Temporary Quarters Subsistence Allowance (TQSA)
Definition of Temporary Quarters Subsistence Allowance
Temporary Quarters Subsistence Allowance is a non-taxable supplement for employees traveling to/from an overseas duty location on official travel orders and authorized Living Quarters Allowance. This allowance covers expenses for lodging, meals, laundry and dry cleaning not to exceed maximum allowance. TQSA is granted for up to 90 days (in 30 day increments) after your arrival at the overseas duty station. You may request an advance of these funds or reimbursement of expenses.
How to Determine Your Maximum Allowance
To determine your maximum allowance, you will first need to find the maximum per diem rate authorized for your current overseas duty location. If your duty location is not listed, then use the "all other locations" per diem rate. Click on the Per Diem link below to find your rate and then use the following calculations to determine your maximum allowance:
FOR THE FIRST 30 DAYS:
Employee: 1 x 75% of the per diem rate
Family Members 12 and Over: # of members x 50% of the per diem rate
Family Members Under 12: # of members x 40% of the per diem rate
FOR THE SECOND 30 DAYS:
Employee: 1 x 65% of the per diem rate
Family Members 12 and Over: # of members x 45% of the per diem rate
Family Members Under 12: # of members x 35% of the per diem rate
FOR THE THIRD 30 DAYS*:
Employee: 1 x 55% of the per diem rate
Family Members 12 and Over: # of members x 40% of the per diem rate
Family Members Under 12: # of members x 30% of the per diem rate
*Any TQSA extensions granted beyond 90 days will be computed using the "FOR THE THIRD 30 DAYS" percentages.
EXAMPLE OF FIRST 30 DAYS: Per Diem Rate is $146.00
Employee: (1) x $109.50 (75%) = $109.50
Family Members Over 12: 2 members x $73.00 (50% of per diem rate) = $146.00
Family Members Under 12: 2 members x $58.40 (40% of per diem rate) = $116.80
Maximum Allowance = $372.30
To Request Temporary Quarters Subsistence Allowance
To request an advance of TQSA, complete the SF-1190 and provide the first night's hotel bill.
To request TQSA Settlement, complete the SF1190, DSSR 120, lodging receipts and receipts for any single expense $75.00 and over. This claim is filed at actual expenses for each day in US Dollars. Please make sure to include a copy of your credit card statement to show the amount charged in US Dollars for the lodging costs. Provide completed documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
How Long It Will Take To Receive Advance TQSA or Settlement of TQSA
It will take approximately two weeks to receive advance TQSA upon receipt of completed request. Payment of advance is by direct deposit. It will take approximately four weeks for settlement of TQSA upon receipt of completed documentation. Payment of settlement is included in your bi-weekly paycheck. Overpayments of TQSA are immediately collected as a lump sum from your current earnings.