[Federal Register: April 10, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 68)]
[Rules and Regulations]               
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41 CFR Part 301-11

[FTR Amendment 2009-04; FTR Case 2009-304; Docket Number 2009-0001, 
Sequence 4]
RIN 3090-AI89

Federal Travel Regulation (FTR); M&IE Allowance

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

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the 
Federal Travel Regulation in regards to the meals and incidental 
expenses (M&IE) allowance that an employee is entitled to when travel 
is for more than 12 hours but less than 24 hours.

DATES: Effective date: This final rule is effective May 11, 2009. 
Applicability date: This final rule is applicable to travel performed 
on and after May 11, 2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Regulatory Secretariat (VPR), Room 
4041, GS Building, Washington, DC, 20405, (202) 501-4755, for 
information pertaining to status or publication schedules. For 
clarification of content, contact Ms. Cheryl D. McClain, Office of 
Governmentwide Policy, at (202) 208-4334 or e-mail at 
cheryl.mcclain@gsa.gov. Please cite FTR Amendment 2009-04; FTR case 


A. Background

    The GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy (OGP) has discovered 
inconsistency among agencies regarding the calculation of the M&IE rate 
when an employee's travel is for more than 12 hours but less than 24 
hours, and spans two calendar days.
    This final rule clarifies that travelers are to be reimbursed 75 
percent of the applicable M&IE rate for both calendar days of travel.

B. Executive Order 12866

    This is not a significant regulatory action, and therefore, was not 
subject to review under Section 6(b) of Executive Order 12866, 
Regulatory Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This final 
rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804.

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 final 
changes to the FTR do not impose recordkeeping or information 
collection requirements, or the collection of information from 
offerors, contractors, or members of the public that require the 
approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, 
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 to agency management and personnel.

List of Subjects in 41 CFR Part 301-11

    Government employees, Travel and transportation expenses.

    Dated: March 17, 2009.
Paul F. Prouty,
Acting Administrator of General Services.

For the reasons set forth in the preamble, under 5 U.S.C. 5701-5709, 
GSA amends 41 CFR part 301-11 as set forth below:


1. The authority citation for 41 CFR part 301-11 continues to read as 

    Authority:  5 U.S.C. 5707.

2. Amend Sec.  301-11.101, paragraph (a), in the table, by revising the 
first entry to read as follows:

Sec.  301-11.101  What allowance will I be paid for M&IE?

    (a) * * *

             When travel is--                    Your allowance is--

                                * * * * *
More than 12 but less than 24 hours.......  75 percent of the applicable
                                             M&IE rate for each calendar
                                             day you are in a travel

                                * * * * *

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