Department of Transportation

Reduce Travel & Travel Costs by increasing the FTR's TDY radius

Change the Federal Travel Regulations (FTR) to increase the Temporary Duty (TDY) travel radius from 35 miles to 60 miles. This change would save money and cause agencies to perform better since:


(1) It would stop the current practice of federal employees in downtown Washington, DC collecting lodging and per-diem reimbursements while attending conferences in the DC suburbs (Leesburg, Frederick, etc).


(2) It would cause Virtual Meetings, Virtual Training classes and Telecommuting to become more attractive alternatives than in-person meetings.


(3) Many taxpayers have daily commutes that take are greater than the 35-mile radius that currently qualifies as TDY travel.



Idea No. 13850