41 CFR Appendix C to Chapter 301 - Standard Data Elements for Federal Travel [Traveler Identification]

Appendix C to Chapter 301 - Standard Data Elements for Federal Travel [Traveler Identification]
Group name Data elements Description
Travel Authorization Authorization Number Assigned by the appropriate office.
Employee Name First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name Agency guidelines may specify the order, e.g., last name first.
Employee Identification Employee Number Must use a number, e.g., SSN, vendor number, or other number that identifies the employee.
Travel Purpose Identifier Employee Emergency Travel related to an unexpected occurrence/event or injury/illness that affects the employee personally and/or directly that requires immediate action/attention. Examples: Traveler is incapacitated by illness or injury, death or serious illness of a family member (as defined in § 300-3.1 or § 301-30.2), or catastrophic occurrence or impending disaster that directly affects the employee's home. Emergency travel also includes travel for medical care while employee is TDY away from the official station (part 301-30), death of an employee/immediate family member when performing official duties away from the official station or home of record (part 303-70), medical attendant transportation (part 301-30), assistance travel for an employee with special needs (part 301-13), as well as travel for threatened law enforcement/investigative employees (part 301-31).
Mission (Operational) Travel to a particular site in order to perform operational or managerial activities. Travel to a conference to serve as a speaker, panelist, or provide information in one's official capacity. Travel to attend a meeting to discuss general agency operations, review status reports, or discuss topics of general interest.
Examples: Employee's day-to-day operational or managerial activities, as defined by the agency, to include, but not be limited to: hearings, site visit, information meeting, inspections, audits, investigations, and examinations.
Special Agency Mission Travel to carry out a special agency mission and/or perform a task outside the agency's normal course of day-to-day business activities that is unique or distinctive. These special missions are defined by the head of agency and are normally not programmed in the agency annual funding authorization. Examples: These agency-defined special missions may include details, security missions, and agency emergency response/recovery such as civil, natural disasters, evacuation, catastrophic events, technical assistance, evaluations or assessments.
Conference - Other Than Training Travel performed in connection with a prearranged meeting, retreat, convention, seminar, or symposium for consultation or exchange of information or discussion. Agencies have to distinguish between conference and training attendance and use the appropriate identifier (see Training below).
Examples: To engage in a planned program as a host, planner, or others designated to oversee the conference or attendance with no formal role, or as an exhibitor.
Training Travel in conjunction with educational activities to become proficient or qualified in one or more areas of responsibility. 5 USC 4101(4) states that “ ‘training’ means the process of providing for and making available to an employee, and placing or enrolling the employee in a planned, prepared, and coordinated program, course, curriculum, subject, system, or routine of instruction or education, in scientific, professional, technical, mechanical, trade, clerical, fiscal, administrative, or other fields which will improve individual and organizational performance and assist in achieving the agency's mission and performance goals.” The term “conference” may also apply to training activities that are considered to be conferences under 5 CFR 410.404, which states that “agencies may sponsor an employee's attendance at a conference as a developmental assignment under section 4110 of title 5, United States Code, when: (a) The announced purpose of the conference is educational or instructional; (b) More than half of the time is scheduled for a planned, organized exchange of information between presenters and audience which meets the definition of training in section 4101 of title 5, United States Code; (c) The content of the conference is germane to improving individual and/or organizational performance, and (d) Development benefits will be derived through the employee's attendance.” Agencies have to distinguish between conference and training attendance and use the appropriate identifier (see Conference - Other Than Training above). Examples: Job required training, Internships, Intergovernmental Personnel Act, and forums.
Relocation Travel performed in connection with a transfer from one official station to another for employees/immediate family members, as applicable. Examples: Permanent change of station (PCS) moves for domestic and international transferees/new appointees, tour renewal, temporary change of station (TCS), and last move home.
Travel Period Start Date, End Date Month, Day, Year according to agency guidelines.
Travel Type CONUS/Domestic Travel within continental United States.
OCONUS/Domestic Travel outside the continental United States.
Foreign Travel to other countries.
Leave Indicator Annual, Sick, Other Identifies leave type as the reason for an interruption of per diem entitlement.
Official Station City, State, Zip The location where the employee regularly performs his or her duties or an invitational traveler's home or regular place of business. If the employee's work involves recurring travel or varies on a recurring basis, the location where the work activities of the employee's position of record are based is considered the employee's official station.
Residence State, Zip, City The geographical location where employee resides, if different from official station.
Payment Method EFT Direct deposit via electronic funds transfer.
Treasury Check Payment made by Treasury check.
Imprest Fund Payment made by Imprest Fund.
Mailing Address Street Address, City, State, Zip The location designated by the traveler based on agency guidelines.

