government representatives including Federal Executive Boards (FEB’s). Additionally, the Board conducted a survey on traveler satisfaction with the current per diem rates, which resulted in over 12,000 responses. Further, the Board reviewed pertinent published articles and comments in GSA’s “No-Vacancy” website to evaluate satisfaction levels. To obtain information regarding “Best Practices” for per diem and lodging programs, the Board surveyed officials with State governments, Canadian provinces, travel agencies, and corporations, including cost-reimbursable contractors. The Board also obtained assistance from the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) and industry consultants to identify common and best practices. Throughout this process, the Board worked closely with government entities, including GSA, DoD, and various other government agencies. Based on research analysis and industry expertise, the Board established criteria for a) setting appropriate per diem rates and b) developing an effective governmentwide lodging program. After extensive review of other alternatives, the Board endorsed use of the current per diem reimbursement structure (lodging at actual expense up to the GSA-established maximum and a fixed meals and incidental expense (M&IE) allowance). The Board has developed recommendations that include a total revision of the current lodging per diem methodology, which will cause per diem rates to be set based on substantiated market data. Revision of the incidental expense model and a more regular benchmarking of Federal meal rates are also recommended. In addition, the lodging best practice recommendations provide a streamlined approach to a governmentwide lodging program, which will realize savings for the Federal government while providing Federal travelers with appropriate accommodations, within per diem, and are viable to all stakeholders. The Board concluded that lodging programs, which are effectively managed, are most successful and recommends that GSA take appropriate action to establish and manage one governmentwide program for all Federal government travelers.
How is membership balanced?*The Board’s membership consists of both Federal and State government officials along with industry experts who have applied their knowledge and engaged in research with other knowledgeable individuals and industry organizations to examine topics related to governmentwide per diems and lodging programs.To assist in achieving its objectives, the Board created two subcommittees, Governmentwide Per Diem Subcommittee, and Government Lodging Program Subcommittee, to conduct research and provide advice, ensuring that all activities of the subgroups complied with FACA. The subcommittees’ deliverables were:• The Governmentwide Per Diem Subcommittee presented recommendations for improvements to the per diem rate-setting process and methodology for meals, lodging, and incidental expenses within CONUS.• The Governmentwide Lodging Program Subcommittee presented recommendations for a nationwide government lodging program that provides government travelers with properties appropriate to mission requirements, provides the government with the best price value, and is commercially viable to the industry.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Estimated Total Meetings - 7 - Once per month.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Governmentwide Per Diem Advisory Board (the Board) questions the appropriateness of the per diem rates, the methodology used to calculate the allowances, and whether the current processes and programs are the most suitable. To address these questions, the Administrator General Services established the Board to review the current process and methodology used to establish the Federal per diem rates within the Continental United States (CONUS). In addition, the Board was established to provide advice regarding best practices for a governmentwide lodging program.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksN/A


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*0Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*No
Number Of Recommendations CommentNAAccess Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*NoAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback Comment*NANarrative Description*NA
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$30,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$20,000.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$10,856.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$41,027.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$101,883.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-016623Governmentwide Per Diem Advisory Board2002