[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 29 (Tuesday, February 13, 2007)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 6811-6833]
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48 CFR Chapter 7



USAID Direct Contracts for Personal Services; Proposed Rule

Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 29 / Tuesday, February 13, 2007 / 
Proposed Rules

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AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

48 CFR Chapter 7

RIN 0412-AA49


USAID Direct Contracts for Personal Services

AGENCY: United States Agency for International Development.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is 
proposing to consolidate its regulations on USAID Direct Contracts for 
all types of Personal Services into one Appendix. This will clarify and 
consolidate all regulations for personal services contracts and will 
eliminate the need for having to refer to multiple sources. This new 
Appendix A will replace Appendix D--Direct USAID Contracts with a U.S. 
Citizen or a U.S. Resident Alien for Personal Services Abroad, and 
Appendix J--Direct USAID Contracts with a Cooperative Country National 
and with a Third Country National for Personal Services Abroad. 
Appendix A will also incorporate all the regulations and policies 
currently contained in Contract Information Bulletins (CIBs) and 
Acquisition and Assistance Directives (AAPDs). This will eliminate the 
need to refer to two different appendices and other sources for 
regulations and policies on personal services contracting.
    This Appendix will be divided into four parts--one part containing 
provisions for all types of Personal Services Contracts (PSCs), the 
second part for U.S. PSCs only, the third part for Third-Country 
National (TCN) PSCs only, and the fourth part for Cooperating Country 
National (CCN) PSCs, also known as Foreign Service National (FSN) PSCs 
only. The USPSC part will identify the provisions for U.S. nationals 
working in AID/W and those posted overseas. In addition, all non-
regulatory information such as procedures and guidance currently 
contained in Appendices D and J will be removed and incorporated into 
USAID's internal policy manual--the automated directives system (ADS). 
We believe this separation of regulations and policies from the 
procedures and guidance on personal services contracting will clarify 
and consolidate the regulatory requirements.

DATES: Submit comments on or before April 16, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments, identified by Title: ``USAID Direct 
Contracts for Personal Services'' and Regulatory Information Number 
``RIN 0412-AA49'' for this rulemaking. Please include your name, title, 
organization, postal address, telephone number, and e-mail address in 
the text of the message. Comments can be submitted using any of the 
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail: [email protected]. Include title 
of the proposed action ``USAID Direct Contracts for Personal Services'' 
and ``RIN 0412-AA49'' in the subject line of the message.
     Fax: (202) 216-3395.
     Mail: USAID, Office of Acquisition & Assistance, Policy 
Division, RRB Room No. 7.9-18, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20523-0001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Henson, Telephone 202-712-5448, E-
mail: thenson[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public Participation: Because security 
screening precautions have slowed the delivery and dependability of 
surface mail to USAID/Washington, USAID recommends sending all comments 
to the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, e-mail address, or fax number 
listed above (all comments must be in writing to be reviewed). You may 
submit comments by electronic mail as a Microsoft Word file, avoiding 
the use of any special characters and any form of encryption.
    All comments will be made available for public review without 
change, including any personal information provided, from three days 
after receipt to finalization of rule at http://www.regulations.gov.

A. Background

    Since the late 1990s, the Agency's regulations regarding personal 
services contracts--Appendices D and J--have not been updated to 
include changes in the processes and interpretations of the Appendices. 
Further, given the changing roles and responsibilities of the Agency, 
it is necessary to clarify and update USAID's policy and regulation for 
personal services contracts. The Proposed Rule consolidates Appendices 
D and J of the USAID Acquisition Regulations (the ``AIDAR'') into 
Appendix A, which was previously reserved. Appendix A standardizes the 
Agency's policies, rules, and regulations regarding personal services 
contracts, eliminates repetition between the two Appendices, updates 
the Agency's general provisions, and clarifies the Agency's processes 
and authorities for all Personal Services Contracts awarded by the 
Agency.
    Under this proposed rule, the Agency establishes a mechanism 
intended to be applicable to all types of Personal Services Contracts. 
This proposed rule identifies provisions applicable to all personal 
services contracts, distinguishes the differences, and organizes and 
identifies the Agency's applicable rules and regulations to more 
clearly understand what is considered regulatory in nature and what is 
considered policy.

B. Regulatory Planning and Review

    This is not a significant regulatory action and, therefore, is not 
subject to review under Section 6(b) of Executive Order 12866, 
Regulatory Planning and Review, dated September 30, 1993. This rule is 
not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804.

C. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Pursuant to requirements set forth in the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), USAID has considered the economic 
impact of the rule and has determined that its provisions would not 
have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities.

D. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply because the proposed 
changes to the AIDAR do not impose information collection requirements 
that require the approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 
44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Chapter 7

    Government procurement.

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, under the authority of 
Sec. 621, Pub. L. 87-195, 75 Stat. 445 (22 U.S.C. 2381) as amended; 
E.O. 12163, Sept. 29, 1979, 44 FR 56673; 3 CFR 1979 Comp., p. 435, the 
U.S. Agency for International Development proposes to amend 48 CFR 
Chapter 7 as follows:
    1. Add Appendix A to Chapter 7 to read as follows:

Appendix A to Chapter 7--USAID Direct Contracts for Personal Services

1. General

    (a) Purpose. This appendix sets forth the process for 
competition of personal services contracts, and provides the General 
Provisions to be included in each type of contract. There are three 
main types of personal services contracts:
    (1) Contracts with U.S. citizens or U.S. resident aliens, 
referred to as U.S. Personal Services Contractor (USPSC);
    (2) Contracts with citizens of the cooperating country or non-
citizens who

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reside legally within the cooperating country, referred to as 
Foreign Service National Personal Services Contractor (FSNPSC) \1\; 
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    (3) Contracts with individuals who are neither U.S. citizens/
U.S. resident aliens nor citizens of the cooperating country and who 
have repatriation rights at the end of the contract, referred to as 
Third Country National Personal Services Contractor (TCNPSC).
    (b) Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and U.S. Agency for 
International Development Acquisition Regulations (AIDAR). Contracts 
for personal services are subject to the FAR and the AIDAR. Other 
than the limited exceptions described below, Contracting Officers 
must provide for full and open competition in soliciting offers and 
awarding Government contracts.
    (c) Definitions (See Part I, General Provision I of this 
Appendix).

