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We would like to assist you with your first major task -- relocating to the Washington, D.C. metro area. The Bureau pays certain amounts for the cost of travel, transportation, and temporary storage of household goods to the first duty station of persons appointed to certain positions such as the one you have accepted.
To help you make this move, we have prepared this website outlining the procedures involved. Please read through the contents carefully and note the information requested on the Form CD-150 [317.67 KB], "Request for Authorization of Travel and Moving Expenses." YOU MUST HAVE AN APPROVED AUTHORIZATION BEFORE YOU INCUR ANY TRAVEL EXPENSES. It is very important that you fill out the CD-150 [317.67 KB] completely, except for sections 20 through 23.
NOTE: You should allow 30-45 days, if possible, for the Government to make arrangements for your move. This is especially true if you are moving under the CBL Method (See 3A below). Please keep this in mind when you are determining a beginning employment date with the Census Bureau.
What Expenses are Reimbursable? The travel order authorizes the Government to reimburse new appointees for the following expenses:
Commercial Bill of Lading (CBL) Method - The Conference and Travel Management Services Branch (CTMSB) can make arrangements with a contract mover to have household goods shipped to your new location and authorize payment on a CBL. You do not have to call any moving companies to have them give you estimates, or get involved in billing and payment. All of this is taken care of for you.
After you have returned the CD-150 [317.67 KB] and allowed sufficient time for the hiring division to prepare your travel order, you may call the Census Bureau HRD Call Center at 1-800-871-5816 and ask to be transferred to Conference and Travel Management Services Branch (CTMSB), if you want to have your household goods moved under the CBL method.
Commuted Rate Method - Under this method of moving, you must make your own arrangements with the van carrier. Articles are usually transported uncrated.
You will be reimbursed on the basis of the weight of your goods and the distance traveled as indicated in a Government commuted rate table. You will not be reimbursed on the basis of the fee charged by the carrier. Since most carriers charge a separate fee for packing, it is difficult for the commuted rate schedule to completely anticipate this cost. As a result, some new appointees have not been reimbursed for all the charges when transporting their household goods by this method. Therefore, if you are authorized to move under this method, it is to your advantage to obtain moving costs estimates from several carriers before choosing one.
Weight Limitations and Insurance - The Government is responsible for paying the carrier for your household goods. The allowable maximum weight is 18,000 pounds. If the shipment exceeds the maximum weight, the employee must reimburse the U.S. Census Bureau for the excess shipment.
Estimating Weight - A reasonable estimate of the weight of your household goods may be made by multiplying the rooms of furniture to be moved by 1,000 pounds (excluding bathrooms and closets). Liberal estimates should be made of the weight of such articles as garden tools, game room equipment, work benches, etc. The carrier's representative will assist you in determining weights.
The Government may reimburse a new employee up to $25,000 for household goods shipped by the CBL method which are damaged by a carrier. Additional insurance is available through most carriers but this extra cost is not reimbursable.
What Can and Cannot be Shipped:
CAN CANNOT Furniture Motor Vehicles (4-wheel) Clothing Boats Books Wines & Liquors Baggage Pets Dishes & Flatware Explosives & Inflammables Perishable Articles
Make sure both you and the carrier are in agreement regarding the place and approximate time the goods are to be delivered. When the goods are delivered, the carrier will make one placement in the appropriate room for each piece of furniture. Containers will be unpacked in the location of your choice. Examine your goods carefully as they are unpacked to see if there is any damage. If you find any damage to your articles, note this in the space entitled "Receipt of Delivery" on the bill of lading or delivery receipt and sign it. Have the carrier's agent countersign the notation.
If you move by the commuted rate method, you must contact the carrier's agent to file a damage claim. If you are moving under the CBL method, the Census Bureau's Conference and Travel Management Services Branch (CTMSB) will assist you in making your claim for damage to your household goods.
You must weigh the vehicle when it is empty and after it is fully loaded with your household goods. You must obtain certified receipts clearly indicating these weights.
You must obtain certified receipts indicating the cubic foot capacity of the vehicle and indicate how much of the capacity of the vehicle was used by describing the size and weight of each article placed in the vehicle.
If you move yourself instead of using the CBL method, the Government will repay you only for the actual cost of the move.
NOTE: This cost cannot be more than those authorized under the CBL method. If you move yourself instead of using the commuted rate system, repayment will be based on the allowances on the commuted rate schedule
No Reimbursement for Temporary Lodging - The Government cannot reimburse you for temporary lodging while you look for an apartment or home at your duty station. Once you arrive at you new duty station, en route per diem ends and you cannot be reimbursed for any personal living expenses that you incur.
Reimbursement - After you arrive at the Census Bureau to begin your career with Federal Government, you must submit a CD-370 [104.10 KB] (Instructions [50.55 KB]) "Travel Voucher," to claim the your authorized allowable expenses incurred in moving to your new duty station. Each phase of the move must be submitted on a separate CD-370 [104.10 KB] (Instructions [50.55 KB]). The administrative office of the division that hired you will assist you in completing this form.
If you have any questions on this information, you may contact the Conference and Travel Management Services Branch on 301-763-2308.