Office of Governmentwide Policy, GSA.
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 District of Columbia, Washington, DC, the State of Oregon, city of Portland, and the State of Washington, city of Seattle, should be increased to provide for the reimbursement of Federal employees' lodging expenses covered by the per diem rates. This final rule adjusts the maximum lodging amounts in the prescribed areas.
February 15, 2002.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Joddy P. Garner, Office of Governmentwide Policy, Travel Management Policy, at 202-501-4857.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
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 District of Columbia, Washington, DC, the State of Oregon, city of Portland, and the State of Washington, city of Seattle.
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 the proposed revisions do 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.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects 41 CFR Chapter 301End List of Subjects Start Amendment Part
For the reasons set forth in the preamble, underEnd Amendment Part
CHAPTER 301—TEMPORARY DUTY (TDY) TRAVEL ALLOWANCESStart Amendment Part
1. Appendix A to chapter 301 is amended as follows:End Amendment Part
a. On the page that includes the entry for the District of Columbia, city of Washington, DC, column three (maximum lodging amount) is revised to read “150”.
b. On the page that includes entries for the State of Oregon, under the State of Oregon, city of Portland, column three (maximum lodging amount) is revised to read “91”.
c. On the page that includes entries for the State of Washington, under the State of Washington, city of Seattle, column three (maximum lodging amount) is revised to read “143”.Start Amendment Part
The revised pages containing the amendments to the table set forth above read as follows:End Amendment Part
Appendix A to Chapter 301—Prescribed Maximum Per Diem Rates for CONUS
Dated: February 12, 2002.
Stephen A. Perry,
Administrator of General Services.
[FR Doc. 02-3998 Filed 2-15-02; 8:45 am]
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