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DATE: May 4, 2005

SUBJECT: Federal Management Regulation (FMR); Authorization of Transportation Managers

SOURCE: Federal Register, May 4, 2005, Vol. 70, No. 85, page 23078

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

ACTION: Proposed Rule

ACTION: GSA is proposing to amend FMR Part 102-117, Transportation Management, to add Subpart M, Authorization and Training to Procure Transportation or Transportation Services, which would require that transportation managers who obligate the government for rate tender procurements be properly trained and authorized in writing.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The FMR is Chapter 102 of Title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The FMR and corresponding documents are available at http://www.gsa.gov/fmr.

DATES: Comments on the proposed rule must be submitted before July 5, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Respondents may submit comments directly on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov; on http://www.gsa.gov/fmr; by e-mail to: fmrcase.2005-102-1@gsa.gov; by fax to 202-501-4067; or by mail to General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVA), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, ATTN: Laurieann Duarte, Washington, DC 20405. Cite “FMR Case 2005-102-1" when making comments on this proposed rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Allison, Office of Governmentwide Policy, Transportation Management Policy Division, 202-219-1729, or by e-mail: elizabeth.allison@gsa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: This proposed rule would clarify the accountability, liability, and relief of all persons responsible for procuring or paying for transportation or transportation services with government funds by adding FMR Part 102-117, Subpart M, which would mandate that any person who obligates government funds have proper written authority from the agency head or designee, and that such persons be held accountable for their transactions.

Subpart M would consist of the following:

In addition, FMR Part 102-118, Transportation Payment and Audit, would be amended by adding FMR 102-118.350, What authority must I have to obligate funds for transportation or transportation services? This would state “certifying and disbursing officers are accountable for expenditures of public funds. However, any government employee who has the responsibility to procure transportation must also have proper authority to obligate funds. This authority must be in writing from the head of your agency or his or her designee.” It would contain a cross-reference to FMR Part 102-117, Subpart M, for further information and training requirements.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953.

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