|Subchapter 4500 - Recruitment and Retention Incentives
Section B - Payment of Travel and/or Transportation Expenses for New Appointees and for Pre-Employment Interviews
|For Whom May I Pay Expenses?||
You may pay travel and/or transportation expenses for:
Payment for a candidate or appointee will be at the discretion of the approving official. A decision by one organizational program that payment is appropriate for a particular position does not require a like determination by any other program which may be filling similar positions. A decision that payment is appropriate in connection with one specific vacancy does not require a like decision in connection with future vacancies (5 CFR 572.102 and Attachment 1 to DPM 572-1 dated 3/5/91).
Note to SPO: This incentive tool is only to be used (at the Program's discretion) to recruit new appointees who are traveling to the first post of duty. It is not to be used for appointees who are considered Federal employees (e.g., case examining certificates where the selectee is a current Federal employee). In this type of scenario work closely with the supervisor analyzing if the selection is considered to be in the "best interest of the government." If so, advise the supervisor that s/he must pay relocation expenses and this Section does not apply.
Under this provision, expenses that may be paid to a new appointee are in accordance with applicable travel regulations that include:
|Service Agreement Violations||If your new appointee receives travel and transportation expenses to the first post of duty, and s/he fails to remain in Federal service for 12 months after appointment, then s/he must repay the money spent for the expenses.|
When deciding whether to pay travel and transportation expenses for a pre-employment interview, consider:
When deciding whether to pay travel and transportation expenses for the first post of duty to a new appointee, consider:
|Process for Paying Travel and/or Transportation Expenses||
You, as a manager or supervisor, should follow this process:
MRP programs are delegated the authority to approve payment of travel and/or transportation expenses.
Note: This authority is delegated to the lowest level of supervision with the authority to take personnel actions (e.g., make final, firm offers of employment, promote, remove). MRP programs may choose to retain authority at a higher level.
In addition, to the record requirements on the Records/Reports Chart in Section A, the SPO also must maintain the following information:
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