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Title: NonDoD Schools Program for the Americas Conference Atlanta, Georgia April 2009


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Non-DoD Schools Program for the Americas
ConferenceAtlanta, GeorgiaApril 2009
R. Carl Paschall Director - Office of
Allowances U.S. Department of State
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Office of Allowances
  • Develops regulations, standards, and procedures
    to administer the Title 5 United States
    Code-based government-wide allowances program
    abroad.
  • Sets maximum allowance/differential rates.
  • The Department of State Standardized Regulations
    (DSSR) contains both the regulations and the
    maximum rates.
  • DSSR impacts more than 80,000 civilian employees
    of 40 Federal agencies abroad

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Mission of the Office of Allowances(A/OPR/ALS)
Provide incentives and reimbursements for U.S.
citizen, USG civilian employees in foreign areas
by developing and coordinating policies,
regulations, standards, and procedures to
administer the government-wide allowances and
benefits program abroad under the Department of
States Standardized Regulations (DSSR).
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Allowances DifferentialsUnder the DSSR
Danger Pay (DSSR 650) Post Hardship Differential
(DSSR 500) Post Allowance (DSSR 220) Education
Allowance (DSSR 270) Educational Travel (DSSR
280) Living Quarters Allowance (DSSR
130) Temporary Quarters Subsistence (DSSR
120) Separate Maintenance Allowance (DSSR
260) Foreign Home Service Transfer (DSSR 240
250) Evacuation Payments (DSSR 632) Representation
Allowances (DSSR 300) Official Residence
Expenses (DSSR 400) Difficult to Staff Incentive
(SND) (DSSR 1000) Advance of Pay (DSSR 850)
Foreign Per Diem Rates Consumables
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Title 5 Overseas Differentials Allowances
  • 5 U.S.C. 5924.4.(a) An allowance not to exceed
    the cost of obtaining such kindergarten,
    elementary and secondary educational services as
    are normally provided without charge by the
    public schools in the United States (including
    such educational services as are provided by the
    States under the Individuals with Disabilities
    Education Act), plus, in those cases when
    adequate schools are not available at the post of
    the employee, board and room and periodic
    transportation between that post and the school
    chosen by the employee, not to exceed the total
    cost to the Government of the dependent attending
    an adequate school in the nearest United States
    locality where adequate schools are available,
    without regard to Section 3324(a) and (b) of
    title 31..

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Purpose of the Education Allowance(DSSR 272.1)
  • Implement provisions in 5 USC 5924 by assisting
    employees assigned to foreign posts with those
    costs necessary to obtain education services
    ordinarily provided without charge by the public
    schools in the United States.
  • In those cases where adequate schools are not
    available at the employees post, assist with the
    costs of room and board and periodic
    transportation between such posts and the nearest
    United States locality where adequate schools are
    available.

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Educational Methods(DSSR 271 c)
  • DSSR contains provisions and rates of education
    allowance for four different educational methods
  • School at post
  • School away from post
  • Home study/Private Instruction
  • Special needs

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The School At Post
  • An elementary or secondary school within daily
    commuting distance of the employees post of
    assignment.

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The School Away From Post
  • An elementary or secondary school so far beyond
    daily commuting distance of the employees post
    as to necessitate board and room in connection
    with attendance.

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Home Study/Private Instruction
  • A complete academic course using correspondence
    course and/or other appropriate materials in the
    home and/or by private instruction.

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The Special Needs Education Allowance
  • Applies to children who would fall under The
    Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
    (IDEA) as amended by PL 108-446 The Individuals
    with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, if
    residing in the United States. In general, these
    children are physically, emotionally,
    developmentally, and/or mentally disabled and the
    law mandates they receive additional educational
    resources.

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What Is Kindergarten?
  • Kindergarten except for a child with special
    educational needs, means a one school-year
    program similar to the U.S. public school program
    immediately preceding grade 1 and does not
    include the nursery school level.
  • At posts where schools generally follow a U.S.
    school calendar (school year begins in August or
    September) the child needs to turn five on or
    before December 31 of that school year. If the
    school has an earlier cutoff, that deadline would
    take precedence over the December 31 cutoff.
  • At posts where schools follow another hemisphere
    calendar, a child needs to be at least four years
    and eight months old by the beginning of the
    school year.

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What makes up the School At-Post Education
Allowance?(DSSR 277.1)
  • Basic tuition for required courses
  • necessary elective courses offered by the school
    which would be required by public schools in the
    United States
  • books and supplies required by the school but
    normally provided free of charge in public
    schools in the United States
  • local transportation on school days between the
    school and the employees home.

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What is included in the School At Post
Education Allowance?(DSSR 277.1)
  • Required annual fees such as
  • Laboratory
  • Library
  • Registration
  • Matriculation
  • Building or Developmental
  • Testing required by the local school
  • Medical (routine)
  • Sports (group classes) and required donations

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What fees are NOT included in the published
School At Post Education Allowance? (These
fees may be paid in addition to the published
rates)
  • One time fees (not recurring in subsequent years
    of enrollment) such as building, registration and
    admission fees
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Supplementary Instruction

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What Fees Are Not Considered Allowable?(DSSR
277.1d)
  • Lunches / Meals
  • Uniforms
  • Certain field trips
  • Elective courses for dancing, horseback riding,
    sports or other specialized instruction
  • Locker and towel fees
  • Admissions to school events
  • Yearbooks, graduation and personal expenses
  • Purchase of computers
  • Other items not ordinarily provided free of
    charge by US Public Schools

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How do I find an Education Allowance Rate in the
DSSR?
  • Go to The Office of Allowances Web Site at
    http//aoprals.state.gov/
  • Under the heading Allowance Rates, click on
    Allowances By Location

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At Post Away From Post rates are the same
when grade is adequate
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There is a higher Away From Post rate for
grades not considered adequate by Office of
Overseas Schools.
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Excerpts from the biweekly update effective
January 18, 2009
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How is the at post rate determined?
  • An Education Allowance Survey is submitted by an
    Embassy, Consulate, DoD, or another agency with
    information on school costs. State Department
    posts use eAllowances and non-State posts
    currently use Form DS-63 to submit
  • The fee schedule and calendar for that school are
    submitted with the survey for verification of
    rates and the school year.