2. Publicizing Solicitations

    (a) Contracting Officers must publicize solicitations for U.S. 
citizen/U.S. Resident Alien PSCs (USPSCs) who will be based in 
Washington and in USAID Missions, in FedBizOpps (FBO) at http://www.fbo.gov for a minimum of ten (10) working days. Specific 
exceptions for advertising locally recruited USPSCs (also known as 
resident hires), Foreign Service National PSCs (FSNs), and Third 
Country National PSCs (TCNs) are outlined in paragraph 3 below. In 
addition, other exceptions to advertising federal opportunities are 
contained in FAR Part 5 and AIDAR Part 705. If the publicizing 
procedures set out above are not followed, the Contracting Officer 
must prepare a deviation and a separate justification as required 
under AIDAR 706.302-70(c)(2).
    (b) In addition to advertising in FedBizOpps, the M/OAA 
Director, acting as head of the Agency under the authority of AIDAR 
701.601(a)(1), has authorized USAID Contracting Officers to place 
paid advertisements and notices in newspapers and periodicals. This 
specific authorization is found in AIDAR 705.502. Contracting 
Officers must document the contract file to reflect consideration of 
the requirements of (48 CFR) FAR 5.101(b)(4). Any advertising in 
addition to FedBizOpps must be approved by the cognizant CO. When 
using two sources of advertising, publishing dates and deadlines 
must be taken into consideration as the FBO posting must occur 
first. Other means of advertising a solicitation prior to 
publication in FedBizOpps is a violation of Federal procurement 
regulations and statutes (FAR 5.101 and FAR 5.102).

3. Exceptions to Publicizing in FedBizOpps

    (a) Locally Recruited PSCs. For locally recruited PSCs, 
advertising requirements have been met by soliciting offers from as 
many potential offerors as is practicable under the circumstances 
and by meeting the following conditions for use of the Class 
Justification (See Attachment 1):
    (1) Personal services contracts with United States Citizens 
Recruited Locally. If recruited locally, the position is publicized 
in the same way that the Mission announces direct-hire U.S. citizen 
positions. Renewals or extensions with the same individual for the 
same services do not need to be publicized.
    (2) Personal services contracts with FSNs and TCNs subject to 
the Local Compensation Plan. New solicitations are publicized 
consistent with Mission practice on announcement of FSN positions. 
Renewals or extensions with the same individual for the same 
services do not need to be publicized.
    (b) Extensions and Renewals. Publicizing is not required for 
extensions or renewals with the same individual for the same 
services.
    (c) Personal services contracts for six months or less. The Head 
of USAID's Contracting Activity has determined that publicizing in 
FedBizOpps is not required for personal services contracts for six 
months or less. However, as required in FAR 37.104 and FAR 37.105, 
the CO is responsible for soliciting offers from the maximum number 
of offerors as is practicable under the circumstances. The CO always 
reserves the right to use the procedures in paragraph 2--Publicizing 
Solicitations. These personal services contracts must not be 
extended or renewed.

4. Competition

    (a) Full and Open Competition. Contracts for personal services 
are subject to the Competition in Contracting Act (CICA).
    (b) Exceptions to Full and Open Competition. USAID has special 
authority under the Foreign Assistance Act to waive the requirement 
for full and open competition when foreign aid programs would be 
impaired (AIDAR 706.302-70).
    (1) USAID's Procurement Executive has used this special 
authority and approved a class justification for exception to full 
and open competition for USPSCs recruited locally, and for FSNs, and 
TCNs subject to the local compensation plan, awarded pursuant to 
AIDAR 706.302-70(b)(1)--``An award under Section 636(a)(3) of the 
Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, involving a personal 
services contractor serving abroad.'' The term ``Locally Recruited'' 
does not apply to those individuals recruited for work in the United 
States. It also does not apply to those individuals who are 
recruited from the U.S. to work in a mission outside the U.S.
    The conditions for use of this class justification are listed in 
3.A above--``Locally Recruited PSCs'', and the limitations, 
certification and file documentation below must be satisfied. This 
class justification does not apply to hiring offshore-PSCs and must 
not be used for hiring a PSC under a sole source procurement.

(i) Limitations

    When using the Class Justification, offers must be requested 
from as many potential offerors as is practicable under the 
circumstances and the advertising requirements in 3.A above--
``Locally Recruited PSCs'' must be followed.

(ii) Certification and File Documentation

    A copy of the class justification must be included in the 
contract file, together with a written statement, signed by the 
Contracting Officer, that: The contract is being awarded pursuant to 
AIDAR 706.302-70(b)(1)--``An award under Section 636(a)(3) of the 
Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, involving a personal 
services contractor serving abroad''; the conditions for use of the 
class justification have been met; and the cost of the contract is 
fair and reasonable.
    (2) Extensions and Renewals. This exception applies to 
extensions or renewals with the same individual for the same or 
similar services. This applies to all personal services contracts 
except those contracts described in 3C above--``Personal services 
contracts for six months or less.'' For extensions and renewals, the 
contracting officer must make the determination that the incumbent 
is the only practicable, potential offeror.
    Regardless of the intent to continue obtaining the same services 
from the same individual, a new contract (as opposed to a contract 
modification) must be issued to that individual after a 5-year 
period of performance. This allows the requiring office and the CO 
to ensure the terms and conditions and the statement of duties are 
current. In all cases, the CO has the final determination as to the 
need for any revisions. If the changes to the statement of duties 
expand it beyond the scope of ``same or similar services,'' the CO 
must ensure that the appropriate competitive procedures are followed 
for a new procurement.
    (3) Other non-competitive procedures. The class justification 
only covers circumstances outlined above in paragraph 1 of 4.B.--
``Exceptions to full and open competition.'' To use any other 
exception in FAR 6.302 or AIDAR 706.302.70, the Contracting Officer 
must adhere to the limitations in AIDAR 706.302.70(c) and must 
prepare a separate justification as required under FAR 6.303. The 
class justification is not valid in these instances.

