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DATE: December 15, 2003

SUBJECT: Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) Amendment 2003-06, Increase in Privately Owned Vehicle Mileage Reimbursement

SOURCE: Federal Register, December 15, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 240, page 69618

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

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: GSA is amending the FTR to increase the mileage reimbursement rate for use of a privately owned automobile on official travel from 36.0 cents per mile to 37.5 cents per mile; for use of a privately owned airplane from 95.5 cents per mile to 99.5 cents per mile; and the cost of operating a privately owned motorcycle from 27.5 cents per mile to 28.5 cents per mile. This increase reflects the current costs of operation as determined in GSA's cost studies.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The FTR is Chapters 300 through 304 of Title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The regulation being amended by this final rule are under "Chapter 301, Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel Allowances," "Subchapter B, Allowable Travel Expenses," "Part 301-10, Transportation Expenses," "Subpart D, Privately Owned Vehicle (POV)," then "Section 301-10.303, What am I reimbursed when use of a POV is determined by my agency to be advantageous to the Government?"

DATES: The effective date for this change is January 1, 2004, and it applies to all travel conducted on or after January 1, 2004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Devoanna R. Reels, Program Analyst, 202-501-3781.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: By law, the Administrator of General Services is responsible for establishing the privately owned vehicle (POV) mileage reimbursement rates for automobiles (including trucks), motorcycles, and airplanes. The Administrator of General Services has determined the operating costs of a privately owned vehicle to be 99.5 cents for airplanes, 37.5 cents for automobiles, and 28.5 cents for motorcycles. Therefore, FTR 301-10.303 is revised to reflect new reimbursement rates.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The same statute that directs the Administrator of General Services to establish the POV mileage reimbursement rates also provides that the automobile reimbursement rate cannot exceed the single standard mileage rate established by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS announced a new single standard mileage rate for automobiles of 37.5 cents effective January 1, 2004, so the new FTR rate of 37.5 cents conforms with the IRS rate.

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

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