A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Director, Office of Acquisition and Property Management
From: Theodore Woronka /s/
Deputy Director, Office of Financial Management
Subject: Travel and Transportation Act - Revised Procedures
As you may recall, the General Services Administration (GSA) issued Interim Rule 8 on July 16, 1999, to provide implementing regulations for certain sections of the Travel and Transportation Act of 1998 (PL 105-264). Additional refinements to GSA's regulations were issued on January 19, 2000 and April 21, 2000 in the Federal Register.
The purpose of this FAM is to revise the procedures issued under FAM 2000-011 to adjust for the regulation changes pertaining to employee relocation travel, and the procedures for aging travel vouchers to determine if payments are made late. In summary, the changes stipulate:
Only en route and house hunting trips are subject to late payment penalties and to be eligible must be submitted on separate vouchers. (If a voucher for relocation expenses includes en route and house hunting trips it does not need to be returned as an improper voucher.)
The aging process for late payment penalties begins upon receipt of the voucher in the designated approving official's office. If the receipt date is not annotated, then a constructive receipt date of five calendar days after the voucher was signed by the traveler will apply.
Vouchers submitted electronically to the designated approving official will be the date considered received unless submitted after normal working hours -- in such cases the next business day will apply.
Until May 1, 2002, improper vouchers are to be returned to the traveler as soon as possible. On May 1, 2002, a voucher deemed improper must be returned to the traveler within seven working days.
For your information and action attached are the revised procedures, a copy of the Department's policy memorandum regarding Mandatory Use of the Government-Issued Charge Card for Travel issued by the Assistant Secretary - Policy, Management and Budget on March 29, 2000, and a copy of the April 21, 2000, Federal Register announcement.
The revised procedures are to be implemented immediately. Should you have any questions or require additional information on this subject, please contact Bill Webber on (202) 208-5684.
Prior Financial Administration Memorandums on this subject: