TITLE 41 - PUBLIC CONTRACTS AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
SUBTITLE F - FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATION SYSTEM
CHAPTER 300 - GENERAL
SUBCHAPTER A - INTRODUCTION
PART 300 - 3 - GLOSSARY OF TERMS
300 - 3.1 - What do the following terms mean?
Actual expensePayment of authorized actual expenses incurred, up to the limit prescribed by the Administrator of GSA or agency, as appropriate.
Entitlement to reimbursement is contingent upon entitlement to per diem, and is subject to the same definitions and rules governing per diem.
AgencyFor purposes of chapter 302 agency means: (1) An executive agency as defined in Title 5 U.S.C. 105 (an executive department, an independent establishment, the General Accounting Office, or a wholly owned Government corporation as defined in section 101 of the Government Corporation Control Act, as amended (31 U.S.C. 9101), but excluding a Government controlled corporation); (2) A military department; (3) A court of the United States; (4) The Administrative Office of the United States Courts; (5) The Federal Judicial Center; (6) The Library of Congress; (7) The United States Botanic Garden; (8) The Government Printing Office; and (9) The District of Columbia.
Aircraft management officeAn agency component that has management control of Federal aircraft used by the agency or of aircraft hired as commercial aviation services (CAS).
Approved accommodationAny place of public lodging that is listed on the national master list of approved accommodations. The national master list of all approved accommodations is compiled, periodically updated, and published in the Federal Register by FEMA. Additionally, the approved accommodation list is available on the U.S. Fire Administration's Internet site at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/hotel/index.htm.
Automated-Teller-Machine (ATM) servicesGovernment contractor-provided ATM services that allow cash withdrawals from participating ATMs to be charged to a Government contractor-issued charge card.
Commercial Aviation Services (CAS)Commercial aviation services (CAS) include, for the exclusive use of an executive agency (1) Leased aircraft; (2) Chartered or rented aircraft; (3) Commercial contracts for full aviation services (i.e., aircraft plus related aviation services) or acquisition of full services through inter-service support agreements (ISSA) with other agencies; or (4) Related services (i.e., services but not aircraft) obtained by commercial contract or ISSA, except those services acquired to support Federal aircraft.
Common carrierPrivate-sector supplier of air, rail or bus transportation.
Commuted rateA price rate used to calculate a set amount to be paid to an employee for the transportation and temporary storage of his/her household goods. It includes cost of line-haul transportation, packing/unpacking, crating/uncrating, drayage incident to transportation and other accessorial charges and costs of temporary storage within applicable weight limit for storage including handling in/out charges and necessary drayage.
ConferenceA meeting, retreat, seminar, symposium or event that involves attendee travel. The term conference also applies to training activities that are considered to be conferences under
Continental United States (CONUS)The 48 contiguous States and the District of Columbia.
Contract carriersU.S. certificated air carriers which are under contract with the government to furnish Federal employees and other persons authorized to travel at Government expense with passenger transportation service. This also includes GSA's scheduled airline passenger service between selected U.S. cities/airports and between selected U.S. and international cities/airports at reduced fares.
CrewmemberA person assigned to operate or assist in operating an aircraft. Performs duties directly related to the operation of the aircraft (e.g., as pilots, co-pilots, flight engineers, navigators) or duties assisting in operation of the aircraft (e.g., as flight directors, crew chiefs, electronics technicians, mechanics). If a crewmember is onboard for the purpose of travel, (i.e., being transported from point to point) he/she must be authorized to travel in accordance with rules in
Employee with a disability (also see Special Needs) (a) An employee who has a disability as defined in paragraph (b) of this definition and is otherwise generally covered under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 701797b).
(b) Disability, with respect to an employee, means: (1) Having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; (2) Having a record of such an impairment; (3) Being regarded as having such an impairment; but (4) Does not include an individual who is currently engaging in the illegal use of drugs, when the covered entity acts on the basis of such use.
