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Lodging reimbursements

A state employee may only be reimbursed for his or her actual lodging expense not to exceed the maximum lodging reimbursement rate for that location. Agencies must use the federal rates provided by the General Services Administration (GSA) for both in-state and out-of-state travel within the contiguous United States. State employees who travel to Alaska, Hawaii, a U.S. possession or a foreign country must be reimbursed according to the guidelines in the GAA. See Travel Reimbursement Rates.

When traveling to non-listed locations state employees are limited to the GSA’s Domestic Maximum Per Diem Rates.

Note: Only the per diem rates listed in the “Max Lodging by Month” (lodging) and “Meals & Inc. Exp.” (meals) columns of the GSA’s Domestic Maximum Per Diem Rates Web tool apply to state employees.

Federal travel regulations are typically updated on Oct. 1; however, changes may be made at any time during the year. It is possible for two sets of rates to apply to a single trip. If employees are traveling when the rates change, they must use the rates in effect on each specific day of travel.

Increasing the maximum lodging rate

Under certain circumstances, the maximum lodging rate may be increased. See:


When used in a provision that applies to states other than Texas, this term includes a parish of Louisiana.
Duty Point
The destination, other than a place of employment, to which a state employee travels to conduct official state business. If the destination is outside the employee's designated headquarters, then the duty point is either the incorporated municipality in which the destination is located or the unincorporated area within a five-mile radius of the destination. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(9)
State Employee
An individual employed by a state agency, including a key official. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(20) The term includes prospective state employees and aircraft pilots.
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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