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Federal Travel Regulation; Maximum Per Diem Rates

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AGENCY:

Office of Governmentwide Policy, GSA.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

To improve the ability of the per diem rates to meet the lodging demands of Federal travelers to high cost travel locations, the General Services Administration (GSA) has integrated the contracting mechanism of the new Federal Premier Lodging Program (FPLP) into the per diem rate-setting process.

An analysis of FPLP contracting actions and the lodging rate survey data reveals that the maximum per diem rate for the State of New York, city (borough) of Manhattan, should be increased and the maximum per diem rate for the State of New York, city (boroughs) of The Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, should be decreased to provide for the Start Printed Page 1900reimbursement of Federal employees' lodging expenses covered by per diem rates. This final rule adjusts the maximum lodging amounts in the prescribed areas.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

January 1, 2002.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Joddy P. Garner, Office of Governmentwide Policy, Travel Management Policy, at 202-501-4857.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

In the past, properties in high cost travel areas have been under no obligation to provide lodging to Federal travelers at the prescribed per diem rate. Thus, GSA established the FPLP to contract directly with properties in high cost travel markets to make available a set number of rooms to Federal travelers at contract rates. FPLP contract results along with the lodging survey data are integrated together to determine reasonable per diem rates that more accurately reflect lodging costs in these areas. In addition, the FPLP will enhance the Government's ability to better meet its overall room night demand, and allow travelers to find lodging close to where they need to conduct business. After an analysis of this additional data, the maximum lodging amounts are being changed in the State of New York, cities (boroughs) of Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens.

B. Executive Order 12866

GSA has determined that this final rule is not a significant regulatory action for the purposes of Executive Order 12866 of September 30, 1993.

C. Regulatory Flexibility Act

This final rule is not required to be published in the Federal Register for notice and comment; therefore, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq., does not apply.

D. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because this final rule does not impose recordkeeping or information collection requirements, or the collection of information from offerors, contractors, or members of the public which require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 501 et seq.

E. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

This final rule is also exempt from congressional review prescribed under 5 U.S.C. 801 since it relates solely to agency management and personnel.

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List of Subjects 41 CFR Chapter 301

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, under 5 U.S.C. 5701-5709, 41 CFR chapter 301 is amended as follows:

CHAPTER 301—TEMPORARY DUTY (TDY) TRAVEL ALLOWANCES

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1. Appendix A to chapter 301 is amended as follows:

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a. On the page that includes entries for the State of New York, under the State of New York, city of The Bronx/Brooklyn/Queens, column three (maximum lodging amount) is revised to read “168”.

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b. On the page that includes entries for the State of New York, under the State of New York, city of Manhattan, column three (maximum lodging amount) is revised to read “208”.

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The revised page containing the amendments to the table set forth above reads as follows:

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Appendix A to Chapter 301—Prescribed Maximum Per Diem Rates for CONUS

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Dated: December 27, 2001.

Stephen A. Perry,

Administrator of General Services.

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[FR Doc. 02-926 Filed 1-14-02; 8:45 am]

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