(c) Physical or mental impairment means: (1) Any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological, musculoskeletal, special sense organ, respiratory (including speech organs), cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genitourinary, hemic and lymphatic, skin, and endocrine; or (2) Any mental or psychological disorder (e.g., mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness and specific learning disabilities).
(3) The term physical or mental impairment includes, but is not limited to, such diseases and conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, mental retardation, emotional illness, and orthopedic, visual, speech and hearing impairments.
(d) Major life activities means functions such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working.
(e) Has a record of such an impairment means the employee has a history of, or has been classified as having, a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
(f) Is regarded as having such an impairment means the employee has: (1) A physical or mental impairment that does not substantially limit major life activities but the impairment is treated by the agency as constituting such a limitation; (2) A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits major life activities as a result of the attitudes of others toward such an impairment; or (3) None of the impairments defined under physical or mental impairment, but is treated by the employing agency as having a substantially limiting impairment.
eTravel Service (eTS)The Government-contracted, end-to-end travel management service that automates and consolidates the Federal travel process in a self-service Web-centric environment, covering all aspects of official travel, including travel planning, authorization, reservations, ticketing, expense reimbursement, and travel management reporting. The eTS provides the services of a Federal travel management program as specified in 30173.1(a), (b), and (e) of this title.
Executive agencyAn entity of the executive branch that is an executive agency as defined in section 105 of title 5 U.S.C. Extended storageStorage of household goods while an employee is assigned to an official station or post of duty to which he/she is not authorized to take or unable to use the household goods or is authorized in the public interest. Also referred to as nontemporary storage.
Family (see Immediate family) Federal travelerFor the purposes of
Foreign air carrierAn air carrier who is not holding a certificate issued by the United States under 49 U.S.C. 41102.
Foreign area (see also non-foreign area)Any area, including the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands, situated both outside CONUS and the non-foreign areas.
Full coach fareThe price of a coach fare available to the general public on a scheduled air carrier between the day that the travel was planned and the day the travel occurred.
Government aircraftAn aircraft that is operated for the exclusive use of an executive agency and is a (a) Federal aircraft, which an executive agency owns (i.e., holds title to) or borrows for any length of time under a bailment or equivalent loan agreement. See
Government contractor-issued individually billed charge cardA Government contractor-issued charge card used by authorized individuals to pay for official travel and transportation related expenses for which the contractor bills the employee.
Government-furnished automobileAn automobile (or light truck, as defined in
Government-furnished vehicleA Government-furnished automobile or a Government aircraft.
Government Transportation Request (GTR) (Standard Form 1169)A Government document used to procure common carrier transportation services. The document obligates the Government to pay for transportation services provided.
Household Goods (HHG)Property, unless specifically excluded, associated with the home and all personal effects belonging to an employee and immediate family members on the effective date of the employee's change of official station orders (the day the employee reports for duty at the new official station) that legally may be accepted and transported by a commercial HHG carrier.
(1) HHG also includes: (i) Professional Books, papers and equipment (PBP&E); (ii) Spare parts of a POV (see definition of POV) and a pickup truck tailgate when removed; (iii) Integral or attached vehicle parts that must be removed due to high vulnerability to pilferage or damage, (e.g., seats, tops, wench, spare tire, portable auxiliary gasoline can(s) and miscellaneous associated hardware); (iv) Consumable goods for employees assigned to locations where the Department of State has determined that such goods are necessary; (v) Vehicles other than POVs (such as motorcycles, mopeds, jet skies, snowmobiles, golf carts, boats (e.g., boat, sailboat, canoe, skiff, rowboat, dinghies, sculls and kayak, mounted or unmounted on trailers) of reasonable size that can fit into a moving van.
(vi) Ultralight Vehicles (defined in 14 CFR part 103 as being single occupant, for recreation or sport purposes, weighing less than 155 pounds if unpowered or less than 254 pounds if powered, having a fuel capacity NTE 5 gallons, airspeed NTE 55 knots, and power-off stall speed NTE 24 knots).
