The Federal Travel Regulation (FTR)

The Federal Travel Regulation (FTR), established in 2004, is the regulation contained in 41 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Chapters 300 through 304, that implements statutory requirements and Executive branch policies for travel by federal civilian employees and others authorized to travel at government expense.


The Administrator of General Services promulgates the FTR to: (a) interpret statutory and other policy requirements in a manner that balances the need to ensure that official travel is conducted in a responsible manner with the need to minimize administrative costs, and (b) communicate the resulting policies in a clear manner to federal agencies and employees.


FTR Amendment 2016-01 included updates to ensure that the Government contractor-issued travel charge card is used as often as practicable. In addition, it strengthens card issuance and use policies and provides the agency head/designee with waiver authority.


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