[Federal Register Volume 67, Number 10 (Tuesday, January 15, 2002)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 1902-1903]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 02-927]


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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

41 CFR Part 301-10

[FTR Amendment 101]
RIN 3090-AH54


Federal Travel Regulation; Privately Owned Vehicle Mileage 
Reimbursement

AGENCY: Office of Governmentwide Policy, GSA.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This final rule increases the mileage reimbursement rate for 
use of a privately owned vehicle (POV) on official travel to reflect 
current costs of operation as determined in cost studies conducted by 
the General Services Administration (GSA). The governing regulation is 
revised to increase the mileage allowance for advantageous use of a 
privately owned airplane from 96.5 to 97.5 cents per mile, the cost of 
operating a privately owned automobile from 34.5 to 36.5 cents per 
mile, and the cost of operating a privately owned motorcycle from 27.5 
to 28.0 cents per mile.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This final rule is effective January 21, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Devoanna R. Reels, Program Analyst, 
telephone 202-501-3781.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 5707(b), the Administrator of General Services 
has the responsibility to establish the privately owned vehicle (POV) 
mileage reimbursement rates. Separate rates are set for airplanes, 
automobiles (including trucks), and motorcycles. In order to set these 
rates, GSA is required to conduct periodic investigations, in 
consultation with the Secretaries of Defense and Transportation, and 
representatives of Government employee organizations, of the cost of 
travel and the operation of POVs to employees while engaged on official 
business. As required, GSA conducted an investigation of the costs of 
operating a POV and is reporting the cost per mile determination. The 
results of the investigation have been reported to Congress and a copy 
of the report appears as an attachment to this document. GSA's cost 
studies show the Administrator of General Services has determined the 
per-mile operating costs of a POV to be 97.5 cents for airplanes, 36.5 
cents for automobiles, and 28.0 cents for motorcycles. As provided in 5 
U.S.C. 5704(a)(1), the automobile reimbursement rate cannot exceed the 
single standard mileage rate established by the Internal Revenue 
Service (IRS). The IRS has announced a new single standard mileage rate 
for automobiles of 36.5 cents effective January 1, 2002.

B. 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 does not apply.

C. 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.

D. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because this final rule 
does 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 (OMB) 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 solely to agency management and 
personnel.

List of Subjects in 41 CFR Part 301-10

    Government employees, Travel and transportation expenses.


    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, 41 CFR part 301-10 is 
amended to read as follows:

PART 301-10--TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES

    1. The authority citation for 41 CFR part 301-10 continues to read 
as follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 5707; 40 U.S.C. 486(c); 49 U.S.C. 40118.


    2. Section 301-10.303 is amended by revising the entries Privately 
owned airplane, Privately owned automobile, and Privately owned 
motorcycle in the table to read as follows:


Sec. 301-10.303  What am I reimbursed when use of a POV is determined 
by my agency to be advantageous to the Government?

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                                                                Your
                       For use of a                        reimbursement
                                                                 is
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                  *        *        *        *        *
Privately owned airplane.................................    \1\ 97.5
Privately owned automobile...............................    \1\ 36.5
Privately owned motorcycle...............................   \1\ 28.0
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\1\ Cents per mile.


    Dated: January 8, 2002.
Stephen A. Perry,
Administrator of General Services.

Attachment to Preamble--Report to Congress on the Costs of 
Operating Privately Owned Vehicles

    Subparagraph (b)(1)(A) of section 5707 of Title 5, United States 
Code, requires the Administrator of General Services, in 
consultation with the Secretaries of Defense and Transportation, and 
representatives of Government employee organizations, to 
periodically investigate the cost of travel and the operation of 
privately owned vehicles (airplanes, automobiles, and motorcycles) 
to Government employees while on official business, to report the 
results of the investigations to Congress, and to publish the report 
in the Federal Register. This report is being published to comply 
with the requirements of the law.
    Dated: January 8, 2002.
Stephen A. Perry,
Administrator of General Services.

Report to Congress

    Subparagraph (b)(1)(A) of section 5707 of Title 5, United States 
Code, requires that the Administrator of General Services, in 
consultation with the Secretaries of Defense and Transportation, and 
representatives of Government employee organizations, conduct 
periodic investigations of the cost of travel and the operation of 
privately owned vehicles (POVs) (airplanes, automobiles, and 
motorcycles) to Government employees while on official business and 
report the results to Congress at least once a year. Subparagraph 
(b)(2)(B) of section 5707 of Title 5, United States Code, further 
requires that the Administrator of General Services determine the 
average, actual cost per mile for the use of each type of POV based 
on the results of the cost investigation. Such figures must be 
reported to Congress within 5 working days after the cost 
determination has been made in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 
5707(b)(2)(C).
    Pursuant to the requirements of subparagraph (b)(1)(A) of 
section 5707 of Title 5, United States Code, the General Services 
Administration (GSA), in consultation with the Secretaries of 
Defense and Transportation, and representatives of Government 
employee organizations, conducted an investigation of the cost of 
operating a privately owned automobile (POA). As provided in 5 
U.S.C. 5704(a)(1),

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the automobile reimbursement rate cannot exceed the single standard 
mileage rate established by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The 
IRS has announced a new single standard mileage rate for automobiles 
of 36.5 cents effective January 1, 2002.
    As required, GSA is reporting the results of the investigation 
and the cost per mile determination. Based on cost studies conducted 
by GSA, I have determined the per-mile operating costs of a POV to 
be 97.5 cents for airplanes, 36.5 cents for automobiles, and 28.0 
cents for motorcycles.
    I will issue a regulation to increase the current 96.5 to 97.5 
cents for privately owned airplanes, 34.5 to 36.5 cents for 
privately owned automobiles, and 27.5 to 28.0 cents for privately 
owned motorcycles. This report to Congress on the cost of operating 
POVs will be published in the Federal Register.
Stephen A. Perry,
Administrator of General Services.
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