[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 205 (Monday, October 26, 2009)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 54912]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-25727]



41 CFR Part 301-11

[FTR Amendment 2009-07; FTR Case 2009-308; Docket Number 2009-0015, 
Sequence 1]
RIN 3090-AI97

Federal Travel Regulation (FTR); Updated Meal Cost Table for 
Furnished Meal(s) Adjustments

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

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: 5 U.S.C. 5702 authorizes the General Services Administration 
(GSA) to establish per diem allowances within the continental United 
States (CONUS) for the reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses 
of official travel. After a recent comprehensive meals and incidental 
expenses (M&IE) study, GSA is amending the Federal Travel Regulation in 
regards to the allocated meal costs. The new costs are broken out in 
the table Sec.  301-11.18 by continental breakfast/breakfast, lunch, 
and dinner for the use of travelers who have had a meal(s) furnished by 
the Government or included in the registration fee, and who then must 
deduct the meal(s) before submitting the voucher for reimbursement. GSA 
is also updating the incidental expense rate.

DATES: Effective Date: October 26, 2009.
    Applicability Date: This final rule is applicable for official 
travel performed on and after October 1, 2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Regulatory Secretariat (MVR), Room 
4041, GS Building, Washington, DC 20405, (202) 501-4755, for 
information pertaining to status or publication schedules. For 
clarification of content, contact Ms. Jill Denning, Office of 
Governmentwide Policy, at (202) 208-7642 or e-mail at 
jill.denning@gsa.gov. Please cite FTR Amendment 2009-07; FTR case 2009-


A. Background

    GSA periodically reviews the M&IE allowances throughout the 
continental United States (CONUS) to ensure the rates reflect the 
prices charged at local eating establishments. The GSA's Office of 
Governmentwide Policy (OGP) has recently completed a comprehensive M&IE 
study. This final rule amends the Federal Travel Regulation in regards 
to the allocated meal costs which must be adjusted when a meal(s) is 
furnished by the Government or is included in the registration fee, 
along with amending the incidental expense rate.

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: September 1, 2009.
Paul F. Prouty,
Acting Administrator of General Services.

For the reasons set forth in the preamble, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 5707, 
GSA amends 41 CFR parts 301-11 as follows:


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

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 5707.

2. Revise the table in Sec.  301-11.18, paragraph (a), to read as 

Sec.  301-11.18  What M&IE rate will I receive if a meal(s) is 
furnished by the Government or is included in the registration fee?

    (a) * * *

                  Total M&IE                       $46        $51        $56        $61        $66        $71
Continental Breakfast/Breakfast...............          7          8          9         10         11         12
Lunch.........................................         11         12         13         15         16         18
Dinner........................................         23         26         29         31         34         36
Incidentals...................................          5          5          5          5          5          5

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[FR Doc. E9-25727 Filed 10-23-09; 8:45 am]