DATE: November 20, 2001

SUBJECT: Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) Amendment 98; Relocation Allowances

SOURCE: Federal Register, November 20, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 224, page 58193

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

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: GSA is rewriting FTR Part 302, Relocation Allowance, in "plain English" as a continuation of GSA's effort to make the FTR easier to understand and use, and to provide greater flexibility for agencies to authorize and approve relocation expenses.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The FTR is Chapters 300 through 304 of Title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

This final rule is a continuation of the effort to convert the FTR into "plain English." The "plain English" style of regulation writing is a question and answer format that is considered simpler to read and understand. Questions, which constitute the section titles, are answered by the section text. GSA uses a "we" question when referring to an agency, and an "I" question when referring to the employee.

On April 1, 1998, GSA started revising the FTR into plain English. It added Chapter 300, General, which contains general guidance on how to use the FTR and agency reporting requirements, and completely revised Chapter 301, Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel Allowances, (except for Appendixes A and B).

On January 14, 1999, GSA revised FTR Chapter 303, Payment of Expenses Connected with the Death of Certain Employees, into plain English.

Now that this final rule revises Chapter 302 into plain English, all that remains to be revised is FTR Chapter 304, Payment of Travel Expenses from a Non-Federal Source. For more on the proposed rule, see the May 4, 2001, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Travel Regulation (FTR); Payment of Travel Expenses from a Non-Federal Source."

EFFECTIVE DATE: February 19, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Harte, Travel Management Policy, 202-501-1538.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: GSA is continuing its effort to completely rewrite the FTR in plain English so it is easier to understand and use with the revision of FTR Chapter 302. The revised Chapter 302 now consists of the following parts:

     Part 302-1General Rules
     Part 302-2Employee Eligibility Requirements
     Part 302-3Relocation Allowance by Specific Type (formerly Part 302-16)
     Part 302-4Allowances for Subsistence and Transportation (formerly Part 302-2)
     Part 302-5Allowance for Househunting Trip Expenses (formerly Part 302-4)
     Part 302-6Allowances for Temporary Quarters Subsistence Expenses (formerly Part 302-5)
     Part 302-7Transportation and Temporary Storage of Household Goods and Professional Books, Papers and Equipment (formerly Part 302-8)
     Part 302-8Allowances for Extended Storage of Household Goods (formerly Part 302-9)
     Part 302-9Allowances for Transportation and Emergency Storage of a Privately Owned Vehicle (formerly Part 302-10)
     Part 302-10Allowances for Transportation of Mobile Homes and Boats Used as a Primary Residence (formerly Part 302-7)
     Part 302-11Allowances for Expenses Incurred in Connection with Residence Transaction (formerly Part 302-6)
     Part 302-12Use of a Relocation Services Company
     Part 302-13Reserved
     Part 302-14Home Marketing Incentive Payments
     Part 302-15Allowances for Property Management Services
     Part 302-16Allowances for Miscellaneous Expenses (formerly Part 302-3)
     Part 302-17Relocation Income Taxation (formerly Part 302-11)

The most important changes in the revised FTR Part 302 are:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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