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mindmagik  
#1 Posted : Thursday, March 15, 2012 4:48:33 PM(UTC)
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All, I currently work in Germany as a GS-13 IT Specialist and got picked up on PPP to work in the DC area. My gaining organization authorized TQSE. After reading the DFAS website, I am a little confused about how much TQSE covers. The webiste says that there is a stanard CONUS daily maximum allowance of $123 dollars per day. It also says that this amount is for hotel, food, laundry etc.
 
This seems like a very low amount for the DC area. I booked a hotel an the hotel cost alone is $127 per night. So if what DFAS is saying is true, then I will not only have to pay $4 per night out of my own pocket, but also pay for food as well.
 
Is anyone familiar with this? I would really like to know if the hotel cost is separate from the $123 dollars that DFAS says on their website. I called DFAS and talked to someone and unbelievably she did not know the answer! I thought they were the experts. She gave me some other numbers to call, but I think it was just to get rid of me and send me...
 
At any rate, $123 dollars per day in the DC area is very low. You can't find a hotel for less than $100 bucks per night. If anyone can give me the real scoop on this I would really appreciate it.
 
Thanks.
Coffee!  
#2 Posted : Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:07:36 PM(UTC)
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Hello mindmagik--I'm sorry I can't be of any help, but I was wondering the same thing about TQSA.  How much would it cover for a family of 5 moving to Germany?  Thanks!
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#3 Posted : Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:34:49 PM(UTC)
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I went through the same process about 18 months ago.  I think, DFAS site is correct.  In my case, we (my wife and I) PCSed from an overseas base (PPP hit to Wash. DC area) and our daily allowance was around $215.00. (100% of allowance for myself and 75% for my spouse). Our room was around $120 per night and had about $100 for food.  If you are PCSing alone, you may have to pay some $$ out from your own pocket to cover the expenses.  Or, may have to find a cheaper "apartment-style/extended stay" accommodation to make the end meets.

spence  
#4 Posted : Friday, March 16, 2012 10:48:30 AM(UTC)
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Hotel cost isn't separate from the $123.  Look for budget hotels and live farther away but still within Metro range, like in Alexandria or College Park.  I just looked and saw some hotels that would work on hotels.com.  It's not impossible.





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mindmagik  
#5 Posted : Friday, March 16, 2012 4:50:14 PM(UTC)
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All, thanks a lot. I guess i'll just have to pay for the food out of my pocket. Oh well, I guess it could be worse. I chose this hotel because it's close to where I will be working and close to metro. Won't have a car, so I guess I'll just have to manage.

Coffee, not sure what the TQSA rates are in Germany. I didn't have to use it because I have a house here... But from talking to some of my colleagues, I believe TQSA covers more since the standard CONUS rate does not apply.


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#6 Posted : Thursday, April 26, 2012 12:30:32 AM(UTC)
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Coffee- this is a good link to use for information on moving to Germany

 
ajzjmsmom  
#7 Posted : Wednesday, May 09, 2012 5:47:37 AM(UTC)
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DFAS is correct, we moved to the DC area 2 years ago and I remember hearing my husband talking about how difficult it was on single people moving here because they actually ended up having to pay for their food and in some instances make up the difference for their lodging.
bozo  
#8 Posted : Wednesday, May 09, 2012 9:03:47 AM(UTC)
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TQSA is rated correctly (the way overseas) and TQSE is a joke...Not to mention, if my memory serves me correctly, you only get 10 days anyway. This is where agencies differ, and like I also say, rules are always broken depending on the organization. However--when going from overseas to overseas, the rates (TQSA) improve drastically.

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