November 5, 1997
BULLETIN NO. 98-02
TO THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE
DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
on Relocation Expenses for Federal Employees
1. Purpose. The purpose
of this Bulletin is to provide instructions for preparing information
necessary to accurately report the expenses of Federal employee relocation.
2. Background and authority.
Section 635 of the Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government Appropriations
Act, FY 1998 (P.L. 105-61), directs OMB to require all Federal departments
and agencies to report total obligations for the expenses of employee
relocation associated with the past, current, and budget years (FY 1997-1999).
OMB is required to compile this information in the form of a table, presenting
obligations for the expenses of employee relocation for all departments
and agencies, and transmit this table to Congress each year as part of
the President's annual budget.
3. Coverage. This Bulletin
applies to all executive branch departments and agencies.
4. Definitions. For
the purposes of this Bulletin, employee relocation expenses are payments
to Federal employees for costs related to permanent change in a workstation;
i.e., when the Federal government pays a person to move residence because
he or she is assigned to work in a different place; e.g., city, state,
or country. All obligations incident to employee relocation authorized
under either chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code, or section 901
of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (22 U.S.C. 4081; Public Law 96-465),
shall be included. These obligations are normally reported as part of
the following object classes (OC):
- travel and transportation
of persons (OC 2 1);
- transportation of things
(e.g., movement of household goods, except for storage costs, which
are under OC 25.7) OC 22-)
- civilian personnel benefits
(e.g., various relocation allowances, expenses associated with sale
of residence, breaking a lease) OC 12. 1;
- military personnel benefits
(same as OC 12. 1, except that it applies to military personnel only)
OC 12.2; and
- operation and maintenance
of equipment (includes contractual services for storage and care of
vehicles and storage of household goods; but only those associated with
relocation) OC 25.7.
5. Required Materials.
The information should be provided in the format of the attached table
6. Due dates. The information
is due to OMB no later than five days after the MAX data base supporting
the FY 1999 Budget is closed to agency input. Agencies should send Exhibit
A to the OMB Resource Management Office (RMO) with primary budget responsibility
for the agency.
7. Information contact.
Inquiries concerning this Bulletin may be addressed to the OMB representatvie
with primary budget responsibility for the agency.
Franklin D. Raines
OMB RMO Contact:
Employee Relocation Expenses
*obligations in millions of