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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: April 21, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) Amendment 92; Mandatory Use of the Travel Charge Card

SOURCE: Federal Register, April 21, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 78, page 21365

AGENCIES: Office of Governmentwide Policy; General Services Administration (GSA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: GSA is amending FTR Amendment 90 concerning payment by the government of expenses connected with official government travel, particularly regarding relocation expenses and the amount of time agencies are permitted to review travel claims. This final rule further implements the requirements of the Travel and Transportation Reform Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-264).

EDITOR'S NOTE: The FTR is Chapters 300 through 304 of Title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). This final rule revises Chapter 301, Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel Allowances.

See the January 19, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) Amendment 90; Mandatory Use of the Travel Charge Card" for more on the travel charge card regulations.

Also, see the March 30, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) Amendment 90; Mandatory Use of the Travel Charge Card," for more on the postponement until May 1, 2000, of the mandatory use date.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This final rule is effective April 21, 2000, and will apply to the payment of expenses incurred during official government travel performed on or after May 1, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Harte, Office of Governmentwide Policy, Travel and Transportation Management Policy Division, 202-501-1538.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: In Public Law 105-264, paragraph (a) of Section 2, Requiring Use of the Travel Charge Card, requires the Administrator of General Services to issue regulations requiring "federal employees [to] use the travel charge card established pursuant to the United States Travel and Transportation Payment and Expense Control System, or any federal contractor-issued travel charge card, for all payments of expenses of official government travel."

On July 16, 1999, GSA issued an interim rule which amended the FTR to implement this requirement, applicable to all travel performed after January 1, 2000, and requested comments. Based on the comments received, GSA finalized the interim rule on January 19, 2000, and extended the date for mandatory use until after February 29, 2000. However, many agencies sought further extensions to this date, primarily because they now rely on commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software to manage their travel functions, and the commercial software manufacturers could not (or did not) update the software in time to meet the February 29, 2000, date. Therefore, GSA decided to grant all agencies an extension until May 1, 2000.

GSA has further analyzed the final rule and decided to make some additional changes:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry McVay at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to BarryMcVay@FedGovContracts.com.

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