[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 239 (Thursday, December 12, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 75483-75484]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-29209]


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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

41 CFR Part 302-7

[FTR Amendment 2013-03; FTR Case 2013-301; Docket No. 2013-0011, 
Sequence No. 1]
RIN 3090-AJ40


Federal Travel Regulation (FTR); Relocation Allowances; Commuted 
Rate

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The GSA, OGP, is providing a workable commuted rate to be used 
by agencies in determining a benchmark for payment on the 
transportation of household goods and temporary storage under a ``do it 
yourself'' move cost scenario. This final rule will meet the 
requirements set forth in the U.S. Code for Relocation Expenses.

DATES: Effective: This final rule is effective December 12, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact the U.S. General Services 
Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street 
NW., 2nd Floor Washington, DC 20405-0001, 202-501-4755, for information 
pertaining to status or publication schedules. For clarification of 
content, contact Mr. Ed Davis, Office of Governmentwide Policy (MA), at 
202-208-7639 or email at ed.davis@gsa.gov. Please cite FTR Amendment 
2013-03, FTR case 2013-301.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    5 U.S.C. 5724(c) requires that GSA maintain a commuted rate 
incorporating all aspects of household goods shipping that is based on 
a per 100 pound rate fixed by zones. The GSA OGP is issuing a new 
commuted rate chart to meet the requirements of this law.
    The U.S. Department of Transportation's Surface Transportation 
Board (STB) ruled that the American Moving and Storage Association 
(AMSA) could no longer provide a standard tariff for HouseHold Goods 
(HHG) shipments. The effective date for this ruling was January 1, 
2008. Prior to January 1, 2008, the AMSA 415-G tariff was treated by 
Federal agencies as the commuted rate; that is, when a Federal employee 
moved his/her own household goods or hired his/her own mover, the AMSA 
tariff was used by the agency as a benchmark, to help determine whether 
the agency should reimburse the full amount the employee vouchered for. 
Agencies are still required to do this in accordance with the 
regulations at Federal Management Regulation (FMR) section 102-117.225 
and Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) section 302-7, subpart B. Both of 
these regulations were made obsolete by the STB ruling.
    Since both the FMR and FTR address the commuted rate, GSA is 
concurrently publishing an FMR Bulletin and an FTR Bulletin on this 
issue.

B. Changes to the Current FTR

    This final rule--
     Revises section 302-7.101 to direct the reader to the GSA 
Web site to calculate commuted rate shipments.
     Revises section 302-7.102 to direct the reader to use the 
tariffs filed with GSA travel management centers.
     Adds new section 302-7.110 to direct the reader to the GSA 
Web site to calculate commuted rate shipments.

C. Executive Orders 12866 and 13563

    Executive Orders (E.O.s) 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess 
all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if 
regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize 
net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public 
health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). E.O. 
13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, 
of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. 
This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, was not 
subject to review under Section 6(b) of E.O. 12866, Regulatory Planning 
and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is not a major rule 
under 5 U.S.C. 804.

D. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    This final rule is not required to be published in the Federal 
Register for notice and comment as per the exemption specified in 5 
U.S.C. 553(a)(2); therefore, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 
601, et seq., does not apply. However, this final rule is being 
published to provide transparency in the promulgation of Federal 
policies.

E. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the changes to 
the Federal Travel Regulation 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.

F. 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 302-7

    Government employees, Transportation and storage of property, 
Travel and transportation expenses.

    Dated: November 25, 2013.
Dan Tangherlini,
Administrator of General Services.

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, under 5 U.S.C. 5738, 5 
U.S.C. 5724(c) and 20 U.S.C. 905(a), GSA is amending 41 CFR part 302-7 
as follows:

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PART 302-7--TRANSPORTATION AND TEMPORARY STORAGE OF HOUSEHOLD 
GOODS, PROFESSIONAL BOOKS, PAPERS, AND EQUIPMENT, (PBP&E) AND 
BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

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1. The authority citation for 41 CFR part 302-7 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 5738; 20 U.S.C. 905(a); E.O. 11609, as 
amended, 3 CFR, 1971-1973 Comp., p. 586.

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2. Revise the part heading to read as set forth above.


Sec.  302-7.100  [Amended]

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3. Amend Sec.  302-7.100 in the fourth sentence, by removing the words 
``Household Goods Carriers' Mileage Guide (issued by the Household 
Goods Carriers' Bureau, 1611 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3482)''.
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4. Revise Sec.  302-7.101 to read as follows:


Sec.  302-7.101  Where can the commuted rate schedules for the 
transportation of HHG and temporary storage be found?

    The commuted rate table is published at www.gsa.gov/relocationpolicy.


Sec.  302-7.102  [Amended]

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5. Amend Sec.  302-7.102 by removing ``the Household Goods Carriers' 
Standard Mileage Guide, or a standard road atlas issued by The 
Household Goods Carrier's Bureau,'' and adding ``you may use the 
tariffs filed with GSA travel management centers'' in its place.
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6. Revise Sec.  302-7.110 to read as follows:


Sec.  302-7.110  Is there a reimbursement limit?

    Yes, reimbursement must not exceed the limits in the commuted rate 
table published by GSA and found at www.gsa.gov/relocationpolicy.

[FR Doc. 2013-29209 Filed 12-11-13; 8:45 am]
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