Commercial Transportation Information

Group name Data elements Description
Transportation Payment Method employee used to purchase transportation tickets
Method Indicator GTR U.S. Government Transportation Request
Central Billing Account A contractor centrally billed account
Government Charge Card In accordance with and as provided by agency guidelines
Transportation Payment Identification Number Payment ID Number A number that identifies the payment for the transportation tickets, according to agency guidelines, e.g., GTR number, Govt. contractor-issued charge card number
Transportation Method Indicator Air (other than coach-class) Common carrier used as transportation to TDY location
Air (coach-class)
Non-contract Air, Train, Other
Transportation in Performance of TDY or While at the TDY Location POV, Car rental, Taxi, TNC, Innovative mobility technology company, Other Identifies transportation used while in the performance of TDY or while at the TDY location

Travel Expense Information

Group name Data elements Description
Per Diem Total Number of Days The number of days traveler claims to be on per diem status, for each official travel location
Total Amount Claimed The amount of money traveler claims as per diem expense
Lodging, Meals & Incidentals
Travel Advance Advance Outstanding The amount of travel advance outstanding, when the employee files the travel claim
Remaining Balance The amount of the travel advance that remains outstanding
Subsistence Actual Days Total number of days the employee charged actual subsistence expenses
The number of days must be expressed as a whole number
Total Actual Amount Total amount of actual subsistence expenses claimed as authorized. Actual subsistence rate, per day, may not exceed the maximum subsistence expense rate established for official travel by the Federal Travel Regulation
Transportation Method Cost Air (other than coach-class) The amount of money the transportation actually cost the traveler, entered according to method of transportation
Air (coach-class)
Non-contract Air, Train
Other Bus or other form of transportation
Transportation in Performance of TDY or While at the TDY Location POV mileage Total number of miles driven in POV
POV mileage expense Total amount claimed as authorized based on mileage rate. Different mileage rates apply based on type and use of the POV
Car rental, Taxi, TNC, Innovative mobility technology company, Other
Constructive cost Constructive cost The difference between the amount authorized to spend versus the amount claimed
Reclaim Reclaim amount An amount of money previously denied as reimbursement for which additional justification is now provided
Total Claim Total claim The sum of the amount of money claimed for per diem, actual subsistence, mileage, transportation method cost, and other expenses

Standard Data Elements for Federal Travel

[Accounting & Certification]

Group name Data elements Description
Accounting Classification Accounting Code Agency accounting code.
Non-Federal Source Indicator Per Diem, Subsistence, Transportation Indicates the type of travel expense(s) paid, in part or totally, by a non-Federal source.
Non-Federal Source Payment Method Check, EFT, Payment “in-kind” Total payment provided by non-Federal source according to method of payment.
Signature/Date Fields Claimant Signature Traveler's signature, or digital representation. The signature signifies the traveler read the “fraudulent claim/responsibility” statement.
Date Date traveler signed “fraudulent claim/responsibility” statement.
Claimant Signature Traveler's signature, or digital representation. The signature signifies the traveler read the “Privacy Act” statement.
Date Date traveler signed “Privacy Act” statement.
Approving Officer Signature Approving Officer's signature, or digital representation. The signature signifies the travel claim is approved for payment based on authorized travel.
Date Date Approving Officer approved and signed the travel claim.
Certifying Officer Signature Certifying Officer's signature, or digital representation. The signature signifies the travel claim is certified correct and proper for payment.
Date Date Certifying Officer signed the travel claim.

Note to Appendix C: Agencies must ensure that a purpose code is captured for those individuals traveling under unlimited open authorizations.

[FTR Amdt. 70, 63 FR 15981, Apr. 1, 1998; 63 FR 35538, June 30, 1998, as amended by FTR Amdt. 2005-03, 70 FR 28460, May 18, 2005; FTR Amdt. 2009-05, 74 FR 35808, July 21, 2009; FTR Amdt. 2009-06, 74 FR 55150, Oct. 27, 2009; FTR Amdt. 2010-02, 75 FR 24436, May 5, 2010; FTR Amdt. 2010-07, 75 FR 72967, Nov. 29, 2010; FTR Amdt. 2017-01, 83 FR 604, Jan. 5, 2018; 84 FR 55247, Oct. 16, 2019]

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