Review of written material that implements the regulations in the JFTR/JTR
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are DoD Services, non-DoD Services (NOAA, USCG and USPHS) and Agencies required to submit written material implementing JFTR/JTR provisions for review?
- What are the provisions in the JFTR/JTR?
- What is the regulation review process?
- How do I know if PDTATAC has reviewed written material containing JFTR/JTR provisions?
1. Are DoD Services, non-DoD Services (NOAA, USCG and USPHS) and Agencies required to submit written material implementing JFTR/JTR provisions for review?
Yes for DoD Services and Agencies – DoD Directive 5154.29 requires that the PDTATAC staff review all DoD written material that implement JFTR and/or JTR to ensure per diem, travel and transportation allowances are uniformly applied. Non-DoD Uniformed Services are encouraged to submit their written material. The written material, in an editable format (MSWord document preferred), should be forwarded, via the Service Military or Civilian Advisory Panel (MAP or CAP) representative – see the Introduction to the JFTR and/or JTR Feedback Reporting section - for review to:
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
FAX: (571) 372-1301; DSN (312) 372-1301
Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee
Attn: Policy & Regulations Branch
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350-9000
2. What are the provisions in the JFTR/JTR?
The Joint Federal Travel Regulations, Volume 1 (JFTR) pertain to per diem, travel and transportation allowances, housing allowances (BAH, FSH, and OHA), relocation allowances, station allowances (COLA, TLA), CONUS COLA, and certain other allowances of Uniformed Service Active Duty and Reserve Component members. The Uniformed Services are the DoD Services, Coast Guard (DHS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps (NOAA Corps) (Department of Commerce), and U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps (HHS).
The Joint Travel Regulations, Volume 2 (JTR) implements GSA’s Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) in DoD and regulates per diem, travel and transportation allowances, relocation allowances, and certain other allowances of DoD civilian employees and other civilians traveling at DoD expense. The State Department Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), Volume 14 applies to DoD civilian employees assigned to the State Department, appointed under Section 625(d) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 for travel and transportation allowances.
3. What is the regulation review process?
The review process consists of assigning a PDTATAC ‘regulation’ review (RR) number to track the written material through the preliminary review and PDTATAC approval of the written material final draft. Following final PDTATAC clearance and publication, a copy of the published written material must be sent to PDTATAC to complete the review process. The overall process to clear written material could take as long as 30 days, less in most cases.
If the preliminary review of the written material discloses the need for further action, the marked-up written material is returned to the originator for action. The draft is returned to PDTATAC for review/approval once the changes/corrections are made. The approved draft is forwarded to the originator with a tracking number to be annotated in the written material when released. Each change to, or reissuance of, written material requires a separate PDTATAC review.
4. How do I know if PDTATAC has reviewed written material containing JFTR/JTR provisions?
Written material reviewed by PDTATAC has a tracking number starting with ‘RR’ (i.e., RR00000) in the beginning page or text of the publication with a version of the following statement. “This (written material_ has been reviewed by the Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee in accordance with DoDD 5154.29, dated 9 March 1993, as PDTATAC Case RR00000.”
NOTE: The review requirement is addressed in JFTR, par. U1015 and JTR, par. C1015.