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How are the Education Allowance Rates Adjusted
During the School Year?
  • Requests should be made to the Office of
    Allowances.
  • Adjustments can be made if the dollar weakens
    against the foreign currency at that location
    causing out of pocket expenses for the employee.

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How is the School Away From Post Education
Allowance Rate Determined?
  • Two components in calculating the away from
    post Education Allowance rates
  • Average of the tuition, room, and board costs
    for approximately 22 boarding schools where USG
    dependents attend.
  • Transportation - 3 round trip air fares from the
    post to two hubs. ( For posts in the Pacific
    region, fares to/from Seattle and Los Angeles are
    used in calculating the air fare. ) Plus average
    cost of 250lb UAB shipment and average ground
    transportation from airport into town.

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Away from Post Education Allowance Revisions
  • The rates are revised at least once a year prior
    to the beginning of the school year.
  • If air fares have increased significantly during
    the school year, Allowances will make a mid-year
    adjustment based on air fares.

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Home Study/Private Instruction(DSSR 271f, 274.12)
  • Home Study Course - a complete academic course
    using correspondence course materials in the home
    or private instruction, in lieu of the school at
    post rate.
  • Allowable Amounts for Home Study
  • K-8 up to 5,700 each school year
  • 9-12 up to 7,700 each school year
  • rates not to exceed the school at post rate
    where local schools are adequate.

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What Documentation is Required for Home
Study/Private Instruction?(DSSR 277.3 c)
  • While the law does not discuss home
    study/private instruction, it is in the best
    interest of the U.S. Government to ensure
    students in a home study/private instruction
    course in a foreign area are able to reintegrate
    into a public education system when they return
    to the United States.
  • The post must ensure that an education allowance
    is being granted for an adequate education by
    obtaining one of the following from the
    employee/parent
  • Receipts for enrollment of the child in a
    recognized home study course (such as the Calvert
    School for grades K-8 or the University of
    Nebraska for grades 9-12) or
  • guidelines and verification that the
    employee/parent is participating in and complying
    with the home schooling requirements of a
    selected location. This location can be the
    employee/parents state of residence, another
    relevant state, territory, possession or country.

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Reimbursement for Home Study/Private
Instruction(DSSR 277.3)
  • Traditional curriculum and other supplemental
    materials as may be appropriate (textbooks and
    other pertinent instructional materials) for
    math, science, language arts, social studies, and
    other subjects on a grade/age appropriate basis.
  • Expendable supplies which are normally provided
    free of charge in U.S. public schools, such as
    art supplies (excluding sketch books).
  • Tutorial or independent study costs to ensure
    that a child receives age/grade-appropriate
    instruction. The head of agency or designee could
    reimburse the tutorial of, for example, a 17 year
    old "senior" taking calculus or physics.
  • Fees charged for access to libraries, recreation
    facilities, schools for education-related
    curriculum activities, or participation on school
    athletic or extracurricular teams which are
    normally free of charge in U.S. public schools.
    For example, required research for projects,
    group physical education or group music
    activities, participation on school athletic team
    or debate team above what is charged students
    attending the school.
  • Fees for curriculum-related on-line internet
    services such as study programs, library services
    and distance learning.

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Reimbursement for Home Study/Private Instruction
Continued(DSSR 277.3)
  • Rental of curriculum-related equipment such as
    microscopes or very large band instruments (such
    as the Sousaphone) which would normally be
    provided by U.S. public schools.
  • Required testing materials by either the formal
    home study course or other authorized program.
  • Any compliance testing and service fees are
    reimbursable subject to the home study/private
    instruction allowance rate maximum
  • Advisory teaching service affiliated with formal
    recognized home study course.
  • Tuition charges, shipping costs, lesson postage,
    on-line internet and facsimile charges associated
    with formal recognized home study course or other
    authorized program.

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What are non-allowable expenses for Home
Study/Private Instruction? (DSSR 277.3b)
  • Purchase or rental of items which have broader
    use than the course being studied (such as
    computer hardware and band instruments) except
    for very large band instruments.
  • Parental training in home study/private
    instruction
  • Any form of compensation to the parent nanny,
    childcare or supervisory costs
  • Travel and transportation costs at post or away
    from post
  • Personal telephone, internet, satellite, cable or
    other available communication subscription fees.
  • Fees for museums, cultural events, or
    performances that would normally be paid by
    parents of children in the U.S.

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How do I find the Education Allowance Provisions
in the DSSR?
  • Go to the Office of Allowances Web Site at
    http//aoprals.state.gov/
  • Under the heading Standardized Regulations, click
    on DSSR Table of Contents

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HOW TO CONTACT US
  • Office of Allowances
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Internet for DSSR and Allowance Rates
    http//aoprals.state.gov/
  • Internet for Education Allowance Form (DS-63)
  • http//www.state.gov/m/a/dir/forms/
  • Internet e-mail allowancesO_at_state.gov
  • Phone 202-261-8700
  • Fax 202-261-8707 or 8708
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