5. Issuance of the Solicitation and Receipt of Applications

    Once the solicitation is issued, USPSCs must submit an OF-612 or 
SF-171 form, completed and signed, to the individual designated for 
the receipt of applications in the solicitation. FSN and TCN PSCs 
must submit an AID Form 1420-17--Contractor Employee Biographical 
Data Sheet along with any other required documentation requested in 
the solicitation to the individual designated for the receipt of 
application in the solicitation. Individuals responding to the 
solicitation may use any transmission method authorized by the 
solicitation (i.e. regular mail, electronic commerce, or facsimile). 
See FAR Part 15.207 for handling proposals and information.

6. General Provisions

    This section contains the General Provisions, which are to be 
used as specified in contracts with a U.S. Citizen or a Resident 
Alien (USPSC), Foreign Service National (FSNPSC) or a Third Country 
National (TCNPSC)
    The General Provisions are divided into four parts as follows:

PART I: For inclusion in all types of Personal Service Contracts 
(USPSCs, TCNs and FSNs)

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PART II: For inclusion in U.S. Personal Service Contracts (USPSCs) 
only
PART III: For inclusion in Third Country National Personal Service 
Contracts (TCNPSCs) only
PART IV: For inclusion in Foreign Service National Personal Service 
Contracts (FSNPSCs) only

PART I: For Inclusion in All Types of Personal Service Contracts 
(USPSCs, TCNPSCs and FSNPSCs)

1. Definitions

    (a) USAID means the United States Agency for International 
Development offices, bureaus, and divisions, in both Washington and 
field missions, and its predecessor agencies, including the 
International Cooperation Administration (ICA).
    (b) Administrator means the Administrator of USAID or 
representative delegated administrator's authority.
    (c) Class Justification means a document signed by the 
Procurement Executive that describes specific circumstances in which 
full and open competition is not required.
    (d) Cognizant Technical Officer (CTO) means the individual who 
performs functions that are designated by the Contracting Officer, 
or is specifically designated by policy or regulation as part of 
contract administration. The CTO has no warrant and has no authority 
other than those noted above. In other parts of the U.S. Government, 
the synonymous term is usually Contracting Officer's Technical 
Representative (COTR).
    (e) Contracting Officer (CO) means a person representing the 
U.S. Government through the exercise of his/her delegated authority 
to enter into, administer, and/or terminate contracts and make 
related determinations and findings. This authority is delegated by 
one of two methods: to the individual by means of a ``Certificate of 
Appointment'', SF 1402, as prescribed in FAR 1.603-3, including any 
limitations on the scope of authority to be exercised, or to the 
head of each contracting activity (as defined in AIDAR 702.170), as 
specified in AIDAR 701.601. (ADS 302).
    (f) Contractor means a non-direct hire individual acting as an 
agent of USAID and carrying out a scope of work specified by USAID 
(ADS 102).
    (g) Cooperating Country or Host Country means the country 
receiving the USAID assistance. Cooperating Country means the same 
as ``host country.''
    (h) Cooperating Country Government means the government of the 
Cooperating Country.
    (i) Dependent(s) means:
    (1) A spouse;
    (2) Children who are under 21 years of age and unmarried or, 
regardless of age, are incapable of self-support (children include 
step--and adopted--children and those who are under legal custody of 
the employee or spouse and are dependent upon and normally reside 
with the employee and are expected to be under guardianship of the 
employee until 21 years of age);
    (3) Parents (including step--and legally adoptive--parents) who 
are at least 51 percent dependent on the employee for support; and
    (4) Brothers and/or sisters (including step--and adoptive--
brothers and/or sisters) who are 51 percent or more dependent on the 
employee, unmarried and under 21 years of age. However, there is no 
age limit if they are physically or mentally incapable of self-
support.
    (j) Economy Class means a class of air travel that is less than 
business or first class.
    (k) Employer-employee relationship means an employment 
relationship under a service contract with an individual, which 
occurs when, as a result of the contract's terms or the manner of 
its administration during performance, the PSC is subject to the 
relatively continuous supervision and control of a Government 
officer or employee.
    (l) Foreign Service National (FSN) means the individual who is a 
Cooperating Country citizen or a non-Cooperating Country citizen 
lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the Cooperating 
Country. For the purpose of this Appendix, FSN employees are the 
same as CCN employees and are used interchangeably. Note that FSN is 
the most widely used terminology to describe non-U.S. citizen 
employees.
    (m) Government means the United States Government.
    (n) Local currency means the currency of the Cooperating 
Country.
    (o) Locally Recruited means recruitment of individuals residing 
in the cooperating country. Locally recruited does not apply to 
those individuals recruited for work in the United States. It also 
does not apply to those individuals who are recruited from the U.S. 
to work in a mission outside the U.S.
    (p) Mission means the USAID Mission or the principal USAID 
office or representative (including an embassy designated to so act) 
in a Cooperating Country in which there is a program or activity 
administered by USAID.
    (q) Mission Director means the principal officer in the Mission 
in the Cooperating Country, or the designated representative of the 
Mission Director.
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the host country at Government expense and has repatriation rights.
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    (s) Period of Performance means the PSC's period of service as 
defined under the contract. Time spent initially traveling to post 
and final travel when departing from post is not included in the 
period of performance and is not subject to salary even though 
travel expenses may be allowable.
    (t) Personal services contract means a contract that, by its 
express terms or as administered, makes the contractor personnel 
appear, in effect, Government employees (see FAR 37.104) (FAR 2.101) 
The acronym ``PSC'' is used to describe a personal services 
contractor.
    (u) Resident Hire (also referred to as Locally Recruited USPSCs) 
means individuals who are U.S. citizens who at the time of hiring as 
a PSC, reside in the cooperating country:
    (1) As a spouse or dependent of a U.S. citizen employed by a 
U.S. Government Agency or under any U.S. Government-financed 
contract or agreement, or under any other contract or agreement that 
provides for repatriation to the United States; or
    (2) For reasons other than for employment with a U.S. Government 
Agency or under any U.S. Government-financed contract or agreement, 
or under any other contract or agreement that provides for 
repatriation to the United States.
    (3) A U.S. citizen for purposes of this definition also includes 
a person who at the time of contracting, is a lawfully admitted 
permanent resident of the United States.
    (v) Short-term personal services contract means a contract for 
less than one year.
    (w) Third Country National (TCN) means an individual who is 
neither a citizen of the United States nor a citizen of the country 
to which assigned for duty, AND who is eligible for return travel to 
their home country or country from which recruited at U.S. 
Government expenses, AND who is on a limited assignment for a 
specific period of time.
    (x) Traveler means:
    (1) The PSC when in authorized travel status, and/or
    (2) Dependent(s) of the PSC who are in authorized travel status.
    (y) U.S. Resident Alien means a non-U.S. citizen lawfully 
admitted for permanent residence in the United States.

