[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 175 (Monday, September 12, 2005)]
[Page 53798]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-18021]



Federal Travel Regulation; Notice of GSA Bulletin FTR 05-06

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

ACTION: Notice of a bulletin.


SUMMARY: This notice announces Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) GSA 
Bulletin FTR 05-06. This Bulletin informs agencies that certain 
provisions of the FTR governing the authorization of actual subsistence 
expenses for official travel (both TDY and relocation) are temporarily 
waived as a result of Hurricane Katrina, because it is expected that 
finding lodging facilities and/or adequate meals may be difficult, and 
distances involved may be great resulting in increased costs for per 
diem expenses. GSA Bulletin FTR 05-06 may be found at www.gsa.gov/bulletins.

DATES: The bulletin announced in this notice is effective September 2, 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For clarification of content, contact 
General Services Administration, Office of Governmentwide Policy, 
Office of Travel, Transportation and Asset Management, at (202) 501-
1777. Please cite GSA Bulletin FTR 05-06.


A. Background

    As a result of the catastrophic destruction caused by Hurricane 
Katrina, agencies should consider delaying all non-essential TDY and 
relocation to the affected locations for a period of 90 days. This is 
especially important with relocation travel because the 120-day maximum 
for TQSE cannot be extended due to statutory restrictions. While in the 
past, GSA has limited application of such waivers to Presidentially 
Declared Disaster Areas, in the case of Hurricane Katrina, the 
widespread devastation coupled with the extensive evacuation of urban 
areas means that we cannot effectively determine the extent to which 
the ability to secure lodgings will be compromised. In this case, we 
are stating that each agency may determine whether this Bulletin 
applies to travel which is impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

B. Procedures

    Bulletins regarding Federal travel vehicle management are located 
on the Internet at www.gsa.gov/bulletins as Federal Travel Regulation 
(FTR) bulletins.

    Dated: September 2, 2005.
Thomas J. Horan,
Deputy Director.
[FR Doc. 05-18021 Filed 9-9-05; 8:45 am]