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SUBJ: CLARIFICATION OF REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM F, THE DA FAMILY MEMBER PRIORITY PLACEMENT PROGRAM (DAFMPPP)

A. DOD 1400.20-1-M, DOD PROGRAM FOR STABILITY OF CIVILIAN EMPLOYMENT, APPENDIX A.

1. IN HANDLING AN INSTANT CASE, WE DISCOVERED THAT EVERYONE MAY NOT BE DEFINING AND/OR INTERPRETING "PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS)" THE SAME. THUS, THIS MESSAGE IS INTENDED TO CLARIFY THE USE OF THE TERM IN REGARD TO REFERENCE A.

2. PER THE JOINT TRAVEL REGULATION, PCS TRAVEL CAN OCCUR EITHER IN THE INTEREST OF THE GOVERNMENT OR NOT IN THE INTEREST OF THE GOVERNMENT. IF IT IS IN THE INTEREST OF THE GOVERNMENT, TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES ARE PAYBLE AND WOULD BE SPECIFIED ON A SET OF ORDERS. CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES MAY SOMETIMES ACTIVELY PURSUE A POSITION CHANGE RESULTING IN A GEOGRAPHIC MOVE THAT IS PRIMARILY FOR THEIR OWN CONVENIENCE OR BENEFIT. IN THIS SITUATION, PCS EXPENSES ARE USUALLY NOT PAID BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THERE WOULD LIKELY BE NO ODERS CUT. THE ACTION IS EFFECTED BY THE PROCESSING OF THE SF 50, NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION. WHILE MANY RELOCATIONS DUE TO POSITION CHANGES OCCUR WITH ORDERS AND PAYMENT OF EXPENSES, IT IS IMPORTANT TO REALIZE THAT ORDERS DO NOT, REPEAT DO NOT, AWAYS HAVE TO EXIST. PARTICULARLY IN THESE TIMES OF TIGHTENED BUDGETS, SOME INSTALLATIONS ARE CHOOSING UP-FRONT (WHEN ANNOUNCING JOBS) NOT TO PAY RELOCATION EXPENSES. THE MOVE THAT THE SELECTEE MAKES AT HIS/HER OWN EXPENSE IS STILL CONSIDERED A PCS.

3. THEREFORE, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, THE PARAGRAPHS IN REF A THAT REQUIRE THE FAMILY MEMBER TO PRESENT A COPY OF SPONSOR'S ORDERS ARE AMENDED ACCORDINGLY. FAMILY MEMBERS OF CIVILIAN SPONSORS WHO RELOCATE DUE TO A POSITION CHANGE FROM ONE ARMY ACTIVITY TO ANOTHER ARMY ACTIVITY WITHIN THE U.S. ARE ELIGIBLE FOR REGISTRATION, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE SPONSOR HAS ORDERS OR NOT. THE CPO CAN CONFIRM REGISTRATION ELIGIBILITY OF THE FAMILY MEMBER BY ASKING FOR A COPY OF THE SF 50 SHOWING THE SPONSOR'S CHANGE IN POSITION OR VERIFYING WITH THE GAINING CPO THAT THE SPONSOR IS INDEED BEING PICKED UP BY THEM.

4. THE DEFENSE DATA SUPPORT CENTER IS IN THE PROCESS OF FINALIZING REVISIONS TO THE ENTIRE PPP MANUAL. THEY HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED OF THIS CHANGE AND WILL INCLUDE IT WITH THE NEXT ISSUANCE ALONG WITH OTHER PROGRAM F CHANGES.

5. POC REGARDING THIS MATTER IS CAROLE MAIELLO, DSN 225-4036. BT