During the time employees occupy temporary quarters incident to a PCS move, Temporary Quarters Subsistence Expense (TQSE) is generally authorized for expenses associated with temporary lodging, meals and/or groceries, tips and fees related to lodging and meals, laundry and dry cleaning. Reimbursement will be limited to the expenses incurred not to exceed the maximum authorized. Receipts are required for lodging, laundry (other than coin operated machines), dry cleaning and single expenses over $75.00.
While on TQSE, employees must itemize their expenses and submit the itemized list when making the claim for reimbursement.
Employees are authorized TQSE for a period of 60 consecutive days. The authorization may be extended for an additional 60 days if it is determined there are compelling reasons for the extension. The actual rates for the first 30 days and for the second 30 days can be found in the Joint Travel Regulations.
Employees transferred to a foreign area also have entitlements to temporary lodging although under a different set of governing regulations. For more specific information, affected employees should check with their servicing CPAC.