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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: March 6, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Mandatory Travel Card Date Extended to May 1, 2000, for Department of Defense Personnel

SOURCE: DefenseLINK News, March 3, 2000

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD)

SYNOPSIS: The date for the mandatory use of the government travel charge card is extended from March 1, 2000, to May 1, 2000, for DOD service members and civilians.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) amendment that made the use of the travel charge card mandatory, 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 DOD implementation of the FTR amendment, see the February 28, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Department of Defense Exemptions to the Mandatory Use of the Travel Charge Card."

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Public Law 105-264, the Travel and Transportation Reform Act of 1998, 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." This was done by the publication of an interim rule on July 19, 1999, which amended FTR Chapter 301, Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel Allowances. This interim rule was finalized on January 19, 2000, and it mandated the use of the travel charge card effective March 1, 2000.

On March 1, 2000, Defense Comptroller William J. Lynn signed a memorandum announcing that the date for the mandatory use of the government travel charge card is extended from March 1, 2000, to May 1, 2000.

"Within DOD, the primary reason for the delay is that we were so late receiving the guidance," said Nelson Toye, DOD's deputy chief financial officer. "Our components came back to us and asked for an extension. When we applied to the General Services Administration they were willing to grant us the extension." Toye went on to say that GSA officials made it clear there "would be no more extensions."

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

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