Travel for Federal Employees

Learn where to get the current policies on travel by U.S. government workers.

Federal Travel Regulations and Policies

Federal civilian employees must follow policies defined in the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR).

Federal Travel Regulation Policies For Federal Employees

The FTR includes policies on:

Other Policies That Apply To Federal Employees on Travel

Other travel-related policies that apply to federal employees include:

Most agencies have other requirements that expand on those in the FTR. For questions about the FTR or travel reimbursement, contact your agency travel manager. If you still have questions, submit them to the General Services Administration.

Per Diem Rates

Federal employees who travel for work are reimbursed for their lodging, meals, and tips. The amount varies by location and time of year.

The General Services Administration (GSA) publishes continental U.S. per diem rates.  GSA reevaluates the rates every fiscal year. These rates don’t include lodging taxes, which may be reimbursed as a separate expense.

Download GSA's per diem mobile app. It lets you look up rates by city/state and ZIP code in locations throughout the U.S. and its territories.

The Department of Defense (DOD) establishes the rates for locations outside the contiguous U.S.

Resources for Federal Employees on Travel

The General Services Administration manages a number of cost-saving programs and resources for federal travelers on official business. These include:

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Last Updated: May 17, 2019