(2) HHG does not include: (i) Personal baggage when carried free on tickets; (ii) Automobiles, trucks, vans and similar motor vehicles, mobile homes, camper trailers, and farming vehicles; (iii) Live animals including birds, fish, reptiles; (iv) Cordwood and building materials; (v) HHG for resale, disposal or commercial use rather than for use by employee and immediate family members; (vi) Privately owned live ammunition; and (vii) Propane gas tanks.
(3) Federal, State and local laws or carrier regulations may prohibit commercial shipment of certain articles not included in paragraph (2) of this definition. These articles frequently include: (i) Property liable to impregnate or otherwise damage equipment or other property (e.g., hazardous articles including explosives, flammable and corrosive material, poisons); (ii) Articles that cannot be taken from the premises without damage to the article or premises; (iii) Perishable articles (including frozen foods) articles requiring refrigeration, or perishable plants unless; (a) Shipment is to be transported not more than 150 miles and/or delivery accomplished within 24 hours from the time of loading, (b) No storage is required, and (c) No preliminary or en route services (e.g., watering or other preservative method) is required of the carrier.
Household Goods-Weight Additive A weight, per linear foot of a specific item, added to the net weight of the household goods shipment to compensate for the excessive van space used by the item. The item must be stated in the Household Goods tariff as qualifying for a weight additive before a charge can be assessed. Weight additives do not apply if an article is capable of being conveniently hand-carried by one person and/or transported in a standard moving carton.
Immediate familyAny of the following named members of the employee's household at the time he/she reports for duty at the new permanent duty station or performs other authorized travel involving family members: (a) Spouse; (b) Children of the employee or employee's spouse who are unmarried and under 21 years of age or who, regardless of age, are physically or mentally incapable of self-support. (The term children shall include natural offspring; stepchildren; adopted children; grandchildren, legal minor wards or other dependent children who are under legal guardianship of the employee or employee's spouse; and an unborn child(ren) born and moved after the employee's effective date of transfer.); (c) Dependent parents (including step and legally adoptive parents) of the employee or employee's spouse; and (d) Dependent brothers and sisters (including step and legally adoptive brothers and sisters) of the employee or employee's spouse who are unmarried and under 21 years of age or who, regardless of age, are physically or mentally incapable of self-support.
IntervieweeAn individual who is being considered for employment by an agency. The individual may currently be a Government employee.
Invitational travelAuthorized travel of individuals either not employed or employed (under 5 U.S.C. 5703) intermittently in the Government service as consultants or experts and paid on a daily when-actually-employed basis and for individuals serving without pay or at $1 a year when they are acting in a capacity that is directly related to, or in connection with, official activities of the Government. Travel allowances authorized for such persons are the same as those normally authorized for employees in connection with TDY.
Lodgings-plus per diem systemThe method of computing per diem allowances for official travel in which the per diem allowance for each travel day is established on the basis of the actual amount the traveler pays for lodging, plus an allowance for meals and incidental expenses (M&IE), the total of which does not exceed the applicable maximum per diem rate for the location concerned.
Mandatory mobility agreementAgreement requiring employee relocation to enhance career development and progression and/or achieve mission effectiveness.
Mobile homeAny type of house trailer or mobile dwelling constructed for use as a residence and designed to be moved overland, either by self-propulsion or towing. Also, a boat (houseboat, yacht, sailboat, etc.) when used as the employee's primary residence.
Non-Federal travelerFor the purposes of
Non-foreign area The States of Alaska and Hawaii, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands and the territories and possessions of the United States (excludes the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands).
Official stationThe official station of an employee or invitational traveler (see 3011.2) is the location of the employee's or invitational traveler's permanent work assignment.
The geographic limits of the official station are: (a) For an employee: (1) The corporate limits of the city or town where stationed or if not in an incorporated city or town; (2) The reservation, station, or other established area (including established subdivisions of large reservations) having definite boundaries where the employee is stationed.
(b) For an invitational traveler: (1) The corporate limits of the city or town where the home or principal place of business exists or if not in an incorporated city or town; (2) The reservation, station, or other established area (including established subdivisions of large reservations) having definite boundaries where the home or principal place of business is located.