2. Compliance With Laws and Regulations

    (a) Standards of Conduct.
    (1) The PSC will be required to comply with the same ethics 
laws, rules, and regulations as required of USAID direct hire 
employees. However, if the PSC's period of performance is less than 
130 days during any period of 360 days, the PSC will be subject to 
the same laws, rules, and regulations as a ``special Government 
employee'' and subject to the provisions of Title 18--Crimes and 
Criminal Procedure, Part I--Crimes, Chapter 11--Bribery, Graft, and 
Conflict of Interest, as set forth in 18 U.S.C. 202(a).
    (2) By signing this contract, the PSC agrees to comply with all 
ethics laws, rules, and regulations that are applicable to other 
USAID direct hire employees, including 18 U.S.C. 202, 203, 205, 207, 
208, 209, and 219, the USAID General Notice entitled ``Employee 
Review of the New Standards of Conduct,'' and 5 CFR part 2635.
    (3) If, however, the PSC's period of performance is less than 
130 days during any period of 360 days, by signing this contract, 
the PSC agrees to comply with the same laws, rules, and regulations 
as a ``special Government employee'' and subject to the provisions 
as set forth in 18 U.S.C. 202(a), the USAID General Notice entitled 
``Employee Review of the New Standards of Conduct,'' and the 
portions of 5 C.F.R. Part 2635 that are applicable to ``Special 
Government Employees.''
    (b) Conformity to Laws and Regulations of the Cooperating 
Country. PSC agrees that, while in the cooperating country, the PSC 
as well as dependents, must abide by all applicable laws and 
regulations of the cooperating country and its political 
subdivisions.

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3. Contractor--USAID Relationships

    (a) The PSC acknowledges that this contract is an important part 
of the U.S. Foreign Assistance Program and agrees that the duties 
will be carried out in such a manner as to be fully commensurate 
with the responsibilities which this entails.
    (b) The PSC is expected to show respect for the conventions, 
customs, and institutions of the Cooperating Country and not 
interfere in its political affairs.
    (c) If the PSC's conduct is not in accordance with paragraph (b) 
of this provision, the contract may be terminated under the General 
Provision of this contract, entitled ``Termination''. In addition, 
the U.S. Ambassador may direct the immediate removal of a USPSC or a 
TCNPSC from any country when, in the discretion of the Ambassador, 
the interests of the United States so require.
    (d) The Mission Director is the chief representative of USAID in 
the Cooperating Country. In this capacity, s/he is responsible for 
the total USAID Program in the Cooperating Country including certain 
administrative responsibilities set forth in this contract and for 
advising USAID regarding the performance of the work under the 
contract and its effect on the U.S. Foreign Assistance Program. The 
PSC will be responsible for performing duties in accordance with the 
statement of duties called for by the contract, and as required and 
necessary, report on the progress of the work under the contract.

4. Workweek

    The PSC's workweek must not be less than 40 hours, unless 
otherwise provided in the Contract Schedule, and must coincide with 
the workweek as defined by the Mission. If the contract is for less 
than full time (40 hours weekly), the annual and sick leave earned 
must be prorated (see the General Provision of this contract 
entitled Leave and Holidays).

5. Insurance

    Worker's Compensation Benefits. USAID will provide the PSC with 
worker's compensation benefits in accordance with the Federal 
Employees' Compensation Act.

6. Termination

    (This is an approved deviation to be used in place of the clause 
specified in FAR 52.249-12.)
    (a) The Government may terminate performance of work under this 
contract in whole or, from time to time, in part:
    (1)(i) For cause, which may be effected immediately after 
establishing the facts warranting the termination, by giving written 
notice and a statement of reasons to the PSC in the event of:
    (A) A breach or violation of any obligations contained in this 
contract; or
    (B) Fraud being committed in obtaining the contract; or
    (C) Misconduct by the PSC (as determined by the USAID Mission 
Director or Contracting Officer) in or affecting the Cooperating 
Country.
    (ii) Upon such a termination, the PSC's right to compensation 
stops when the period specified in the written notice expires or the 
last day on which the PSC performs services in support of this 
contract, whichever is earlier. No costs of any kind incurred by the 
PSC after the effective date in this notice may be reimbursed except 
the cost of return transportation (not including travel allowances), 
if approved by the Contracting Officer. If any costs relating to the 
period subsequent to such date have been paid by USAID, the PSC must 
promptly refund to USAID any such prepayment as directed by the 
Contracting Officer.
    (2) For the convenience of USAID, by giving not less than 15 
calendar days advance written notice to the PSC. Upon such a 
termination, PSC's right to compensation stops when the period 
specified in the written notice expires except that the PSC is 
entitled to any unused vacation leave, return transportation costs 
and travel allowances and transportation of unaccompanied baggage 
costs at the rate specified in the contract and subject to the 
limitations that apply to authorized travel status.
    (3) For the convenience of USAID, when the PSC is unable to 
complete performance of the services under the contract by reason of 
sickness or physical or emotional incapacity based upon a 
certification of such circumstances by a duly qualified doctor of 
medicine approved by the Mission. The contract will be deemed 
terminated upon delivery to the PSC of a written termination notice. 
Upon such a termination, the PSC will not be entitled to 
compensation except to the extent of any unused vacation or sick 
leave, but will be entitled to return transportation, travel 
allowances, and unaccompanied baggage costs at rates specified in 
the contract and subject to the limitations that apply to authorized 
travel status.
    (4) For convenience, when a final security clearance is denied. 
The contract will be deemed terminated upon issuance to the PSC of a 
written termination notice. Upon such a termination, the PSC's right 
to compensation stops when the period specified in the written 
notice expires or the last day on which the PSC performs services in 
support of this contract, whichever is earlier. The PSC will be 
entitled to any unused vacation leave, and will be entitled to 
return transportation, travel allowances, and unaccompanied baggage 
costs at rates specified in the contract and subject to the 
limitations that apply to authorized travel status.
    (b) The PSC, with the written consent of the Contracting 
Officer, may terminate this contract upon at least 15 days' written 
notice to the Contracting Officer.

