GSA raises mileage reimbursement rates by 3 cents

The General Services Administration announced new mileage reimbursement rates Friday, raising the rate 3 cents per mile for federal workers who travel in their own cars on government business to 40.5 cents for 2005.

The rate is effective Friday and will apply to official travel on or after that date, according to an announcement published in the Federal Register.

According to GSA, the new rate reflects current vehicle operating costs based on government reviews of commercial cost information, the Consumer Price Index and consultation with the Defense and Transportation secretaries.

The rate notice follows a November announcement from the Internal Revenue Service that rates would increase 3 cents per mile for 2005 effective Jan. 1.

The reimbursement rates generally match the annual rate established by the IRS and by law (41 CRF part 301-10), but cannot be higher than the IRS rate. In recent years, GSA has matched the IRS rate.

The IRS contracts to conduct a study to examine the costs of operating a vehicle, which includes gas prices, oil, tires and general maintenance costs.

Under federal travel regulations, workers may use their own vehicles for government travel if their agency authorizes that form of travel. If travel is authorized by other means, such as by plane, and workers use their personal cars instead, reimbursement rates are limited to the cost of the authorized means of travel.

The federal government will also reimburse employees for approved use of personal motorcycles and airplanes for government business. The reimbursement rate for motorcycles in 2005 is 30.5 cents per mile, up from 28.5 cents. The airplane reimbursement rate is $1.07 per mile, up from 99.5 cents.

GSA Vehicle Reimbursement Rates
2005 $0.405
2004 $0.375
2003 $0.36
2002 $0.365
2001 $0.345
2000 $0.325
1999 $0.31
1998 $0.325
1996 $0.31
1995 $0.30
* No rate change in 1997

Source: General Services Administration

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.