I’ve been with DOD since 1974 and have been a GS employee since May 2009. A relocation of myself and eight other employees from Norfolk to Omaha is in the works. Once the decision is made to relocate us is there any definition for minimum time involved in execution of movement?
Your permanent change of station orders will include a report date on which you will be expected to begin work in Omaha. You may be able to delay your report date by filing a request for an extension to find appropriate housing or to finish out a school year for your children, though the decision to grant such a request is at the discretion of the agency. If you have a family, you may receive a dependent travel allowance so that your family can be join you at your new duty station. However, such an allowance does have a time limitation, and any dependent travel must occur within a year of your effective date of transfer, and should begin at the earliest practicable time.
This response is written by Conor D. Dirks, associate attorney of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.
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