NB_360_21_10 - NB 360-21-10 PER – Resuming Relocation Travel
NB 360-21-10 PER – Resuming Relocation Travel
National Bulletin: 360-21-10 Date: August 10, 2021
Subject: PER – Resuming Relocation Travel


 

Purpose.  To update status of relocation travel and the waiver process for exceptions.  

 

Expiration Date.  September 30, 2022

 

Background.  National Bulletin 360-21-6 and FPAC-N 2300-005, Resuming Mission Critical Domestic and Foreign Employee Relocation Travel for Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Agencies in Response to Updated 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance eliminated the need for a waiver to move forward with the relocation process. In April 2021, NRCS provided an exception process for employees who had safety concerns regarding the lifted COVID-19 restrictions through July 2021. That exception process availability has been extended through October 31, 2021.

 

Explanation.  This policy applies to all new permanent change of station (PCS) activities and those that were in a hold status. Transferring FPAC employees should discuss any concerns or challenges with their new supervisor. Specifically, if the employee can successfully complete their assigned duties remotely and are not comfortable or able to transfer because of the pandemic, the employee can submit a written request to their supervisor to keep their relocation on hold until October 31, 2021, when NRCS will evaluate the COVID situation across the nation.

Note: Relocations to and from U.S. Territories and foreign locations will be dependent on local travel restrictions.

All new relocation transfers that are government-funded will be assigned a relocation specialist to begin the process unless the supervisor notifies their staffing specialist of the employee/supervisor agreement that the employee will continue to work remotely from their old duty location through October 2021.

If the employee/supervisor wishes to move forward with relocation, they should notify their assigned Human Resource Division (HRD) staffing specialist of the expected report date.

Note: The Financial Management Division Travel Relocation Team requires 8–10 weeks to transfer an employee. As a result, the report date should be at least 8 weeks in the future.

 

Contact.  Questions regarding this bulletin should be directed to Bart Huber at bart.huber@usda.gov.

 
 

 /s/

DENISE COLEMAN
Acting Associate Chief

 
 
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