Does the FTR apply to contractor travel? Should a contract reference FAR Part 31 to provide the contractor guidance when submitting travel claims?
The Federal Travel Regulations (FTR) do not apply directly to contractor travel. Instead, allowable costs for a contractor's travel and transportation allowances are governed by FAR 31.205-46. This provision states that costs for lodging incurred by a contractor traveling on official company business under a Government contract are allowable if they do not exceed, on a daily basis, the “maximum per diem rates” in effect at the time of travel in one of three different Government travel regulations – the FTR, DoD’s Joint Travel Regulations (JTR), and the State Department’s Standardized Regulations, as applicable for different geographic areas. The allowable costs for contractor transportation are addressed at FAR 31.205-46(a)(1).
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