GSA's decision to mirror the IRS rate was made on Jan. 8, and is expected to be published in the Federal Register by early next week, according to Jim Harte, an agency spokesman. The rate will be effective for travel on or after Jan. 21, 2002, Harte said. Under federal travel regulations, employees may use personal vehicles for official travel if authorized by their agency. If an agency authorizes travel by other means, such as travel by air, and employees drive their own cars instead, reimbursement rates are limited to the cost of the authorized means of travel.
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