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DATE: August 29, 2003

SUBJECT: Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) Amendment 2003-05, Per Diem Incidental Expense Increase

SOURCE: Federal Register, August 29, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 168, page 51911

AGENCIES: General Services Administration (GSA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: This final rule amends the FTR by increasing the incidental expense allowance under the per diem expenses from $2.00 to $3.00 for all localities effective October 1, 2003.

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

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Umeki G. Thorne, Program Analyst, Office of Governmentwide Policy, Travel Management Policy, 202-208-7636. Cite "FTR case 2003-306" when referring to this final rule.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: An analysis of lodging and meal cost data reveals that the listing of maximum per diem rates for locations within the continental United States should be updated to provide for the reimbursement of federal employees' expenses covered by per diem. As a result of this analysis, the incidental expense under per diem expenses will be increased from $2.00 to $3.00 for all localities effective October 1, 2003. This change is made to the table in FTR 301-11.18, What M&IE [meals and incidental expenses] rate will I receive if a meal(s) is furnished at a nominal or no cost by the Government or is included in the registration fee?

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

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