Based on the Federal Government’s General Service Administration (GSA) annual market review of lodging maximums & M&IE per diem rates, the GSA has issued new domestic lodging maximums for Federal Fiscal Year 2017.  These federal rate changes become effective with travel on October 1, 2016.   As such, the University will adjust lodging rate maximums to reflect the updated federal maximums for domestic lodging.  The UW TravelWIse Calculator and E-Reimbursement will be updated at the end of September as part of our routine monthly rate file load process.  As a reminder, the Department of State and Department of Defense adjust international lodging, U.S. Territory and related M&IE per diems on a monthly basis.

Noteworthy changes within Wisconsin:

  • Increased Standard Rate for all locations within Wisconsin not classified as “high cost” from $89 to $91
  • Eliminated seasonal differential rate (current range of $105-$127) for Madison, WI to fixed rate of $115
  • Increased Milwaukee rate from $115 to $119
  • Increased Appleton rate from $92 to $97
  • Increased Brookfield/Racine from $97 to $100
  • Eliminated seasonal differential rate (current range of $89 to $94) for Sheboygan to fixed rate of $94
  • Increase to the seasonal differential for Sturgeon Bay (current range of $89 – $93) to $91-$96
  • Increase to the seasonal differential for Wisconsin Dells (current range of $92-$116) to $101-$127
  • Note: the rates for high cost Wisconsin locations (and the same for other high cost locations outside of Wisconsin) extend beyond the city limits and apply to the entire county.  

Most of the lodging establishments across the state have already been informed of the rate increases and are applying them to future reservations, including University preferred properties within Concur.  This rate increase may impact what is charged for existing reservations at check out.  Travelers should be advised of this and encouraged to work with the hotel to ensure the rate is accurate for the time-frame in which the reservation was made.

While the University has increased lodging maximums, travelers may still take advantage of the $82 – $90 state maximum rates when offered.  It should be noted that the state’s maximum rates are not offered frequently in high cost locations, with higher quality properties or during times of high occupancy demands.  Based on limited availability University travelers should budget for travel using the UW rate maximums, particularly when arranging meetings and events that require more than a single accommodation.

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