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  • 1. JOINT FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS(JFTR) VOL 1. CH. 9
  • 2. REFERENCE
    • NAVSO P-6034 JFTR VOL 1
    • CH 9-STATION ALLOWANCES(OCONUS COLA AND TLA)
  • 3. DEFINITIONS
    • Member with dependents- a member who is authorized to have dependents reside in the members OCONUS PDS vicinity
    • Member without dependents- a member who has no dependents, or who has dependents that do not reside in the PDS vicinity, or whose dependents are not command sponsored and are residing in the PDS.
    • Station allowances- COLA (cost of living allowance), TLA (temporary lodging allowance)
    • Vicinity- In this chapter, the country, state (when in Alaska or Hawaii) or US territory or possession within which the members PDS is located.
  • 4. MORE DEFINITIONS….
    • GOV’T dining facility/Mess and GOV’T QTRS-
    • a. GOV’T Meals- In addition to GOV’T mess, for COLA purposes, also includes a facility providing meals with or without charge under agreement with the GOV’T.
    • b. GOV’T QTRS- in addition to GOV’T QTRS as defined in APP A, GOV’T QTRS include individual QTRS furnished with or without charge under agreement with the GOV’T.
    • Command Sponsored Dependent- See DODI 1315.18, Procedures for Military Personnel Assignments, for DOD services and/or service regulations for dependent command sponsorship criteria.
  • 5. COST-OF-LIVING ALLOWANCE(COLA)
      • COLA is authorized to assist a member in maintaining the purchasing power of the discretionary portion of spendable income while assigned to an OCONUS PDS.
      • COLA is derived by comparing the OCONUS cost of living to the CONUS cost of living.
      • COLA is calculated at a daily rate. It is computed by using the mbr’s annual income to identify the mbr’s annual spendable income which when multiplied by the authorized COLA index determines the annual COLA.
  • 6. COLA CONT…
      • START- COLA generally starts when a mbr reports to a PDS or the day a dependent arrives prior to the sponsor. COLA starts the day after reporting if on the reporting day, the mbr is authorized MALT-plus per diem.
      • STOP- The day before the mbr departs (PCS) or the day before the homeport change eff date (from OCONUS) of the ship or unit the mbr is assigned.
      • Unless-
      • An extension is authorized
      • COLA is authorized during PCS between PDS in close proximity.
      • COLA is authorized for mbr without dependent undergoing homeport change, provided the homeport change is delayed and QTRS on board ship are not available.
  • 7. COLA FOR A MBR WITHOUT DEPENDENT
    • REDUCED COLA- is paid to a mbr when both GOV’T QTRS and GOV’T dining facility/mess are available.
      • A mbr who routinely eat 2 or more meals a day in the dining facility/mess whether or not receiving BAS, should be receiving reduced COLA.
      • If the CO expected the mbr to cook and consume meals in GOV’T QTRS the COLA with no dependents is authorized.
    • GOV’T dining facility/mess availability- Decision on COLA authorization for a mbr with no dependents vs reduced COLA rate is predicated based on whether or not the dining facility/mess is actually available for the mbr and whether the mbr is expected to purchase food for preparation in GOV’T QTRS based on the meal preparation facilities in the GOV’T QTRS.
  • 8. COLA WITH NO DEPENDENT EXAMPLES:
    • Mil to Mil maintaining joint residence- each is authorized COLA computed for mbr with no dependents
    • Mbr authorized to occupy other than GOV’T QTRS- E7 or above who has no dependents
    • Mbr with no dependents and is assigned to a ship permanent duty – E6 or above living in private housing
    • Both spouses on sea duty with no dependents assigned permanent duty in private housing
  • 9. COLA FOR A MEMBER WITH DEPENDENTS
      • A mbr with dependent is authorized COLA based on the number of command sponsored dependents at the PDS, regardless of GOV’T dining facility/mess availability including on ship.
      • EXCEPT-
      • for any day in excess of 30 consecutive calendar days that a mbr is on leave CONUS accompanied by ALL dependents.
      • When any dependent returns CONUS temporarily for over 30 days, then on the 31 st day the COLA is reduced to the rate of the remaining number of dependents.
      • When a dependent returns CONUS for school then then the COLA stops the day following the departure.
