U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
 
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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
 
November 6, 2008
 
In Reply Refer To:
1382 (850) P
 
EMS TRANSMISSION 11/07/2008
Information Bulletin No. 2009-019
 
To:             All Washington Office and Field Officials
 
From:         Assistant Director, Business and Fiscal resources
 
Subject:     Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Policy Guide
 
The Department of the Interior (DOI) recently undertook an initiative to standardize the relocation policy throughout the DOI. As a result, on September 30, 2008, Financial Administration Memorandum No. 2008-017 and its attached PCS Policy Guide were issued.
 
The significant changes to the current Bureau of Land Management (BLM) relocation policy, which can be found at http://nbcweb.blm.gov/ops/travel/, include:
 
  • The option of a fixed amount per diem rate reimbursement for a house-hunting trip. 
  • Limiting the authorized period for actual temporary quarters subsistence expenses to a maximum of 30 days if a house-hunting trip was taken and a maximum of 60 days if no house-hunting trip was taken. 
  • A change in the amount reimbursed for the home-marketing incentive to the lesser of:
 
                 (a) Three percent of the price the third party relocation contractor paid the employee for the home;
 
                 (b) The government savings resulting from the amended value sale; or
 
                 (c) $10,000.
 
The PCS Policy Guide, located at http://www.doi.gov/pfm/fams/fam2008-17.html, affects all relocating employees who receive written notification of an offer for a position with relocation benefits on/or after October 1, 2008. Current BLM policy, as outlined in the BLM Manual
 
Supplement H-1382-1, 4/18/05, “Permanent Change of Station Employee Guide,” will apply to all relocating employees who received written notification of the offer of a position with relocation benefits on/or before September 30, 2008.
 
Please direct any questions you may have regarding PCS to Chris Barned, Chief, Travel Unit, Division of Business Services, National Operations Center, at (303) 236-6276.
 
 
Signed by:                                                                  Authenticated by:
Michael A. Ferguson                                                   Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director                                                       Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Business and Fiscal Resources

 
Last updated: 10-21-2009