7. Termination of PSCs Hired Under the Local Compensation Plan

    For those PSCs hired under the local compensation plan, 
termination will be in accordance with the local compensation plan.

8. Release of Information

    All rights in data and reports required by or developed under 
this contract become the property of the U.S. Government. All 
information gathered under this contract by the PSC and all reports 
and recommendations hereunder must be treated as confidential by the 
PSC and must not, without the prior written approval of the 
Contracting Officer, be made available to any person, party, or 
government, other than USAID, except as otherwise expressly provided 
in this contract. All data and reports, including copies, will 
remain the property of USAID.

9. Training

    The PSC may be provided job related training to expand 
capabilities and increase knowledge and skills.

10. Reports

    (a) The PSC must prepare and submit two copies of each technical 
report required by the schedule of this contract to the Development 
Experience Clearinghouse, Via E-mail: [email protected]; Via 
U.S. Postal Service: Development Experience Clearinghouse, 8403 
Colesville Road, Suite 210 Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA; 3c) Via 
Fax: (301) 588-7787; or Online: http://www.dec.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=docSubmit.home.
    (b) The title page of all reports forwarded to the Development 
Experience Clearinghouse under this paragraph must include a 
descriptive title, the author's Name(s), contract number, project 
number and title, PSC's name, name of the USAID project office, and 
the publication or issuance date of the report.
    (c) When preparing reports, the PSC must refrain from using 
elaborate art work, multicolor printing, and expensive paper/
binding, unless it is specifically authorized in the Contract 
Schedule. Wherever possible, pages must be printed on both sides 
using single spaced type.

11. Prohibition on the Use of Federal Funds To Promote, Support, or 
Advocate for the Legalization or Practice of Prostitution--
Acquisition

    (a) The U.S. Government is opposed to prostitution and related 
activities, which are inherently harmful and dehumanizing, and 
contribute to the phenomenon of trafficking in persons. None of the 
funds made available under this contract may be used to promote, 
support, or advocate the legalization or practice of prostitution. 
Nothing in the preceding sentence will be construed to preclude 
assistance designed to ameliorate the suffering of, or health risks 
to, victims while they are being trafficked or after they are out of 
the situation that resulted from such victims being trafficked.
    (b) The contractor shall insert this provision in all sub-awards 
under this award.
    (c) This provision includes express terms and conditions of the 
contract and any violation of it shall be grounds for unilateral 
termination, in whole or in part, of the contract by USAID prior to 
the end of its term.

12. Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12)

    (a) In response to the general threat of unauthorized access to 
federal facilities and information systems, the President issued 
Homeland Security Presidential Directive-

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12. HSPD-12 requires all Federal agencies to use a common Personal 
Identity Verification (PIV) standard when identifying and issuing 
access rights to users of Federally-controlled facilities and/or 
Federal Information Systems. USAID will begin issuing HSPD-12 
``smart card'' IDs to applicable contracts, using a phased approach. 
Effective October 27, 2006, USAID will begin issuing new ``smart 
card'' IDs to new contractors (and new contractor employees) 
requiring routine access to USAID controlled facilities and/or 
access to USAID's information systems. USAID will begin issuance of 
the new smart card IDs to existing contractors (and existing 
contractor employees) on October 27, 2007. (Exceptions would include 
those situations where an existing contractor (or contractor 
employee) loses or damages his/her existing ID and would need a 
replacement ID prior to Oct 27, 2007. In those situations, the 
existing contractor (or contractor employee) would need to follow 
the PIV processes described below, and be issued one of the new 
smart cards.)
    (b) Accordingly, before a contractor (including a PSC* or a 
contractor employee) may obtain a USAID ID (new or replacement) 
authorizing him/her routine access to USAID facilities, or logical 
access to USAID's information systems, the individual must provide 
two forms of identity source documents in original form and a 
passport size photo. One identity source document must be a valid 
Federal or state government-issued picture ID. (Overseas foreign 
nationals must comply with the requirements of the Regional Security 
Office.) USAID/W contractors must contact the USAID Security Office 
to obtain the list of acceptable forms of documentation, and 
contractors working in overseas Missions must obtain the acceptable 
documentation list from the Regional Security Officer. Submission of 
these documents, and related background checks, are mandatory in 
order for the contractor to receive a building access ID, and before 
access will be granted to any of USAID's information systems. All 
contractors must physically present these two source documents for 
identity proofing at their USAID/W or Mission Security Briefing. The 
contractor or his/her Facilities Security Officer must return any 
issued building access ID and remote authentication token to USAID 
custody upon termination of the individual's employment with the 
contractor or completion of the contract, whichever occurs first.
    (c) The contractor must comply with all applicable HSPD-12 and 
PIV procedures, as described above, and any subsequent USAID or 
government-wide HSPD-12 and PIV procedures/policies, including any 
subsequent related USAID General Notices, Office of Security 
Directives and/or Automated Directives System (ADS) policy 
directives and required procedures. This includes HSPD-12 procedures 
established in USAID/Washington and those procedures established by 
the overseas Regional Security Office.
    (d) In the event of inconsistencies between this clause and 
later issued Agency or government-wide HSPD-12 guidance, the most 
recent issued guidance should take precedence, unless otherwise 
instructed by the Contracting Officer.
    (e) The contractor is required to include this clause in any 
subcontracts that require the subcontractor or subcontractor 
employee to have routine physical access to USAID space or logical 
access to USAID's information systems.

13. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Clauses To Be Incorporated 
in Full Text in All Personal Services Contracts

    The following FAR Clauses are always to be used along with the 
General Provisions. They are required in full text.
    (a) Covenant Against Contingent Fees 52.203-5
    (b) Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer--Other than Central 
Contractor Registration 52.232-34
    (c) Disputes 52.233-1 (Alternate 1)
    (d) Preference for U.S. Flag Air Carriers 52.247-63

14. FAR Clauses To Be Incorporated by Reference in All Personal 
Services Contracts

    The following FAR Clauses are to be used along with the General 
Provisions, and when appropriate, be incorporated in each personal 
services contract by reference:
    (a) Anti-Kickback Procedures 52.203-7
    (b) Limitation on Payments to Influence Certain Federal 
Transactions 52.203-12
    (c) Audit and Records--Negotiation 52.215-2
    (d) Privacy Act Notification 52.224-1
    (e) Privacy Act 52.224-2
    (f) Taxes--Foreign Cost Reimbursement Contracts 52.229-8
    (g) Interest 52.232-17
    (h) Limitation of Cost 52.232-20
    (i) Limitation of Funds 52.232-22
    (j) Assignment of Claims 52.232-23
    (k) Protection of Government Buildings, Equipment, and 
Vegetation 52.237-2
    (l) Notice of Intent to Disallow Costs 52.242-1
    (m) Inspection of Services--Cost-Reimbursement 52.246-5
    (n) Limitation of Liability--Services 52.246-25

PART II: For Inclusion in U.S. Personal Service Contracts (USPSCs) Only

1. Purchase or Sale of Personal Property or Automobiles (August 
2006). (Only for inclusion in offshore USPSCs)

    (a) To the extent permitted by the cooperating country, the 
purchase, sale, import, or export of personal property or 
automobiles in the cooperating country by the PSC is subject to the 
same limitations and prohibitions that apply to Mission U.S.-citizen 
direct-hire employees.
    (b) Insurance on Private Automobiles. If the PSC or the 
dependents transport, or have transported, privately owned 
automobile(s) to the Cooperating Country or purchase an automobile 
within the Cooperating Country, the PSC agrees to cover such 
automobile(s) (during such ownership within the Cooperating Country) 
by a current, i.e., not in arrears, insurance policy. The insurance 
policy must be issued by a reliable company providing the following 
minimum coverage, or such other minimum coverage as may be set by 
the Mission Director, payable in U.S. dollars or their equivalent in 
the currency of the Cooperating Country: injury to persons, $10,000/
$20,000; and property damage, $5,000. The PSC further agrees to 
deliver, or have delivered, to the Mission Director, the insurance 
policies required by this provision or satisfactory proof of their 
existence, before the automobile(s) is operated within the 
Cooperating Country. The premium costs for such insurance are not 
reimbursable under this contract.

2. Physical Exams (for Inclusion in Washington-Based USPSCs)

    (a) Physical Fitness. Washington-based USPSCs are not required 
to obtain a physical exam unless their work schedule calls for 
overseas TDY assignments of 60 days or more in the aggregate during 
a 12-month period.
    (b) For Washington based USPSCs whose contracts require TDYs, 
which in the aggregate amount to 60 days or more in a calendar year, 
the PSC must obtain a medical clearance from State M/MED prior to 
any travel overseas. The Contracting Officer will provide the USPSC 
with a medical clearance packet for this purpose.

3. Physical Exams and Health Room Privileges (for Inclusion in 
Offshore USPSCs)

    (a) Physical Fitness.
    (1) For contracts performed outside the United States for less 
than 60 days in a calendar year, the PSC is required to be examined 
by a licensed doctor of medicine and obtain from the doctor a 
statement of medical opinion that, in the doctor's opinion, the 
contractor is physically able to engage in the type of activity for 
which the PSC is being employed under the contract. A copy of the 
statement(s) shall be provided to the Contracting Officer prior to 
the contractor's departure overseas, or for a U.S. resident hire, 
before the PSC starts work under the contract. As an example, the 
doctor may choose to use the language of the doctor's statement of 
medical opinion at the end of the form AID 1420-62 which identifies 
the contractor by name, to meet this requirement. However, form AID 
1420-62 is not required to be completed for contracts less than 60 
days.
    (2) For all contracts performed outside of the United States in 
excess of 60 days, the PSC and any authorized dependents must be 
examined by a licensed doctor of medicine and must obtain a medical 
clearance from the U.S. Department of State, Office of Medical 
Services, Medical Clearance Unit (M/MED). A copy of the M/MED 
Medical Clearance abstract must be provided to the Contracting 
Officer before the contract is signed.
    (3) The PSC and the dependents are authorized physical 
examinations within 60 days after completion of the PSC's period of 
performance. The PSC is subject to the same re-imbursement 
restrictions as the initial exam.
    (b) Reimbursement.
    (1) As a contribution to the cost of medical examinations 
required by paragraph (a)(1) of this provision, USAID shall 
reimburse the contractor not to exceed $250 for each physical 
examination, plus reimbursement of charges for immunizations.

