Fedweek

The General Services Administration has slightly revised its general requirement that federal travelers use government-issued credit cards for virtually all travel-related costs that can be paid by credit card. An April 21 Federal Register notice, effective on that date: specifies that (1) certain relocation expenses (excluding en route travel and househunting expenses) are not technically “travel” expenses and, therefore, are not covered under the requirement; (2) established May 1, 2002, as the date for agencies to reach a seven-calendar day limit for reviewing travel claims; (3) permitted an agency to either calculate late payment fees using Prompt Payment Act interest rates or a flat amount based on an agency average of travel claims, but not less than the prompt payment amount, and (4) deleted health insurance from consideration as disposable pay during garnishment of salary to collect undisputed amounts owed on the credit card.