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Are you considering relocating your federal career - either by your choice or by Uncle Sam? There are practical issues and concerns to think about when deciding whether or not to relocate. Others have done it while still others have not. This forum will allow for all to offer their insight, post their questions, and help each other out.

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crystal129  
#1 Posted : Thursday, April 12, 2012 1:25:24 AM(UTC)
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I recently applied and interviewed for a GS-13 position and the announcement said "Relocation Incentive may be paid". I did not want to ask about this during the interview.  Will it be too late to inquire with the selection official after I am offered the position( if I am selected)?  I as HR and they told me to talk to the Selecting Official about that because they dont know anything about relocation(some HR).
 
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jake.valentine  
#2 Posted : Thursday, April 12, 2012 1:46:34 AM(UTC)
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I would wait until you receive an offer to worry about it. At that point you could have at least 2 courses of action. 1. Articulate how happy you are and then ask them how much relocation incentive you will receive (do not ask a yes/no question like "is there a relo incentive?"). If they answer none, you will have to decide if you want to accept the position while moving on your own dime.
Fed1969  
#3 Posted : Thursday, April 12, 2012 1:51:09 AM(UTC)
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A relocation incentive is a lump sum of money to help offset relocation cost.  When you receive an offer you should ask them how much the inceptive will be.  
skunker  
#4 Posted : Thursday, April 12, 2012 2:07:40 AM(UTC)
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incentive usually about 6-8k. Though, there are conditions with that...like you can't leave in under 1yr or you will have to pay it back, etc. 
crystal129  
#5 Posted : Thursday, April 12, 2012 2:09:11 AM(UTC)
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Very good idea! I never thought about approaching it that way, sort of like an entitlement (even though I know its not) not a question.  Thank you very much for the idea, I think I will try that if I get the job! I am going to take it no matter what, but that will make my commute 2hours each way Confused 
crystal129  
#6 Posted : Thursday, April 12, 2012 2:12:48 AM(UTC)
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I thought the incentive could be up to 25% of the salary for every year you sign the service agreement(up 4 years), in my case GS-13 in DC area is 89K so that would be around 22K for every year they offer to add to the service agreement.  I read this on OPM's website.  I guess I was thinking too big! I will just wait to see what happens.  Thank you all for your help.    
Fed1969  
#7 Posted : Thursday, April 12, 2012 4:18:29 AM(UTC)
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The amount of the incentive is based on what the agency ill willing to pay to get you not to exceed the 25% discussed.  IN my experience, most incentives are far less than this. 
crystal129  
#8 Posted : Thursday, April 12, 2012 4:55:29 AM(UTC)
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ok, thanks for the advice.  I will just try my best to be patient and wait and see what happens.
Bert  
#9 Posted : Thursday, April 12, 2012 5:46:18 AM(UTC)
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One other thing to think about.  I don't know where you presently live and work but you stated that you need the relocation money because the new job will cause a 2 hour commute.  Therefore you most remember even if job announcement stated they will pay relocation money if the new job does not meet the moving expanse standards of the IRS publication 521 which is 50 miles farther from your home than your old job you will not get any moving expense money.   

crystal129  
#10 Posted : Thursday, April 12, 2012 6:02:14 AM(UTC)
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I read the rules and I am 52 miles away.
crystal129  
#11 Posted : Thursday, April 12, 2012 6:03:25 AM(UTC)
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It's actually 50 miles from old job to new job.
imi2012  
#12 Posted : Wednesday, February 06, 2013 11:37:42 AM(UTC)
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Did you ever receive the relocation/recruitment incentive? If yes, how much, since I'm expecting an offer with the "relocation expenses may be paid" and would like to prepare myself for the situation.
toliverdr  
#13 Posted : Thursday, February 07, 2013 1:24:15 AM(UTC)
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I just received a tentative offer from DCMA and the HR rep told me I had to negotiate the relocation/recruitment incentive with the hiring official. I think this is something that should be done through HR. What advice can you give me on contacting the hiring official?
martyb  
#14 Posted : Thursday, February 07, 2013 4:30:05 AM(UTC)
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I once received a $5000 relocation incentive. Of course, after taxes, it ended up being $3500. Not as good as a paid PCS, but better than nothing.
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854  
#15 Posted : Thursday, February 07, 2013 11:24:57 PM(UTC)
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Yes, I have received a relocation incentive. I believe it was 15% of my salary at the time.

The hiring official was one of the people who interviewed me. I collect contact information for all the people who interview me so I would start there. If you have not been interviewed, I would ask the HR people to give you a contact information. Even if they give you the number for the hiring official's admin. assistant, you are further along than you were.8542013-02-08 07:30:18
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