An allowance granted to an employee for the reasonable cost of temporary quarters, meals and laundry expenses incurred by the employee and/or family members at the new post in a foreign area. TQSA is granted for up to 90 days (in 30 day increments) after arrival at the foreign duty station or for up to 30 days immediately preceding final departure from the post subsequent to the necessary vacating of residence.
There are two ways to process a TQSA request:
1. Request an advance on just the actual lodging portion of the [1st, 2nd, or 3rd ] 30 day expenses. Requests are made with SF1190, TQSA worksheet (DSSR 120), and lodging confirmation reservation (showing nightly rate) to: SMB HQMC HROM OVERSEAS. After the stay, the employee then requests the remaining eligible expenses through another request (for all eligible expenses but lodging). Requests are made with SF1190, TQSA worksheet (DSSR 120), TQSA HROM Addendum Worksheet, lodging receipt to confirm employee spent the advance, receipts for meals over $75, and all laundry receipts (except for coin laundry).
2. The employee may request reimbursement upon completion of the pre-departure stay (and not request an advance). Requests are made with SF-1190, TQSA worksheet (DSSR 120), TQSA HROM Addendum Worksheet, lodging receipt, receipts for meals over $75, and all laundry receipts (except for coin laundry).