Renewal Agreement Travel (Rat)

To clarify the content, please contact Mr. Rodney (Rick) Miller, Senior Program Analyst, Office of Government-wide Policy, Office of Asset and Transportation Management, at 202-501-3822 or by email at travelpolicy@gsa.gov. Please cite the communication from FTR Bulletin 21-02. Background: The federal authorities allow requests for relocation to persons listed in ftR § 302-1.1. Such persons must sign a service contract attesting that the person agrees to serve for a minimum period after the move and, in accordance with section 302-2.14 of the FTR. Before the completion of the first assignment, an agency may offer advice to an employee in order to carry out a new assignment on the same or any other OCONUS site, if the employee accepts the conditions provided for in FTR § 302-3.212. This FTR bulletin informs the authorities that certain FTT provisions governing the COUNCIL are temporarily repealed due to the effects of the coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19). As a result of COVID-19, staff and their family members may be required or have been forced to delay taking RATs, although the employee has successfully completed their first assignment and is committing to a second mission abroad. As a result of this delay, the staff may not have had 12 months of mission upon their return from the COUNCIL, as provided for in §302-2.14 (d) and 302-3.505 (d)). As a result, agencies may waive §§ 302-2.14 (d) and 302-3.505 (d), which means that COUNCIL travellers are not required to have 12 months on their second overseas mission after taking RATs to be eligible for the COUNCIL.

The requirements of §§ 302-3.223 and 302-3.224 remain in force.