NB_360_22_4 - NB 360-22-4 PER Update Resuming Relocation Travel
NB 360-22-4 PER Update Resuming Relocation Travel
National Bulletin: 360-22-4    Date: December 22, 2021  
Subject: PER – Update Resuming Relocation Travel  

Purpose.   To extend the timeline for relocation waiver exceptions through February 28, 2022.     
Expiration Date.   September 30, 2022   
Background.   National Bulletin (NB) 360-21-6, “Resuming Location Travel,” 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. NB 360-22-1, “Update Resuming Location Travel,” extended that process through January 1, 2022. This new national bulletin extends that exception process availability through February 28, 2022.         
Explanation.  This policy applies to all new permanent change of station activities and those that were in a hold status. Transferring FPAC employees should discuss any concerns or challenges, such as if the employee can successfully complete their assigned duties remotely and if they are not comfortable or able to transfer because of the pandemic, with their new supervisor. Upon agreement, the employee can submit a written request to their supervisor to keep their relocation on hold until February 28, 2022, when NRCS will again 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 February 28, 2022.

If the employee/supervisor wishes to move forward with relocation, they should notify their assigned Human Resources Division 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 national bulletin should be directed to Bart Huber at bart.huber@usda.gov.      


Associate Chief   

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