PassengerIn relation to use of Government aircraft, a passenger is any person who flies onboard a Government aircraft, but who is not a crewmember or qualified non-crewmember.
Per diem allowanceThe per diem allowance (also referred to as subsistence allowance) is a daily payment instead of reimbursement for actual expenses for lodging (excluding taxes), meals, and related incidental expenses. The per diem allowance is separate from transportation expenses and other miscellaneous expenses. The per diem allowance covers all charges, including any service charges where applicable for: (a) Lodging. Includes expenses, except lodging taxes, for overnight sleeping facilities, baths, personal use of the room during daytime, telephone access fee, and service charges for fans, air conditioners, heaters and fires furnished in the room when such charges are not included in the room rate. Lodging does not include accommodations on airplanes, trains, buses, or ships. Such cost is included in the transportation cost and is not considered a lodging expense.
(b) Meals. Expenses for breakfast, lunch, dinner and related tips and taxes (specifically excluded are alcoholic beverage and entertainment expenses, and any expenses incurred for other persons).
(c) Incidental expenses. (1) Fees and tips given to porters, baggage carriers, bellhops, hotel maids, stewards or stewardesses and others on ships, and hotel servants in foreign countries.
(2) Transportation between places of lodging or business and places where meals are taken, if suitable meals can be obtained at the TDY site; and (3) Mailing cost associated with filing travel vouchers and payment of Government-sponsored charge card billings.
Place of public accommodationAny inn, hotel, or other establishment within a State that provides lodging to transient guests, excluding: (a) An establishment owned by the Federal Government; (b) An establishment treated as an apartment building by State or local law or regulation; or (c) An establishment containing not more than 5 rooms for rent or hire that is also occupied as a residence by the proprietor of that establishment.
Post of dutyAn official station outside CONUS.
Privately owned aircraftAn aircraft that is owned or leased by an employee for personal use. It is not owned, leased, chartered, or rented by a Government agency, nor is it rented or leased by an employee for use in carrying out official Government business.
Privately owned automobileA car or light truck (including vans and pickup trucks) that is owned or leased for personal use by an individual.
Privately Owned Vehicle (POV)Any vehicle such as an automobile, motorcycle, aircraft, or boat operated by an individual that is not owned or leased by a Government agency, and is not commercially leased or rented by an employee under a Government rental agreement for use in connection with official Government business.
Professional Books, Papers and Equipment (PBP&E)Includes, but is not limited to, the following items in the employee's possession when needed by the employee in the performance of his/her official duties: (1) Reference material; (2) Instruments, tools, and equipment peculiar to technicians, mechanics and members of the professions; (3) Specialized clothing (e.g., diving suits, flying suits, helmets, band uniforms, religious vestments and other special apparel); and (4) Communications equipment used by the employee in association with the MARS (see DoD 4650.2, Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) which is available electronically from the world wide web at http://web7.whs.osd.mil).
Qualified non-crewmemberA person flying onboard a Government aircraft whose skills or expertise are required to perform or are associated with performing the non-travel related Governmental function for which the aircraft is being operated (qualified non-crewmembers may be researchers, law enforcement agents, firefighters, agricultural engineers, biologists, etc.). If a qualified non-crewmember is onboard for the purpose of travel (i.e., being transported from point to point) in addition to performing his/her duties related to the non-travel related Governmental function for which the aircraft is being operated (e.g., when a scientist conducts an experiment at the same time he/she is also on the aircraft for the purpose of traveling from point to point), he/she must be authorized to travel in accordance with rules in 41 CFR parts 30110 and 30170.
Reduced per diemYour agency may authorize a reduced per diem rate when there are known reductions in lodging and meal costs or when your subsistence costs can be determined in advance and are lower than the prescribed per diem rate.
Required use travelTravel by Federal travelers that requires use of a Government aircraft to meet bona fide communications needs (e.g., 24hour secure communications), security requirements (e.g., highly unusual circumstances that present a clear and present danger), or exceptional scheduling requirements (e.g., a national emergency or other compelling operational considerations) of an executive agency. Required use travel must be approved according to 30110.262(a) and 30170.803(a) of this title.