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    (2) (i) As a contribution to the cost of medical examinations 
required by paragraph (a)(2) and (3) of this provision, USAID will 
reimburse the PSC in an amount not to exceed half of the cost of the 
examination up to a maximum of $700 per examination plus 
reimbursement of charges for immunizations for the PSC and for each 
authorized dependent 12 years of age or over. The USAID contribution 
for dependents under 12 years of age will not exceed half of the 
cost of the examination up to a maximum of $350 per individual plus 
reimbursement of charges for immunizations. The PSC must obtain the 
prior written approval of the Contracting Officer to receive any 
USAID obligations higher than these limits.
    (ii) If M/MED requires the proposed PSC and/or dependents to 
have additional tests done before providing medical clearance, the 
proposed PSC shall notify the Contracting Officer and the 
responsible individual in the requiring office. These additional 
tests shall be reimbursed to the proposed PSC at 100% of incurred 
costs, minus any payments by the proposed PSC's insurance company.
    (c) Health Unit Privileges. After the PSC and dependents receive 
M/MED clearance, routine medical services shall be available in 
their overseas location. Procedures at the Health Room shall be in 
accordance with post policy at the post of duty. These services do 
not include hospitalization or predeparture examinations. The 
services normally include such medications as may be available, 
immunizations and preventive health measures, diagnostic 
examinations and advice, and home visits as medically indicated. 
Emergency medical treatment is provided to U.S. citizen PSCs and 
dependents, whether or not they may have been granted access to 
routine health room services, on the same basis as would be to any 
U.S. citizen in an emergency medical situation in the country, 
including post support for medevac (although medevac service will be 
paid for by the PSC's medevac insurer) and post support for 
hospitalizations per the terms of the personal services contract.

4. Medical Expense Payment Responsibility

    Include the following provision in all USPSCs (excluding 
resident hire USPSCs):
    (a) Definitions. Terms used in this General Provision are 
defined in 16 FAM 116 (available at http://www.foia.state.gov/REGS/fams.asp?level=2&id=59&fam=0). Note: personal services contractors 
are not eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Health 
Programs.
    (b) The regulations in the Foreign Affairs Manual, Volume 16, 
Chapter 520 (16 FAM 520), Responsibility for Payment of Medical 
Expenses, apply to this contract, except as stated below. The 
contractor and each dependent are strongly encouraged to obtain 
health insurance that covers this assignment. Nothing in this 
provision supersedes or contradicts any other term or provision in 
this contract that pertains to insurance or medical costs, except 
that section (e) supplements General Provision entitled ``MEDICAL 
EVACUATION (MEDEVAC) SERVICES.''
    (c)(1) When the contractor or dependent is covered by health 
insurance, that insurance is the primary payer for medical services 
provided to that contractor or dependent(s) both in the United 
States and abroad. The primary insurer's liability is determined by 
the terms, conditions, limitations, and exclusions of the insurance 
policy.
    (2) When the contractor or dependent is not covered by health 
insurance, the contractor is the primary payer for the total amount 
of medical costs incurred and the U.S. Government has no payment 
obligation (see paragraph (f) of this provision).
    (d) USAID serves as a secondary payer for medical expenses of 
the contractor and dependents who are covered by health insurance, 
where the following conditions are met:
    (1) The illness, injury, or medical condition giving rise to the 
expense is incurred, caused, or materially aggravated while the 
eligible individual is stationed or assigned abroad;
    (2) The illness, injury, or medical condition giving rise to the 
expense required or requires hospitalization and the expense is 
directly related to the treatment of such illness, injury, or 
medical condition, including obstetrical care; and
    (3) The Office of Medical Services (M/MED) or a Foreign Service 
medical provider (FSMP) determines that the treatment is appropriate 
for, and directly related to, the illness, injury, or medical 
condition.
    (e) The Mission Director may, on the advice of M/MED or an FSMP 
at post, authorize medical travel for the contractor or a dependent 
in accordance with the Travel and Transportation Expenses General 
Provision section entitled ``Emergency and Irregular Travel and 
Transportation.'' In the event of a medical emergency, when time 
does not permit consultation, the Mission Director may issue a 
Travel Authorization Form or Medical Services Authorization Form DS-
3067, provided that the FSMP or Post Medical Advisor (PMA) is 
notified as soon as possible following such an issuance. The 
contractor must promptly file a claim with his or her MEDEVAC 
insurance provider and repay to USAID any amount the MEDEVAC insurer 
pays for medical travel, up to the amount USAID paid under this 
section. The contractor must repay USAID for medical costs paid by 
the MEDEVAC insurer in accordance with sections (f) and (g) below. 
In order for medical travel to be an allowable cost under General 
Provision entitled Travel and Transportation Expenses, the 
contractor must provide USAID written evidence that MEDEVAC 
insurance does not cover these medical travel costs.
    (f) If the contractor or dependent is not covered by primary 
health insurance, the contractor is the primary payer for the total 
amount of medical costs incurred. In the event of a medical 
emergency, the Medical and Health Program may authorize issuance of 
Form DS-3067, Authorization for Medical Services for Employees and/
or Dependents, to secure admission to a hospital located abroad for 
the uninsured contractor or dependent. In that case, the contractor 
will be required to reimburse USAID in full for funds advanced by 
USAID pursuant to the issuance of the authorization. The contractor 
may reimburse USAID directly or USAID may offset the cost from the 
contractor's invoice payments under this contract, any other 
contract the individual has with the U.S. Government, or through any 
other available debt collection mechanism.
    (g) When USAID pays medical expenses (e.g., pursuant to Form DS-
3067, Authorization for Medical Services for Employees and/or 
Dependents), repayment must be made to USAID either by insurance 
payment or directly by the contractor, except for the amount of such 
expenses USAID is obligated to pay under this provision. The 
Contracting Officer will determine the repayment amount in 
accordance with the terms of this provision and the policies and 
procedures for employees contained in 16 FAM 521. When USAID pays 
the medical expenses, including medical travel costs (see section 
(e) above), of an individual (either the contractor or a dependent) 
who is covered by insurance, that individual promptly must claim his 
or her benefits under any applicable insurance policy or policies. 
As soon as the individual receives the insurance payment, the 
contractor must reimburse USAID for the full amount that USAID paid 
on the individual's behalf or the repayment amount determined by the 
Contracting Officer in accordance with this paragraph, whichever is 
less. If an individual is not covered by insurance, the contractor 
must reimburse USAID for the entire amount of all medical expenses 
and any travel costs the contractor receives from his/her MEDEVAC 
provider.
    (h) In the event that the contractor or dependent fails to 
recover insurance payments or transfer the amount of such payments 
to USAID within 90 days, USAID will take appropriate action to 
collect the payments due, unless such failure is for reasons beyond 
the control of the USPSC/dependent.
    (i) Before departing post or terminating the contract, the 
contractor must settle all medical expense and medical travel costs. 
If the contractor is insured, he or she must provide proof to the 
Contracting Officer that those insurance claims have been submitted 
to the insurance carrier(s) and sign a repayment agreement to repay 
to USAID any amounts paid by the insurance carrier(s).

