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Note 1: If the instrument is to be used as a Low Range analyzer, all tests must be performed at a calibration span of 20 ppm or less. * * * * * Appendix A–7—[Amended] I 5. Amend Method 20 by adding a sentence to the end of Section 8.4 to read as follows: Method 20—Determination of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide Concentrations in Emissions From Stationary Sources (Instrumental Analyzer Procedure) * * * * * 8.4 Sample Collection. * * * A test run must have a duration of at least 21 minutes. * * * * * [FR Doc. E7–17415 Filed 9–6–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION 41 CFR Part 300–80 [FTR Amendment 2007-04; FTR Case 2007– 303; Docket 2007–0002, Sequence 3] RIN 3090–AI36 Federal Travel Regulation; FTR Case 2007–303, Relocation Expenses Test Programs Office of Governmentwide Policy, General Services Administration (GSA). ACTION: Final rule. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES SUMMARY: The Travel and Transportation Reform Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105–264, October 19, 1998), authorized Federal agencies to conduct travel and relocation expenses test programs when determined by the Administrator of General Services to be in the interest of the Government. The provisions of the Act were implemented by a Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) amendment, and published in the Federal Register at 64 FR 28880, May 27, 1999. They permit agencies to test new and innovative methods of reimbursing travel and relocation expenses without seeking a waiver of current rules or authorizing legislation. However, the test authority for the travel and relocation programs expired in October 2005. 17:45 Sep 06, 2007 Jkt 211001 83, dated May 7, 1999, and published in the Federal Register on May 27, 1999 (64 FR 28880). The provisions of the Act terminated October 2005. Public Law (Pub. L.) 109–325, October 11, 2006, extends the provisions relating to relocation test programs for an additional four years. This final rule implements the provisions of Pub. L. 109–325 by authorizing the continuance of the relocation expense test programs. This final rule also requires agencies having an approved test program to submit annual reports on the progress of the test to the General Services Administration, Office of Governmentwide Policy, Office of Travel, Transportation and Asset Management. Failure to submit a report may cause termination of the test program approval. In addition, this final rule removes the provisions of the FTR relating to travel test programs as there is no longer any statutory authority for conducting such tests. For clarification of content, contact Jim Harte, Program Analyst, Travel and Transportation Management Policy Division (MTT), telephone (202) 501– 0483, email james.harte@gsa.gov. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat (VIR), Room 4035, GS Building, Washington, DC 20405, (202) 501–4755. Please cite FTR Amendment 2007-04; FTR case 2007– 303. This regulation is excepted from the definition of ‘‘regulation’’ or ‘‘rule’’ under Section 3(d)(3) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993, and therefore was not subject to review under Section 6(b) of that executive order. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 Pub. L. 109–325, October 11, 2006, amends 5 U.S.C. 5739 by extending the authority for the General Services Administration (GSA) to approve relocation expenses test programs for an additional four years. In addition, the law removes the 24-month period in which an agency had to complete an approved relocation expense test program. The amendments provided by Pub. L. No. 109–325 are effective as though enacted as part of the Travel and Transportation Reform Act of 1998. This final rule incorporates Pub. L. 109–325 by removing the required period of time to complete a relocation test program and extends the authority to conduct relocation tests for an additional four years. The authority to conduct a travel test expense program was not renewed; accordingly, this final rule also deletes those provisions. The FTR and any corresponding documents may be accessed at GSA’s website at http://www.gsa.gov/ftr. DATES: Effective Date: September 7, 2007. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Background On October 19, 1998, the President signed into law the Travel and Transportation Reform Act of 1998 (the Act) (Pub. L. 105–264). In applicable part, the Act authorized travel and relocation expenses test programs designed to enhance cost savings or other efficiencies that may accrue to the Government. The provisions of the Act were implemented by Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) Amendment Number PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 B. Executive Order 12866 C. Regulatory Flexibility Act This final rule is not required to be published in the Federal Register for notice and comment as per the exemption specified in 5 U.S.C. 553(a)(2); therefore, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., does not apply. D. Paperwork Reduction Act The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the