Urge GSA To Keep Current Methodology
The General Services Administration (GSA) is seeking to reduce travel costs by changing the way it calculates per diem rates (GSA sets hotel per diem rates for the federal government).
Smith Travel Research (STR) provides GSA with room rate data from hotels throughout the United States. GSA determines hotel average daily rates (ADR) by including rates from hotels in the “mid-price range.” Those rates are gathered from independent, midscale, upscale, upper upscale properties. GSA omits rates from economy and luxury hotels from the data as it considers them outside the mid-price range (too low and too high, respectively).
After determining ADR for locations throughout the US, GSA then reduces those rates by 5% and establishes per diem rates at that discounted level.
GSA may include only lower hotel rates in the mid-price range when calculating ADR. If GSA does so, it will be intentionally reducing room rates rather than reflecting average room rates.
We need you to contact your members of Congress today and urge them to prevent GSA from artificially reducing per diem rates.
Click here to visit our grassroots website, hotelLOBBY at http://www.ahla.com/hotellobby/. You can quickly send your legislators a short message with a prewritten letter than can be customized asking that they oppose per diem rate manipulation.
Please contact the GSA office for your state
In addition, to contacting members of Congress, hoteliers should contact their local GSA offices. GSA is divided into regions that are led by politically-appointed regional administrators and they are very strong voices within the agency. Those regional administrators are from the areas their regions cover and are extremely sensitive to issues impacting those within their regions.
When those regional administrators are contacted about certain issues, they communicate those concerns internally. GSA headquarters needs to hear from every regional administrator that there is strong opposition to this proposed change in per diem methodology.
Points to make when speaking with local GSA offices:
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
Robert Zarnetske, Regional Administrator
New York, New Jersey
Denise Pease, Regional Administrator
Delaware, Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland (except Montgomery and Prince George's counties) and Virginia (except the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties)
Sara Manzano-Diaz, Regional Administrator
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee
Shyam Reddy, Regional Administrator
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin
Ann Kalayil, Regional Administrator
Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas
Jason Klumb, Regional Administrator
Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico
J.D. Salinas, III, Regional Administrator
Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming
Susan Damour, Regional Administrator
Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada
Ruth Cox, Regional Administrator
Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington
George Northcroft, Regional Administrator
Washington, DC, Maryland (Montgomery and Prince George's counties), and Virginia (the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties)
Julia Hudson, Regional Administrator
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