Presidential Transition

Generally, the following allowances are payable to executives departing Government service and new appointees joining Government service. Please check with your agency travel/relocation office for specific details.

1. Departing Presidential/Schedule C Appointees

    No relocation allowances are authorized by the Government to return Presidential or Schedule C appointees to 
    private industry or place of actual residence. (See e.g., FTR §302-3.305). 

2. Departing Career Appointees of the Senior Executive Service (SES) (as defined in FTR §302-3.304).

    Pursuant to FTR § 302-3.307, these employees are eligible for last move home benefits if the Government had  
    previously paid to relocate them under one of the following conditions:

  • Employee was transferred or reassigned geographically from an SES career appointment to another SES career appointment; or
  • Employee was transferred or reassigned geographically from an SES appointment to an appointment outside the SES, but which had a rate of pay equal to or higher than Level V of the Executive Schedule and the employee elected to retain SES retirement benefits under 5 U.S.C. §3392; or
  • Employee was transferred or reassigned geographically from other than an SES career appointment to an SES career appointment.

In addition to the above three criteria, the employee must have been at the time of the transfer or reassignment:

  • Eligible to receive an annuity for optional retirement under certain sections of the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS); or
  • Within 5 years of eligibility to receive an annuity for optional retirement under certain sections of CSRS or FERS; or
  • service retirement or early voluntary retirement under OPM authorization under certain sections of CSRS or FERS.

Three other criteria must also be met to receive last move home benefits:

  • Employee is separating from Federal service on or after September 22, 1988;
  • Employee must be eligible to receive an annuity upon such separation under certain sections of CSRS or FERS (or in the case of death in Government service, met the requirements for being considered eligible to receive an annuity, as of the date of death); and
  • Employee has not previously received “last move home” or "relocation separation" benefits.

Allowable expenses, pursuant to FTR § 302-3.101, Table G, are as follows:

  • Travel expenses including transportation and per diem for the employee;
  •   Transportation expenses, but not per diem, for employee’s immediate family;
  •  Transportation and temporary storage of household goods not to exceed 18,000 pounds net weight (see also FTR §302-7.2); and
  •  Temporary storage not to exceed 150 days (see also FTR §302-7.8).

3. New Appointees (FTR §302-3.1)

New appointees are defined as:

  • An individual employed with the Federal government for the first time; or
  • An individual who has performed transition activities under section 3 of the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 (3 U.S.C. §102, note) and who is appointed in the same fiscal year as the Presidential inauguration that immediately follows his/her transition activities; or
  •  An individual returning to the Government after a break in service except that an employee separated due to a reduction in force (RIF) or transfer of functions may be treated as a transferee instead of a new appointee under certain circumstances (see FTR § 302-3.206); or
  •  A student trainee who is assigned to the Government upon completion of college work.

Allowable expenses, pursuant to FTR § 302-3.2, Table A, are as follows:

  • Travel and transportation expenses plus en-route per diem for the appointee;
  • Transportation expenses, but not per diem, for appointee’s immediate family;
  • Transportation and temporary storage of household goods not to exceed 18,000 pounds net weight (see also FTR §302-7.2); and
  • Temporary storage not to exceed 150 days (see also FTR §302-7.8).

For more information visit www.gsa.federal travelregulation

Last Reviewed 2016-07-13