final rule does not impose recordkeeping or information collection requirements, or the collection of information from offerors, contractors, or members of the public which require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. E:\FR\FM\07SER1.SGM 07SER1 51374 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 173 / Friday, September 7, 2007 / Rules and Regulations E. Small Business Regulatory Reform Act This final rule is also exempt from congressional review prescribed under 5 U.S.C. 801 since it relates solely to agency management and personnel. List of Subjects in 41 CFR Part 300–80 Government employees, Travel and transportation expenses. Dated: June 5, 2007. Lurita Doan, Administrator of General Services. For the reasons set forth in the preamble, 41 CFR part 300–80 is amended as follows: I PART 300–80—RELOCATION EXPENSES TEST PROGRAMS 1. The authority for 41 CFR part 300– 80 is revised to read as follows: I Authority: 5 U.S.C. 5707, 5738, and 5739. 2. The part heading for 41 CFR part 300–80 is revised to read as set forth above. I § 300–80.1 [Amended] 3. Amend § 300–80.1 by removing the words ‘‘travel and’’ in both the section heading and text. [Amended] 4. Amend § 300–80.2 by removing the word ‘‘such’’ in both the section heading and text. [Amended] 5. Amend § 300–80.3, paragraph (b) by removing ‘‘(travel and/or relocation)’’. I § 300–80.4 [Amended] 6. Amend § 300–80.4 by removing the words ‘‘10 travel expense test programs and’’. I § 300–80.5 [Amended] 7. Amend § 300–80.5 by removing the words ‘‘travel or’’ in the section heading. I § 300–80.6 I [Removed] 8. Remove § 300–80.6. § 300–80.7 [Redesignated as § 300–80.6] I 9. Redesignate § 300–80.7 as § 300– 80.6. I 10. Revise newly redesignated § 300– 80.6 to read as follows: rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES § 300–80.6 What limits are there to test programs? None. When authorized by the Administrator of General Services, the agency may pay any necessary relocation expenses in lieu of payments authorized or required under Chapter 302 of this title. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:45 Sep 06, 2007 § 300–80.7 What is the maximum duration of test programs? The duration of a test program is 24 months from the date of authorization unless terminated prior to that date by the Administrator of General Services due to changes in law or regulation. Extensions of the 24 month period may be granted by the Administrator of General Services for up to an additional 24 months, but not beyond October 2009, the expiration of the test authority. A request to extend the test program shall be submitted to the Administrator of General Services not later than 45 days prior to the expiration of the original test period. § 300–80.9 [Redesignated as § 300–80.8] 13. Redesignate § 300–80.9 as § 300– 80.8. I 14. Amend newly redesignated § 300– 80.8 by revising paragraph (b) to read as follows: § 300–80.8 What reports are required for a test program? * I § 300–80.3 [Redesignated as § 300–80.7] 11. Redesignate § 300–80.8 as § 300– 80.7. I 12. Revise newly redesignated § 300– 80.7 to read as follows: I I I § 300–80.2 § 300–80.8 Jkt 211001 * * * * (b) The agency authorized to conduct the test program must submit the following reports: (1) An annual report on the progress of the test, submitted to the General Services Administration, Office of Governmentwide Policy, Office of Travel, Transportation and Asset Management (Attention MTT), Washington, DC 20405. The Administrator or designee may terminate the test program approval for failure to comply with these reporting requirements; and (2) A final report on the results of the test program must be submitted to the General Services Administration, Office of Governmentwide Policy, Office of Travel, Transportation and Asset Management (Attention MTT), Washington, DC 20405, and to the appropriate committees of Congress within 3 months after completion of the program. § 300–80.10 [Redesignated as § 300–80.9] 15. Redesignate § 300–80.10 as § 300– 80.9. I § 300–80.9 [Amended] 16. Amend newly redesignated § 300– 80.9 by removing ‘‘2005’’ and adding ‘‘2009’’ in its place. I FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 47 CFR Part 90 [WT Docket No. 96–86; FCC 00–264] Public Safety 700 MHz Band Federal Communications Commission. AGENCY: Final rule; announcement of effective date. ACTION: SUMMARY: The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) announces that a certain rule adopted in its Public Safety 700 MHz Band proceeding (WT Docket No. 96–86; FCC 00–264) in 2000, to the extent it contained an information collection requirement that required approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was approved, and became effective November 15, 2000, following approval by OMB. The effective date for the final rule published on September 5, 2000 (65 FR 53645) revising 47 CFR 90.176 is November 15, 2000. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rodney P. Conway, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, at (202) 418–2904, or at JudithB.Herman@fcc.gov. 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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

