Approval to exceed per diem for GSA2016
The purpose of this letter from SARA is to issue a waiver for grantees allowing them to be reimbursed out of their grants for their actual lodging (up to $205) although that is above per diem.
All but one of the non-conference hotels for which the GSA has reserved room blocks for the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA2016) in Denver, Colorado October 16-21, 2016, exceed the federal lodging limit of $172 (plus tax). After reviewing the situation, NASA's Planetary Science Division affirms that for GSA2016, travelers whose NASA SMD grants and cooperative agreements are subject to the Federal Travel Regulations may be reimbursed up to $205 plus tax per night. This waiver does not supercede the travel policy of an institution that is more restrictive. This may also apply to those traveling on NASA contracts, but they should communicate with their contracting officers.
Max Bernstein, SMD lead for research