Travel Process Instructions

1. General

  • This document provides instructions for travel and lodging arrangements for the August 7-8, 2013, ITS Program Advisory Committee (ITS PAC) meeting at the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport Hotel, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202-3526 and for preparing and submitting the post-meeting Travel Expense Report.
  • ITS PAC official travel, lodging, and associated expense reimbursements are subject to the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR).
  • These instructions and the associated Travel Expense Report are available online in the August 7-8, 2013 meeting section of the ITS PAC Website.
  • Please complete the following actions by the dates indicated:

Complete travel arrangements: At your earliest convenience
Reserve guest room: Not later than July 19, 2013
Submit Travel Expense Report: Not later than August 15, 2013

2. Travel Arrangements

  • The designated ITS PAC meeting Travel Management Service is SAIC SSC Travel Services.  ITS PAC members must use this service to arrange travel unless granted an exception by the ITS PAC Designated Federal Official, Stephen Glasscock.  Submit your request for exception, with justification, to Mr. Glasscock by email at stephen.glasscock@dot.gov, or by telephone at 202-366-9126.  Travel arrangements must include coach-class service; a U.S. flag carrier; and the most direct, uninterrupted route.  You must request an exception also to use a privately owned vehicle (POV) or rental vehicle to travel to and from the meeting location, if doing so is more advantageous to the government than using common carrier transportation.
  • Please make travel arrangements as soon as possible by contacting the SAIC SSC Travel Services agent, Christa Cook by email at Christa.L.Cook@saic.com (preferred) or by telephone at 703-676-2744.  Ms. Cook’s normal business hours are (DST):

Mon 11:30 am – 8:00 pm
Tues 12:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thurs 12:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Fri 10:30 am – 8:00 pm

For immediate assistance during other business hours (8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.) or for after-hours assistance,
call 703-676-8780.  When contacting Ms. Cook, identify yourself as an ITS Program Advisory Committee member and be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Your name as it appears on identification documents (driver’s license, passport, etc.).
  • Your birth date and gender.
  • The airports you will be using.
  • Your desired travel dates and times.
  • Any travel preferences or requirements (seat preference, frequent flyer number, etc.).
  • Your email address.
  • Your home and/or cell telephone number.  Although you may also provide your business number, your home and/or cell number is required in the event of an emergency or schedule change.

Ms. Cook will email you a draft itinerary for review and approval by return email or by telephone. Once she receives your approval, she will email you the final itinerary.;

3. Lodging

Please reserve your guest room as soon as possible, but not later than July 19, 2013. A block of guest rooms at the Government per diem rate is on hold for the ITS PAC at the Crystal City Marriott Hotel at Reagan National Airport located at 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202. You may reserve your guestroom telephonically or online. To reserve telephonically, call 800-228-9290 or 703-413-5500 and request to book in the ITS Program Advisory Committee (Dept of Transportation) Meeting Room Block (check-in is Tuesday, August 6; and check-out is Thursday, August 8). To reserve online, use the following link:

Book Deluxe Marriott Room at Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport for 169.00 per night

Stays of more than two nights must be approved by Mr. Glasscock. Please submit your request for exception, with justification, to Mr. Glasscock as described in Travel Arrangements above.

Reservations must be guaranteed by a major credit card. Reservations made after July 19 will be subject to available space and prevailing rates. Should you desire to stay at a different hotel, please provide Mr. Glasscock the name of the hotel and your arrival and departure dates. Lodging will be reimbursed at the Government per diem rate.

You must pay for your own lodging expenses upon check-out from the hotel.  Your authorized lodging expenses will be reimbursed upon submission of the Travel Expense Report, as described in paragraph 4 below.

4. Travel Expense Report Preparation and Submission

  • Please prepare and submit your Travel Expense Report not later than August 15, 2013.
  • The Travel Expense Report consists of a Microsoft Excel workbook with two worksheets (a Travel Expense Worksheet and a Travel Mileage Worksheet), available online in the August 7-8, 2013 meeting section of the ITS PAC Website.  If you are not able to access the online version of the report, you may use the enclosed printed copies of the worksheets.
  • Airline, train, or other common carrier fare to meeting location:

If the SAIC Travel Services Group coordinated your travel, leave this row blank.  If you were approved to make your own travel arrangements, enter the total cost of your ticket, not to exceed the “coach class” fare.  If you received an exception to use a rental vehicle to travel to and from the meeting location, enter the cost of the rental.  If you received an exception to use a POV to travel to and from the meeting location, see Mileage below.

  • Mileage:

On the Travel Mileage Worksheet, enter POV mileage from your home to or from the airport/train station, less the distance of your daily commute.  If you received an exception to use a POV in lieu of common carrier transportation to travel to and from the meeting location, enter the total POV mileage.  In the online Travel Expense Report, the total mileage on the Travel Mileage Worksheet and the mileage reimbursement on the Travel Expense Worksheet will be calculated automatically.  If you use the enclosed printed worksheets, calculate the mileage reimbursement at $0.565 per mile.

  • Lodging:

Enter the cost of the room per night, not to exceed the maximum allowable lodging per diem rate, excluding taxes.  The maximum allowable lodging per diem rate for Arlington, VA for August 2013 is $169.00.  Extra expenses (movies, snacks, etc.) will not be reimbursed.

  • Lodging Tax:

Enter the lodging tax per night.  Only the tax on the allowable per diem rate will be reimbursed.

  • Meals and Incidental Expenses (M&IE):

Enter M&IE per day (fees and tips to porters, baggage carriers, bellhops, and hotel maids; ITS PAC-related postage; etc.).  The maximum allowable M&IE per diem rate for Arlington, VA for August 2013 is $71.00, except that on your first and last travel days, the M&IE rate is 75% of the maximum rate, or $53.25.  Instructions on M&IE deductions for government-provided meals will be provided later.

  • Parking and Tolls:

In the appropriate date column, enter parking expenses and tolls associated with your ITS PAC-related travel.

  • Taxi/Public Transportation:

Enter taxi/public transportation expenses associated with your ITS PAC-related travel. 

  • Miscellaneous:

Enter the total of any ITS PAC-related expenses for office supplies, copying and faxing, courier, telephone calls, etc.

  • Below the expenses table, enter to whom the reimbursement check should be made payable and the address to which the check should be mailed.
  • Sign and date the Travel Expense Worksheet and fax it, the Travel Mileage Worksheet, and copies of receipts (receipts are required only for lodging, authorized expenses over $75.00, and common carrier fares if you were authorized to purchase your own travel tickets) to:

703-263-9003, Attention: Citizant Accounting

Mail original Expense and Mileage Worksheets and required receipts to:

Citizant, Inc.
5180 Parkstone Dr., Suite 100
Attention: Accounting
Chantilly, VA 20151

  • If you have questions concerning preparation of the Travel Expense Report, please call Carlos R. Vélez at 202-314-3821.
  • See PDF for Travel Expense Sheet and Travel Mileage Sheet
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