Evacuation payments are made when an
employee/family member(s) is authorized or ordered to evacuate a foreign post.
Evacuation payments consist of (1) a subsistence allowance to help cover the
costs of lodging, meals, laundry, and dry cleaning; (2) local transportation at
the safehaven; and (3) an air freight replacement allowance if air freight is
not shipped from post. Subsistence amounts are based on the safehaven's per
diem rate if the family is occupying commercial quarters, and vary based on
family size. M&IE payments decrease over time. Evacuation payments
terminate no later than 180 days after the evacuation order is issued.
Generally, the United States (anywhere in the
50 States and the District of Columbia) is designated as the official safehaven
(at times, when necessary, an official foreign safehaven may also be
designated), and evacuees are required to return to the U.S. (or official
foreign safehaven) to receive allowances. An employee may request designation
of an alternate safehaven for special family needs but approval is not
guaranteed. See DSSR sections 600 and 960 (Evacuation Payments Worksheet) and
the Evacuation Manual available at each foreign post for more information.
Sample tables for Subsistence Expense
Allowance (SEA) & Separate Maintenance Allowance (SMA) rates: Daily Rates By Family Size or Monthly Rates By Family Size
Education Allowance Reference Guide for Evacuation and Separate Maintenance Situations
guide if you have questions regarding how education allowances are affected by
Evacuation status, Separate Maintenance Allowance (SMA) and Transitional
Separate Maintenance Allowance (TSMA).
Foreign Service Assignment Notebook
Posts in Evacuation Status Report (Intranet ONLY)
*Links to M/EDCS page; latest report under "Quick Links"
DS-0600 (06/2013) - Evacuation Payments
to calculate Subsistence Expenses Allowance (SEA) claim
DS-4095 (08/2013) - Subsistence Expense Allowance Application (SEA)
*To facilitate SEA payment processing for Department of State employees
and/or eligible family members
**To expedite processing: Forms may be faxed to
(301) 985-8589 or emailed to GFSCSeaPackage@state.gov.
Contact information, mail and express mail addresses for sending originals are
on the form.
FAQ - Evacuations
Evacuations - Diplopedia (Intranet
evacuations, FLO is the Department
of State's main point of contact for evacuees, providing guidance on
allowances, regulations, housing, education and employment for family members. FLO
coordinates with post management, regional bureaus and other offices to support
the evacuated community. For questions about evacuations contact: FLOAskEvacuations@state.gov
Contact for Department of State Direct Hire
Comptroller Global Finance Services (CGFS) at (843)746-0722 or email GFSCSeaPackage@state.gov for clarification, assistance or specific questions related to your SEA
application and payments.
of Defense and Uniformed Military Personnel: Uniformed
military personnel and their dependents are covered separately under the Department
of Defense Joint Federal Travel Regulations. Assigned DOD civilians,
military, and family members should contact their parent organizations. Those
assigned to the Defense Attache Office should contact DIA Headquarters; and
those assigned under the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (Military Group,
ODC, etc.) should contact their Combatant Command. If DOD personnel have
questions, contact the Defense Attache Service, Support Services Branch at
(202) 231-7019/7465 /7464/7466 or email DASSupportServices@dodiis.mil.
Agencies Outside of the Department of State: Employees
outside of the Department of State should check their agency's regulations
before applying the DSSR (for foreign affairs agencies, consult the FAM). The
Department of State Standardized Regulations (DSSR) applies to all government
civilians in foreign areas, but each agency may have further implementing
regulations and has its own forms and process.
For Standardized Regulation