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Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) policy changes & updates . Rick Miller Program Analyst Travel and Transportation Management Policy (MTT) Office of Travel, Transportation and Asset Management . Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) . FTR Amendments FTR Bulletins FTR Proposed updates.

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Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) policy changes & updates

Rick MillerProgram AnalystTravel and Transportation Management Policy (MTT) Office of Travel, Transportation and Asset Management

federal travel regulation ftr
Federal Travel Regulation (FTR)
  • FTR Amendments
  • FTR Bulletins
  • FTR Proposed updates
ftr amendments
FTR - Amendments
  • 2009-01 - TDY POV mileage rate
  • 2009-02 - Fly America / “Open Skies”
  • 2009-03 - Furnished meals at conferences

and other events

  • 2009-04 - Per Diem M&IE for TDY of more

than 12 but less than 24 hours

  • 2009-05 - Travel Purpose Identifiers
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FTR - Amendments
  • 2009-01 - TDY POV mileage rate
    • Effective 1 January 2009
    • Not to exceed rates established by IRS
    • Privately owned vehicle - $0.55
    • Motorcycles - $0.52
    • Airplanes - $1.24
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FTR - Amendments
  • 2009-02 - Fly America / “Open Skies”
    • Effective 15 January 2009 - Applies to specific countries
    • Allows the use of foreign flag carrier if no city-pair contract is available from “origin to destination”
    • Grantees and Contractors must use U.S. Flag carrier if available
    • Non-applicable for DOD funded travel
    • Travel to non “Open Skies” countries must continue to follow the policy (exceptions) for traveling on foreign flag carrier
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FTR - Amendments
  • 2009-03 - Furnished meals at conferences and other events
    • Reduce M&IE for government provided meals
    • Definition for “Furnished meal”
    • Specific requirements for agency/employee to claim full M&IE due to medical or religious beliefs
    • Update FTR 301-11.18 M&IE chart for “Continental Breakfast/Breakfast”
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FTR - Amendments
  • 2009-04 - Per Diem M&IE for TDY of more than 12 but less than 24 hours
    • Update FTR 301-11.101 M&IE chart
    • Per diem allowed at 75% of the applicable M&IE rate for each calendar day while in a travel status
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FTR - Amendments
  • 2009-05 - Travel Purpose Identifiers
    • Updates the list of travel purpose identifiers
      • Employee Emergency, Mission (Operational), Special Agency Mission, Conference – Other Than Training, Training, and Relocation
    • Incorporates new descriptive language for each identifier
ftr bulletins
FTR - Bulletins
  • 09-01 - FY09 CONUS per diem rates
  • 09-02 - Baggage & seat choice

reimbursement

  • 09-03 - Relocation standard mileage rate
  • 09-04 - Relocation Income Tax (RIT)

Allowance

  • 09-05 - Revised CONUS per diem rates
  • 09-06 - Expense waivers for flooding in ND
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FTR - Bulletins
  • 09-01 - FY09 CONUS per diem rates
    • Effective 1 October 2008
    • Annual review of per diem rates
    • 400 Non-Standard areas
    • Conus Rate - $70 for lodging / $39 for meals and incidentals
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FTR - Bulletins
  • 09-02 - Baggage & seat choice reimbursement
    • Bulletin clarifies baggage expenses, seat choice options, and other miscellaneous fees
    • Agencies (Government interest) may approve for excess baggage
    • Agencies (Government interest) may authorize reimbursement for additional seat choice fee - seating could still be in the coach cabin
    • Special needs policy still in effect: authorized upgraded seat choice, then attendant accompanying employee may also be authorized the upgrade
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FTR - Bulletins
  • 09-03 - Relocation standard mileage rate
    • Effective 1 January 2009
    • Current rate - $0.24 per mile per POV
    • Not to exceed IRS standard mileage rate
    • No reimbursement for family/passengers
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FTR - Bulletins
  • 09-04 - Relocation Income Tax (RIT) Allowance
    • Provides the 2008 Federal, State, Puerto Rico tax tables needed for calculating RIT
    • RIT tables are no longer published in the Federal Register – available on the GSA web site
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FTR - Bulletins
  • 09-05 - Revised CONUS per diem rates
    • Effective 1 April 2009
    • Mid-year review determined 1 October 2009 per diem rates for certain locations did not adequately reflect the cost of lodging and/or M&IE
    • Locations – Idaho, Maryland, South Carolina
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FTR - Bulletins
  • 09-06 - Expense waivers for flooding in ND
    • Presidential Emergency Declaration affecting certain counties in the state of North Dakota due to severe storms and flooding
    • Effective 24 March 2008
    • Informs agencies that certain provisions of the FTR governing the authorization of actual subsistence expenses for official travel (both TDY and relocation) are temporarily waived
ftr proposed updates
FTR - Proposed Updates
  • Premium Class / Other than Coach Class
  • Local Travel at the TDY location
  • TDY travel from/to a telework site
  • Relocation Tables
thank you
THANK YOU

It has been my pleasure speaking to you today!

Rick Miller, OGP, MTT

(202) 501-3822 (voice)

(202) 501-0349 (fax)

e-mail – [email protected]

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