41 CFR Part 300-80

[FTR Amendment 2007-04; FTR Case 2007-303; Docket 2007-0002, Sequence 
3]
RIN 3090-AI36


Federal Travel Regulation; FTR Case 2007-303, Relocation Expenses 
Test Programs

AGENCY: Office of Governmentwide Policy, General Services 
Administration (GSA).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Travel and Transportation Reform Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-
264, October 19, 1998), authorized Federal agencies to conduct travel 
and relocation expenses test programs when determined by the 
Administrator of General Services to be in the interest of the 
Government. The provisions of the Act were implemented by a Federal 
Travel Regulation (FTR) amendment, and published in the Federal 
Register at 64 FR 28880, May 27, 1999. They permit agencies to test new 
and innovative methods of reimbursing travel and relocation expenses 
without seeking a waiver of current rules or authorizing legislation. 
However, the test authority for the travel and relocation programs 
expired in October 2005.
    Pub. L. 109-325, October 11, 2006, amends 5 U.S.C. 5739 by 
extending the authority for the General Services Administration (GSA) 
to approve relocation expenses test programs for an additional four 
years. In addition, the law removes the 24-month period in which an 
agency had to complete an approved relocation expense test program. The 
amendments provided by Pub. L. No. 109-325 are effective as though 
enacted as part of the Travel and Transportation Reform Act of 1998.
    This final rule incorporates Pub. L. 109-325 by removing the 
required period of time to complete a relocation test program and 
extends the authority to conduct relocation tests for an additional 
four years. The authority to conduct a travel test expense program was 
not renewed; accordingly, this final rule also deletes those 
provisions. The FTR and any corresponding documents may be accessed at 
GSA's website at http://www.gsa.gov/ftr.

DATES: Effective Date: September 7, 2007.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For clarification of content, contact 
Jim Harte, Program Analyst, Travel and Transportation Management Policy 
Division (MTT), telephone (202) 501-0483, email james.harte@gsa.gov. 
For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact 
the Regulatory Secretariat (VIR), Room 4035, GS Building, Washington, 
DC 20405, (202) 501-4755. Please cite FTR Amendment 2007-04; FTR case 
2007-303.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    On October 19, 1998, the President signed into law the Travel and 
Transportation Reform Act of 1998 (the Act) (Pub. L. 105-264). In 
applicable part, the Act authorized travel and relocation expenses test 
programs designed to enhance cost savings or other efficiencies that 
may accrue to the Government. The provisions of the Act were 
implemented by Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) Amendment Number 83, 
dated May 7, 1999, and published in the Federal Register on May 27, 
1999 (64 FR 28880). The provisions of the Act terminated October 2005. 
Public Law (Pub. L.) 109-325, October 11, 2006, extends the provisions 
relating to relocation test programs for an additional four years. This 
final rule implements the provisions of Pub. L. 109-325 by authorizing 
the continuance of the relocation expense test programs.
    This final rule also requires agencies having an approved test 
program to submit annual reports on the progress of the test to the 
General Services Administration, Office of Governmentwide Policy, 
Office of Travel, Transportation and Asset Management. Failure to 
submit a report may cause termination of the test program approval. In 
addition, this final rule removes the provisions of the FTR relating to 
travel test programs as there is no longer any statutory authority for 
conducting such tests.

B. Executive Order 12866

    This regulation is excepted from the definition of ``regulation'' 
or ``rule'' under Section 3(d)(3) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory 
Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993, and therefore was not 
subject to review under Section 6(b) of that executive order.

C. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    This final rule is not required to be published in the Federal 
Register for notice and comment as per the exemption specified in 5 
U.S.C. 553(a)(2); therefore, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 
601, et seq., does not apply.

D. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the final rule 
does not impose recordkeeping or information collection requirements, 
or the collection of information from offerors, contractors, or members 
of the public which require the approval of the Office of Management 
and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.

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E. Small Business Regulatory Reform Act

    This final rule is also exempt from congressional review prescribed 
under 5 U.S.C. 801 since it relates solely to agency management and 
personnel.

List of Subjects in 41 CFR Part 300-80

    Government employees, Travel and transportation expenses.

    Dated: June 5, 2007.
Lurita Doan,
Administrator of General Services.

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, 41 CFR part 300-80 is 
amended as follows:

PART 300-80--RELOCATION EXPENSES TEST PROGRAMS

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1. The authority for 41 CFR part 300-80 is revised to read as follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 5707, 5738, and 5739.

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2. The part heading for 41 CFR part 300-80 is revised to read as set 
forth above.


Sec.  300-80.1  [Amended]

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3. Amend Sec.  300-80.1 by removing the words ``travel and'' in both 
the section heading and text.


Sec.  300-80.2  [Amended]

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4. Amend Sec.  300-80.2 by removing the word ``such'' in both the 
section heading and text.


Sec.  300-80.3  [Amended]

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5. Amend Sec.  300-80.3, paragraph (b) by removing ``(travel and/or 
relocation)''.


Sec.  300-80.4  [Amended]

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6. Amend Sec.  300-80.4 by removing the words ``10 travel expense test 
programs and''.


Sec.  300-80.5  [Amended]

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7. Amend Sec.  300-80.5 by removing the words ``travel or'' in the 
section heading.


Sec.  300-80.6  [Removed]

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8. Remove Sec.  300-80.6.


Sec.  300-80.7  [Redesignated as Sec.  300-80.6]

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9. Redesignate Sec.  300-80.7 as Sec.  300-80.6.

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10. Revise newly redesignated Sec.  300-80.6 to read as follows:


Sec.  300-80.6  What limits are there to test programs?

    None. When authorized by the Administrator of General Services, the 
agency may pay any necessary relocation expenses in lieu of payments 
authorized or required under Chapter 302 of this title.


Sec.  300-80.8  [Redesignated as Sec.  300-80.7]

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11. Redesignate Sec.  300-80.8 as Sec.  300-80.7.

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12. Revise newly redesignated Sec.  300-80.7 to read as follows:


Sec.  300-80.7  What is the maximum duration of test programs?

    The duration of a test program is 24 months from the date of 
authorization unless terminated prior to that date by the Administrator 
of General Services due to changes in law or regulation. Extensions of 
the 24 month period may be granted by the Administrator of General 
Services for up to an additional 24 months, but not beyond October 
2009, the expiration of the test authority. A request to extend the 
test program shall be submitted to the Administrator of General 
Services not later than 45 days prior to the expiration of the original 
test period.


Sec.  300-80.9  [Redesignated as Sec.  300-80.8]

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13. Redesignate Sec.  300-80.9 as Sec.  300-80.8.

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14. Amend newly redesignated Sec.  300-80.8 by revising paragraph (b) 
to read as follows:


Sec.  300-80.8  What reports are required for a test program?

* * * * *
    (b) The agency authorized to conduct the test program must submit 
the following reports:
    (1) An annual report on the progress of the test, submitted to the 
General Services Administration, Office of Governmentwide Policy, 
Office of Travel, Transportation and Asset Management (Attention MTT), 
Washington, DC 20405. The Administrator or designee may terminate the 
test program approval for failure to comply with these reporting 
requirements; and
    (2) A final report on the results of the test program must be 
submitted to the General Services Administration, Office of 
Governmentwide Policy, Office of Travel, Transportation and Asset 
Management (Attention MTT), Washington, DC 20405, and to the 
appropriate committees of Congress within 3 months after completion of 
the program.


Sec.  300-80.10  [Redesignated as Sec.  300-80.9]

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15. Redesignate Sec.  300-80.10 as Sec.  300-80.9.


Sec.  300-80.9  [Amended]

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16. Amend newly redesignated Sec.  300-80.9 by removing ``2005'' and 
adding ``2009'' in its place.
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