Chapter 300—General
Subchapter A—Introduction

Part 300-2—How to Use the FTR

Authority: 5 U.S.C. 5707; 5 U.S.C. 5738; 5 U.S.C. 5741–5742; 20 U.S.C. 905(a); 31 U.S.C. 1353; 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 49 U.S.C. 40118; E.O. 11609, 3 CFR, 1971–1975 Comp., p. 586.

Subpart A—General

§300-2.1  What formats exist in the FTR?

The FTR is written in two formats—the question & answer format and the title and narrative format.

Subpart B—Question & Answer Format

§300-2.20  What is the purpose of the question & answer format?

The Q&A format is an effective way to engage the reader and to break the information into manageable pieces.

§300-2.21  How is the rule expressed in the question and answer format?

The rule is expressed in both the question and answer.

§300-2.22  Who is subject to the FTR?

Employees and agencies. Since the user may be an employee or an agency, portions of the FTR have been separated into employee and agency sections. However, while the employee provisions are addressed to the employee, the rules expressed in those provisions apply to the agency as well. The following lists the relevant employee and agency sections of the FTR:


The employee provisions are contained in

And the agency provisions are contained in

Chapter 301

Subchapter A, Subchapter B, and Subchapter C

Subchapter D

Chapter 302

Subchapter A, Subchapter B, Subchapter C, Subchapter D, Subchapter E, and Subchapter F

Subchapter A, Subchapter B, Subchapter C, Subchapter D, Subchapter E, and Subchapter F

Chapter 303


Part 303-70

Chapter 304

Subchapter A

Subchapter B and Subchapter C

§300-2.23  How is the user addressed in the FTR?

The FTR asks questions in the first person, as the user would. It then answers the questions in the second and third person. In the employee sections, the employee is addressed in the singular, and in the agency sections, the agency is addressed in the plural. The following describes how employee and agency are addressed in both sections:

When you are in the

And you are looking at a

The employee is referred to

And the agency is referred to using

Employee section


I, me, or my



You or your


Agency section



We, us, or our



You or your

Subpart C—Title and Narrative Format

§300-2.70  How is the rule expressed in the title and narrative format?

The rule is in the narrative. The title serves only as a tool to determine the subject of the rule.

Last Reviewed 2015-03-03