Senior Federal officialAn individual who is paid according to the Executive Schedule established by 5 U.S.C. 53, Subchapter II, including Presidential appointees who are confirmed by the Senate; employed in the U.S. Government's Senior Executive Service or an equivalent senior service; who is a civilian employee of the Executive Office of the President; who is appointed by the President to a position under section 105(a)(2)(A), (B), or (C) of title 3 U.S.C. or by the Vice President to a position under section 106(a)(1)(A), (B), or (C) of title 3 U.S.C; or who is a contractor working under a contract with an executive agency, is paid at a rate equal to or more than the minimum rate for the Senior Executive Service, and has senior executive responsibilities. The term senior Federal official, as used in the Federal Travel Regulation does not mean an active duty military officer.
Space available travel Travel in space available on a Government aircraft that is already scheduled for an official purpose.
Special conveyanceCommercially rented or hired vehicles other than a privately owned vehicle and other than those owned or under contract to an agency.
Special needs (also see Employee with a disability)Physical characteristics of a traveler not necessarily defined under disability.
Such physical characteristics could include, but are not limited to, the weight or height of the traveler.
Temporary duty (TDY) locationA place, away from an employee's official station, where the employee is authorized to travel.
Temporary storageStorage of HHG for a limited period of time at origin, destination or en route in connection with transportation to, from, or between official station or post of duty or authorized alternate points.
Also referred to as storage-in-transit (SIT).
Travel advancePrepayment of estimated travel expenses paid to an employee.
Travel authorization (Orders)Written permission to travel on official business. There are three basic types of travel authorizations (orders): (a) Unlimited open. An authorization allowing an employee to travel for any official purpose without further authorization.
(b) Limited open. An authorization allowing an employee to travel on official business without further authorization under certain specific conditions, i.e., travel to specific geographic area(s) for specific purpose(s), subject to trip cost ceilings, or for specific periods of time.
(c) Trip-by-trip. An authorization allowing an individual or group of individuals to take one or more specific official business trips, which must include specific purpose, itinerary, and estimated costs.
Travel claim (Voucher)A written request, supported by documentation and receipts where applicable, for reimbursement of expenses incurred in the performance of official travel, including permanent change of station (PCS) travel.
Travel Management Service (TMS)A service for booking common carrier (e.g., air, rail, and bus confirmations and seat assignments), lodging accommodations, and car rental services; fulfilling (i.e. ticketing) reservations; providing basic management information on those activities; and meeting other requirements as specified in 301 73.106 of this title. A TMS may include a travel management center (TMC), Commercial Ticket Office (CTO), an electronically available system, other commercial methods of arranging travel, or an in-house system.
United StatesThe 48 contiguous States, the District of Columbia and the States and areas defined under the term Non-Foreign Area.
[FTR Amdt. 70, 63 FR 15951, Apr. 1, 1998; 63 FR 35537, June 30, 1998, as amended by FTR Amdt. 75, 63 FR 66674, Dec. 2, 1998; FTR Amdt. 76, 64 FR 2434, Jan. 14, 1999; FTR Amdt. 87, 64 FR 67670, Dec. 2, 1999; FTR Amdt.
98, 66 FR 58195, Nov. 20, 2001; FTR Amdt. 108, 67 FR 57964, Sept. 13, 2002; FTR Amdt. 200307, 68 FR 71029, Dec. 22, 2003; FTR Amdt. 2004 02, 69 FR 34303, June 21, 2004]
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- US Code - Title 31: Money and Finance - 31 USC 9101 - Sec. 9101. Definitions
- US Code - Title 49: Transportation - 49 USC 41102 - Sec. 41102. General, temporary, and charter air transportation certificates of air carriers
- U.S. Code - Title 5: Government Organization and Employees - 5 USC 105 - Sec. 105. Executive agency
- U.S. Code - Title 5: Government Organization and Employees - 5 USC 5703 - Sec. 5703. Per diem, travel, and transportation expenses; experts and consultants; individuals serving without pay
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