The GSA has issued rules to carry out authority in a law (P.L. 115-34) enacted last year for agencies to reimburse federal employees on official travel for using ride-sharing services, formally called for these purposes transportation network companies.

“This direct final rule also defines the word “taxi” and will treat “taxi” and “TNC” as synonymous in that both are used to transport passengers for hire. The changes from this final direct rule will bring the Federal Travel Regulation more in line with modern transportation service trends and practices,” GSA said in a Federal Register notice January 5.

The rule also sets as November 30 the date that agencies annually must report travel, transportation, and relocation costs and data to GSA.