DATE: September 12, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Federal Management Regulation (FMR); Home-to-Work Transportation

SOURCE: Federal Register, September 12, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 177, page 54965

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

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: GSA is updating, streamlining, and clarifying Federal Property Management Regulations (FPMR) Subpart 101-6.4, Official Use of Government Passenger Carriers Between Residence and Place of Employment, and then moving it into the new Federal Management Regulation (FMR) as Part 102-5, Home-to-Work Transportation.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The FPMR is Chapter 101 of Title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The FMR is Chapter 102 of Title 41 of the CFR. They are available on the Internet at http://policyworks.gov/org/main/mv/fmr/index.htm.

GSA is in the process of updating, reorganizing, streamlining, simplifying, and clarifying the contents of the FPMR, then transferring the contents to the Federal Management Regulations (FMR), which was established on July 21, 1999, as Chapter 102 of Title 41 of the CFR. When the transfer is complete, the FMR will contain a refined set of policies and regulatory requirements on managing property and administrative services. Non-regulatory materials (such as guidance, procedures, information and standards) will be available in separate documents, such as customer service guides, handbooks, brochures, Internet websites, and FMR bulletins.

The FMR is written in the "plain language" regulatory style. This style is directed at the reader and uses a question and answer format, active voice, shorter sentences, and pronouns such as "we", "you", and "I".

The conversion from the FPMR to the FMR will take some time, so it will occur incrementally as the regulations are rewritten. Because of this, both the FPMR and the FMR will exist concurrently, and readers will need to refer to both documents to obtain all the related material -- the same content will not appear in both regulations.

EFFECTIVE DATE: September 12, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James B. Vogelsinger, Federal Vehicle Policy Division (MTV), 202-501-1764, or e-mail: vehicle.policy@gsa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The following are the major changes made by this final rule to the FPMR and the FMR:

EDITOR'S NOTE: In the introductory material to this final rule, GSA addressed two topics of interest:

  1. "GSA occasionally receives inquiries about the tax implications for employees using government passenger carriers for transportation between their residence and place of employment. Agencies and employees should examine their tax responsibilities and consult the Internal Revenue Service as needed."

  2. "Another subject about which GSA receives questions involves government contractor use of government passenger carriers. While this regulation [FMR Part 102-5], in most provisions, addresses federal officers or employees exclusively, 41 CFR 102-34.230 [May Government contractors use motor vehicles owned or leased by the Government?] states that an agency cannot authorize a government contractor to use motor vehicles between residence and place of employment unless authorized in accordance with 31 U.S.C. 1344 and this regulation."

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

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