Home Service Transfer Allowance
Home Service Transfer Allowance (HSTA): The purpose of the HSTA is to help defray an employee's extraordinary but necessary and reasonable costs when s/he transfers from a foreign post to a post in the United States. To qualify for the allowance, the employee must sign the attestation in DSSR 252.5b, stating that s/he agrees to complete 12 months of USG service after s/he transfers to the U.S. The HSTA is also available to family members who relocate to the U.S. following the death of an employee assigned to a foreign area.
The HSTA is similar to the Foreign Transfer Allowance (FTA) because it also has four portions: a miscellaneous expense portion, a wardrobe portion, a lease penalty portion and a subsistence expense portion.
For the subsistence expense portion, agencies may choose whether to use only the "actual expense reimbursement method" or offer to employees the optional "fixed amount reimbursement system." If the optional method is offered by an agency the employee may choose which method s/he wants to use. Please check your agency's implementing regulations for guidance on which method(s) of reimbursement your agency offers. Note: These calculations differ from reimbursements under FTA.
For actual expense reimbursement: (1) if the U.S. post of assignment is in the continental U.S. (CONUS) the standard CONUS per diem rate is used; (2) if the U.S. post of assignment is outside the continental U.S. (OCONUS) then the per diem of that location (Alaska, Hawaii, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, etc.) is used. For the fixed amount reimbursement, the per diem of the U.S. post of assignment (whether CONUS or OCONUS) always applies. DSSR 252.3 explains how to make calculations under the actual expense reimbursement method and the fixed amount reimbursement system. See DSSR 250, 3 FAM 3231 and DSSR 960HSTA Worksheet (DS-0250 form) for further information on the HSTA.
SF-1190 (07/2009) - Foreign Allowances Application, Grant and Report
DS-0250 (06/2015) - Home Service Transfer Allowance (HSTA) Worksheet
* Allowable expenses under the HSTA are calculated here to support a claim on SF-1190
FAQ - Home Service Transfer Allowance
HSTA - Diplopedia (Intranet ONLY)
Foreign Service Assignment Notebook
Have questions about calculating your HSTA amount or if you're authorized? Need amendments to your orders? Contact your HR Assignment Technician!
Need to submit a HSTA claim? See PCS Travel Claim Center
Have questions about your HSTA claim? Contact Employee Claims Customer Service
For Standardized Regulation interpretation: AllowancesO@state.gov