Section 515 - Public Comments
Since the Section 515 policy was established, GSA has received three requests for correction of information, as shown below.
1. Data Quality Act Complaint against GSA’s Categorical Exclusion for the Peace Bridge Commercial Building Expansion Project in Buffalo, New York - Initial Complaint May 21, 2014
Summary of PEER Group Complaint:
"PEER respectfully requests that GSA rescind its CE for the Commercial Building Expansion Project on the basis that it contains false and unsubstantiated statements and conclusions, and complete a new externally peer-reviewed National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (“NEPA”) environmental analysis for the Project that constitutes a full and open environmental review which affords interested agencies, stakeholders, and the public the opportunity to learn about, comment, and influence decision making."
Summary of PEER Group Appeal - September 17, 2014:
"Unfortunately, the basis of GSA’s rejection constitutes an obfuscation of the law and GSA’s responsibility to the American people. GSA officials in fact disseminated GSA’s CATEX for the Commercial Building Expansion Project to the public in a manner that subjects the CATEX to the legally binding provisions of OMB and GSA Guidelines on information quality."
2. Information Correction Request under Section 515 of Public Law 106-554, May 31, 2007
"Recently while checking the current Meals and Incidental Expense (M&IE) rates for Minnesota, I noticed that the County of Olmsted happened to be misspelled. On the GSA website it is spelled as: Olmstead, while in corrected form it should read Olmsted."
E. Mattson, MN
GSA officially responded by correcting the misspelled information and contacting Mr. Mattson to let him know the change had been made.
3. Feedback from online form submitted on Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 13:38:28.
Inquirer's Name: C. Foster
Report/Publication Name: Federal Travel Regulations Subparagraph 301-10.302
Information to change: Automobile mileage determined by aeronautical charts should be by highway atlas, Rand-McNally.
Problem's Affect: Need authoritative basis for determining distances. Not logical as written.
Response: C. Foster
Phone Number for Clarification: xxxxxxxxx
GSA officially responded to the requestor on May 31, 2005. That response was:
Thank you, Mr. Foster, for your interest in the General Services Administration's (GSA) Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) (41 CFR 300-304). GSA acknowledges a publishing error at §301-10.302, a table to determine distance measurements for travel when authorized to use a privately owned vehicle. An official correction is in process, and we anticipate the FTR final rule to be published in the Federal Register in the near future. The document is pending GSA final signature and clearance by the Office of Management and Budget.
GSA amends the table, in the second column, in the first entry for privately owned automobile or privately owned motorcycle, by revising the first entry to read "As shown in paper or electronic standard highway mileage guides, or the actual miles driven as determined from odometer readings." GSA also amends the table, in the second column, in the second entry for privately owned aircraft, by revising the first sentence to read "As determined from charts issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)."
I trust this responds to your inquiry.
Office of Governmentwide Policy
Travel Management Policy