The GSA is allowing agencies to waive certain requirements of employee relocation policies “to prevent personal hardship to relocating employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” effective retroactive to March 13, 2019, a year before the pandemic was declared a national emergency.
The waivers allowed in GSA Bulletin FTR-20-6 apply to official relocation travel rules that otherwise:
* require relocating employees to complete all aspects of their relocation within one year or meet an authorized exception;
* limit temporary storage of employees’ household goods is limited to 150 days maximum for continental United States (CONUS) to CONUS shipments, and 180 days maximum for shipments with an origin/destination outside the continental United States (OCONUS);
* limit employees to 10 calendar days to complete a house hunting trip.