      • When 1 or more dependents early returns CONUS, the OCONUS COLA is reduced the day following the departure at the rate of the remaining dependents
  • 10. COLA WITH DEPENDENTS CONT…
      • Home Port change- if a mbr assigned to a ship or other fleet unit with an announced homeport change and is in receipts of PCS orders and the dependent is authorized to travel to new homeport, the new homeport is the mbrs PDS for COLA purposes.
      • Home Port change amendment- The mbr is authorized COLA extension through secretarial process beyond 60 days after the amended authorization/orders effective date.
      • Geographical Location- The PDS location governs the COLA index payable unless otherwise specified.
  • 11. TEMPORARY LODGING ALLOWANCE(TLA)
    • TLA is provided to partially reimburse a mbr for the more than normal expenses incurred while occupying temporary lodgings.
    • Examples-
    • Upon reporting at an OCONUS PDS (includes TDY within the new OCONUS PDS limits) and waiting GOV’T QTRS assignment or while completing arrangements for private housing when GOV’T QTRS are not available.
    • When the appropriate official determines that for reasons beyond the mbrs control, it is necessary for the mbr.
    • When seeking permanent GOV’T QTRS/private housing following TDY of more than 90 days.
    • While house-hunting after the mbr arrives at the new PDS and reports for duty IAW a PCS.
    • During a mbrs hospitalization period while en-route between PDS when dependents are required to use OCONUS temporary lodging during the hospitalization period.
  • 12. GENERAL TLA PAYMENT CONDITIONS
      • Lodging expenses are not allowed while staying with friends/relatives
      • Personal inconvenience factor is not a determining factor for an additional TLA period.
      • TLA may be authorized when the TLA authority determines it is mandatory that a mbr and/or dependents occupy temp lodging at personal expense.
      • Non-occupancy of accommodations during portion of the TLA period does not prevent auth for other days during the TLA period.
      • An initial TLA period and an additional TLA period do not have to be continuous.
      • A mbr serving an unaccompanied tour is not authorized TLA when GOVT mess/GOVT QTRS are not used because a non-command sponsored dependent is in the vicinity of the PDS.
  • 13. INITIAL ASSIGNMENT
    • TLA authorization for an OCONUS PDS assignment requiring a residence change ordinarily should not exceed 60 days.
    • At the end of the first 15 days, the OCONUS TLA authority should address review of the mbrs situation to determine progress.
    • When authorized per-diem, and a mbr and/or dependents occupy temporary lodgings on the reporting day to the new PDS, the mbr may be authorized TLA for the mbr and/or dependents.
    • TLA upon initial arrival stops the day before a mbr occupies GOVT QTRS or private housing. In any case, TLA must stop the day HHG are delivered.
  • 14. TLA UPON DEPARTURE
    • The TLA period upon departure should not exceed 10 days before the day the mbr departs the PDS when PCS’ing.
    • EXCEPT-
    • One or more dependents remain in the old PDS vicinity. TLA must not exceed 10 days after the last dependent departs.
    • A longer TLA period is authorized due to delayed departure.
    • The mbr/dependents are hospitalized or the mbrs duties require the mbr to be away from the PDS.
    • The PCS authorization/order effective date is defined
    • TLA accrual provisions apply in computing TLA upon departure.
    • Expenses incurred on the departure day are not considered except that TLA for the preceding day may increase
  • 15. TLA UNDER SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
    • A mbr must vacate established permanent GOVT QTRS/private housing in PDS vicinity
    • Deployment period while away from PDS- a mbr receiving TLA and called away on deployment is entitled to continue TLA because of military necessity not mbr’s personal choice.
    • Mbr acquires dependents during tour is not entitled due to dependents not on PCS orders on effective date of PCS orders.
    • PCS authorization/orders cancelled/revoked- if revoke/cancelled after the mbr occupies temporary lodging then receive up to the maximum number or days allowable
  • 16. TLA MISCELLANEOUS CONDITIONS
    • Leave or Permissive travel in the PDS vicinity- TLA may be paid for any day a mbr is on leave of permissive travel in the PDS vicinity after reporting for duty, while seeking private housing or waiting GOVT QTRS assign.
    • Leave or Permissive travel away from the PDS vicinity- TLA is not payable for any day a mbr is on leave or permissive travel away from PDS, unless one or more dependents remains on PDS vicinity to continue seeking private housing or waiting GOVT QTRS assignment.
    • New PDS within commuting distance- TLA not authorized unless the CO approves temporary lodging due for reasons out of mbrs control.

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