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DATE: May 22, 2003

SUBJECT: Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) Amendment 2003-04, Conference Planner Use of Promotional Materials

SOURCE: Federal Register, May 22, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 99, page 27936

AGENCIES: General Services Administration (GSA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: This final rule amends FTR Part 301, Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel Allowances, by clarifying provisions regarding promotional benefits or materials that a conference planner receives from a travel service provider.

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

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 22, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Harte, Office of Governmentwide Policy, Travel Management Policy, 202-501-0438. Cite "FTR case 2003-304, FTR Amendment 2003-04" when referring to this final rule.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1995 (Public Law 103-355), Section 6008, Cost Savings for Official Travel, required that promotional items, including frequent flyer miles, earned on official travel be used for official travel only. However, on December 28, 2001, President Bush signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (Public Law 107-107), and its Section 1116, Retention of Travel Promotional Items, repealed Section 6008 of Public Law 103-355, so employees are now permitted to retain such benefits for personal use. On April 12, 2002, FTR Chapter 301 was revised to reflect this change (see the April 12, 2002, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) Amendment 104, Using Promotional Materials and Frequent Traveler Programs").

This final rule amends FTR Part 301-53, Using Promotional Materials and Frequent Traveler Programs, and FTR Part 301-74, Conference Planning, to prohibit conference planners from accepting any promotional materials and frequent traveler benefits received from a travel service provider as a result of booking the conference. The following changes are made by this final rule:

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

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