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Frequently Asked Questions
Footnote ‘n’ Posts 

Questions:
1. Q.
What is a footnote "n" post?

2. Q. Where can I find the footnote ‘n’ posts and the post hardship differential, danger pay and allowance rates?

3. Q. What benefits will I receive if I accept a temporary assignment or detail (TDY) from the US or Other posts to a footnote ‘n’ post?

4. Q. What happens to the Post Hardship Differential if I am temporarily away from the footnote "n" post for more than 30 consecutive days?

5. Q. Will I continue to receive the Danger Pay while I am away from the post?

6. Q. How are the Danger Pay and Post Hardship Differential calculated?

7. Q. Do I have to apply for post hardship differential and danger pay or will they show up automatically in my pay?

8. Q. What benefits are available if I am on detail or temporary duty to a footnote "n" post from a foreign post with a lower hardship differential?

9. Q. What if I take leave from the footnote "n" post before my detail assignment is complete?

10. Q. Do I qualify for other allowances under the DSSR while I am assigned to the footnote ‘n’ post?

 

1. Q. What is a footnote "n" post?

A. The footnote ‘n’ indicator found in DSSR 920 is for posts with a hardship differential where there is (1) a significant number of U.S. military personnel who are or have been involved in hostilities, and (2) a danger pay designation. As of this time, there are only two countries with footnote "n" designation: Afghanistan and Iraq.

2. Q. Where can I find the footnote ‘n’ posts and the post hardship differential, danger pay and allowance rates?

A. The current footnote ‘n’ posts, hardship differential, danger and allowance rates are found on the Office of Allowances website on the Intranet and the Internet - Select Allowance Rates or Rates then select country. As of June 2009, Afghanistan and Iraq are the only footnote ‘n’ locations. Each has 35% post hardship differential and 35% danger pay. Since hardship differentials, danger pay and other allowances are reviewed regularly, you should go to the Office of Allowances' website(s) to verify current rates.

3. Q. What benefits will I receive if I accept a temporary assignment or detail (TDY) from the US or Other posts to a footnote ‘n’ post?

A. You can qualify for the Danger Pay Allowance after being in the country for at least four cumulative hours in one day. (DSSR 651c). You can qualify for the Post Hardship Differential from day one AFTER you serve for a period of 42 consecutive (not cumulative) days or more on detail at the footnote ‘n’ post(s). Once you've established the 42 consecutive-day eligibility period, you may continue to receive the Post Hardship Differential for the footnote "n" post for up to 30 consecutive days if you leave the country for any reason before the detail or temporary duty is terminated.

4. Q. What happens to the Post Hardship Differential if I am temporarily away from the footnote "n" post for more than 30 consecutive days?

A. If you are on leave for more than 30 consecutive days, your differential payment for the footnote "n" post will cease from the 31st day and you will have to meet the 42-consecutive day eligibility requirement on return to the footnote "n" post. (DSSR 533)

5. Q. Will I continue to receive the Danger Pay while I am away from the post?

A. – No. Danger Pay will not be paid for any day you are in the country for less than four cumulative hours. (DSSR 651c)

6. Q. How are the Danger Pay and Post Hardship Differential calculated?

A. - The danger pay and post hardship differential are calculated as a percentage over/above basic compensation. It does not apply to overtime or any other pay. It is paid for hours of basic compensation. In other words, it is not paid on a 24 hour clock but only as a percentage of basic compensation. For instance, an employee is paid basic compensation for 8 hours a day/40 hours a week or 80 hours every two weeks - the percentage is applied to those 8 hours a day/40 hours a week or 80 hours every two weeks (DSSR 040k.)

7. Q. Do I have to apply for post hardship differential and danger pay or will they show up automatically in my pay?

A. - Ask your agency representative and/or timekeeper about the details for submitting the Standard Form (SF) -1190 (Rev. 07/2009) for claiming the post hardship differential and danger pay.  In some cases your agency’s implementing regulations may require you to submit additional information, such as a memo certified by an official at the footnote ‘n’ post. (DSSR 073.4)

8. Q. What benefits are available if I am on detail or temporary duty to a footnote "n" post from a foreign post with a lower hardship differential?

A. – Once you have been at the footnote ‘n’ post for 42 consecutive days, you may receive the hardship differential rate for the footnote ‘n’ post back to the first day of your detail. You will receive the lower differential rate for your post for the first 42 days and beginning on the 43rd day, you will receive payment for the difference in your post’s rate and the footnote ‘n’ rate (assuming you spent 42-consecutive days at the footnote "n" location) and begin receiving the higher footnote "n" post hardship differential until you return to your post of assignment after completing your TDY/detail.

Example: Your post of assignment hardship differential rate was 25% and the footnote ‘n’ post is 35%. Beginning on the 43rd day, you will receive the 35% hardship differential and assuming that you spent 42 consecutive days at footnote "n" location, the additional 10% allowance calculated back to the day you began your detail.

9. Q. What if I take leave from the footnote "n" post before my detail assignment is complete?

A. - As long as you've completed 42-consecutive days at the footnote "n" location, your footnote "n" post hardship differential may continue for up to 30 days if you are on leave or temporarily detailed to another post or country.

10. Q. Do I qualify for other allowances under the DSSR while I am assigned to the footnote ‘n’ post?

A. – It depends on whether your assignment is permanent or temporary. Employees temporarily assigned may receive the hardship differential and danger pay. Employees permanently assigned are eligible to receive the post (cost of living), education, and separate maintenance allowances under certain circumstances. See the specific FAQs related to these allowances.