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Federal Travel Regulation; Ship Privately Owned Vehicles (POV)--International

David J. Barram
February 4, 1998

[Federal Register: February 4, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 23)]
[Rules and Regulations]               
[Page 5742-5743]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr04fe98-11]

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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

41 CFR Part 302-10

[FTR Amendment 69]
RIN 3090-AG62

 
Federal Travel Regulation; Ship Privately Owned Vehicles (POV)--
International

AGENCY: Office of Governmentwide Policy, GSA.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This final rule amends the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) to 
allow an agency to authorize or approve the return transportation of a 
privately owned vehicle (POV) from outside the continental United 
States (OCONUS). This amendment allows for POV shipments from OCONUS to 
continental United States (CONUS) in those cases where no POV was 
shipped to the OCONUS post of duty.

DATES: This final rule is retroactively effective May 14, 1997, and 
applies to an employee whose effective date of transfer (date the 
employee reports for duty at the new official station) is on or after 
May 14, 1997.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Calvin L. Pittman, Travel and 
Transportation Management Policy Division (MTT), Washington, DC 20405, 
telephone 202-501-1538.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A multi-agency travel reinvention task force 
was organized in August 1994 under the auspices of the Joint Financial 
Management Improvement Program (JFMIP) to reengineer Federal travel 
rules and procedures. The task force developed 25 recommended travel 
management improvements published in a JFMIP report entitled Improving 
Travel Management Governmentwide, dated December 1995. One 
recommendation suggested giving agencies the flexibility to authorize 
and pay for the shipment of a POV (from a post of duty outside the 
United States), back to the United States even though a POV was not 
originally shipped to the overseas post of duty.
    Currently the FTR specifies that a transferee whose POV was 
transported at Government expense to an official station outside the 
continental United States (CONUS) may have that vehicle returned to the 
United States at Government expense (not to exceed certain 
limitations). Thus, return of a POV (not necessarily the same vehicle) 
to the United States when the overseas tour is completed requires that 
a POV must have been shipped at Government expense to the overseas 
official station. Transferees who are relocated overseas without a POV, 
but who acquire a vehicle overseas, cannot avail themselves of this 
benefit.
    This amendment provides agencies with the flexibility to authorize 
and pay for the shipment of a POV (from a post of duty outside the 
United States) back to the United States even though a POV was not 
originally shipped to the overseas post of duty.
    The General Services Administration (GSA) has determined that this 
rule is not a significant regulatory action for the purposes of 
Executive Order 12866 of September 30, 1993. This final rule is not 
required to be published in the Federal Register for notice and 
comment. Therefore, the Regulatory Flexibility Act does not apply. This 
rule also is exempt from Congressional review prescribed under 5 U.S.C. 
801 since it relates solely to agency management and personnel.

List of Subjects in 41 CFR Part 302-10

    Government employees, Travel and transportation expenses.

    For the reasons set out in the preamble, 41 CFR chapter 302 is 
amended as follows:

PART 302-10--ALLOWANCES FOR TRANSPORTATION AND EMERGENCY STORAGE OF 
A PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLE

    1. The authority citation for part 302-10 is amended to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 5738; 20 U.S.C. 905(a); E.O. 11609, 36 FR 
13747, 3 CFR, 1971-1975 Comp., p. 586.

Subpart C--Return Transportation of a POV From a Post of Duty

    2. Section 302-10.200 is amended by revising the section heading 
and paragraph (b) to read as follows:


Sec. 302-10.200  When am I eligible for transportation of a POV from my 
post of duty?

* * * * *
    (b) You have a POV at the post of duty.
    3. Section 302-10.201 is amended by revising paragraphs (d) and (e) 
to read as follows:

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Sec. 302-10.201  In what situations will my agency pay to transport a 
POV transported from my post of duty?

* * * * *
    (d) You separate from Government service after completion of an 
agreed period of service at the post of duty where your agency 
determined the use of a POV to be in the interest of the Government;
    (e) You separate from Government service prior to completion of an 
agreed period of service at the post of duty where your agency 
determined the use of a POV to be in the interest of the Government, 
and the separation is for reasons beyond your control and acceptable to 
your agency; or
* * * * *
    4. Section 302-10.202 is amended by revising the section heading 
and paragraphs (a), (b), and (c) to read as follows:


Sec. 302-10.202  When do I become entitled to transportation of my POV 
from my post of duty to an authorized destination?

* * * * *
    (a) Your agency determined the use of a POV at your post of duty 
was in the interest of the Government;
    (b) You have a POV at your post of duty; and
    (c) You have completed your service agreement.

    Dated: January 15, 1998.
David J. Barram,
Administrator of General Services.
[FR Doc. 98-2630 Filed 2-3-98; 8:45 am]
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