5. Compensation Adjustments

    (a) Annual Salary Increase.
    (1) All U.S. PSC positions are classified based on the General 
Service (GS) schedule at the grade USAID considers to be the market 
value and salary range of the position. When the salary is 
negotiated and agreed upon, the salary must be fixed at a specific 
step within the salary range, as classified at the GS-equivalent 
grade, for the specified position (e.g., GS-13, step 5).
    (2) Future salary increases based on written evaluation of 
satisfactory performance or better must be consistent with U. S. 
direct-hire employee salary increases in accordance with OMB policy 
in 5 CFR Section 531.405--``Waiting periods for within-grade 
increases.''
    (3) For extensions and renewals, when a PSC's current salary is 
between steps (for example between a step 5 and a step 6), the base 
for extension or renewal will be established at the higher step (for 
example,

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step 6), and the ``step increase'' will be to step 7.
    (4) When an individual reaches the upper limit of a position's 
market value, i.e., the top of the GS-equivalent grade, the 
individual's salary must be ``capped'' in the same way as that of a 
USDH salary. This does not affect the annual pay comparability 
adjustment.
    (b) Annual Pay Comparability Adjustment. The PSC's compensation 
shall be adjusted to reflect the pay comparability adjustments that 
are granted from time to time to U.S. direct-hire employees by 
Executive Order for the statutory pay systems (usually in January). 
Any adjustments authorized are subject to the availability of funds 
and must not exceed that percentage stated in the Executive Order 
granting the adjustment. Further, the adjusted compensation may not 
exceed the annual ``USAID Contractor Salary Threshold (USAID CST)'' 
which is equivalent to the maximum rate for agencies without a 
certified SES performance appraisal system (or the equivalent hourly 
rate).

6. Leave and Holidays

    (a) Vacation Leave.
    (1) The PSC shall earn vacation leave at the rate of 13 workdays 
per annum or 4 hours every 2 weeks. However, no vacation shall be 
earned if the tour of duty is less than 90 days.
    (2) Notwithstanding paragraph (a)(1) above, if the PSC has had 
previous: USAID PSC service (i.e., has served under other personal 
services contracts (PSCs) covered by Sec. 636(a)(3) of the FAA or 
other statutory provision applicable to USAID); and/or former U.S. 
Government (USG) direct hire service--civilian and/or military), the 
PSC will earn vacation leave based on time in service as follows:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
            Time in service                  Calculated vacation time
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Up to 3 years of service...............  Four hours of vacation leave
                                          for each two week period.
over 3 years and up to 15 years of       Six hours of vacation leave for
 service.                                 each two week period
                                          (including 10 hours vacation
                                          leave for the final pay period
                                          of a calendar year).
15+ years of service...................  Eight hours of vacation leave
                                          for each two week period.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    (3) (i) Vacation leave is provided under this contract for the 
purposes of affording necessary rest and recreation during the 
period of performance. The PSC in consultation with the USAID 
Mission or USAID/Washington, as appropriate, shall develop a 
vacation leave schedule early in the PSC's period of performance 
taking into consideration project requirements, PSC preference and 
other factors. All vacation leave earned by the PSC must be used 
during the PSC's period of performance. All vacation leave earned by 
the PSC, but not taken by the end of the PSC's contract, will be 
forfeited. However, to prevent forfeiture of vacation leave, the 
Contracting Officer may approve the PSC taking vacation leave during 
the concluding weeks of the PSC's contract.
    (ii) As an exception to 3(i) above, the PSC may receive lump-sum 
payment for leave not taken. To approve this exception, the PSC's 
supervisor must provide the Contracting Officer with a signed, 
written Determination and Findings. The Determination and Findings 
must set out the facts and circumstances that prevented the PSC from 
taking vacation leave and the Contracting Officer must find that 
these facts and circumstances were not caused by and were beyond the 
control of the contractor. This leave payment must not exceed the 
number of days which could be earned by the PSC during a twelve 
month period.
    (4) With the approval of the Mission Director or the cognizant 
AA, as appropriate, and if the circumstances warrant, a Contracting 
Officer may grant the PSC advance vacation leave in excess of that 
earned, but in no case may the Contracting Officer grant advance 
vacation leave in excess of that earned in one year or over the life 
of the contract, whichever is less. The PSC agrees to reimburse 
USAID for any outstanding balance of advance vacation leave provided 
during the PSC's assignment under the contract.
    (5) Applicants for PSC positions will provide evidence of their 
PSC and/or USG direct hire service--civilian and/or military 
experience, as applicable, on their signed and dated SF-171 or OF-
612. By signing the appropriate form, the applicant attests to the 
accuracy of the information provided. Any applicant providing 
incorrect information is subject to the penalty provisions in the 
form. If required to satisfy due diligence requirements on behalf of 
the Contracting Officer, PSCs may be required to furnish evidence 
that verifies length of service, e.g., SF 50, DD Form 214, and/or 
signed contracts.
    (b) Sick Leave. Sick leave is earned at a rate not to exceed 13 
work-days per annum or 4 hours every 2 weeks. Unused sick leave may 
be carried over under an extension/renewal of this contract. 
Otherwise, sick leave will not be carried over from one post to 
another or from one contract to another. The PSC will not be 
compensated for unused sick leave upon completion of this contract.
    (c) Military Leave. Military leave of not more than 15 calendar 
days in any calendar year may be granted to a PSC who is a reservist 
of the Armed Forces. The PSC must provide advance notice of the 
pending military leave to the Contracting Officer or the Mission 
Director as soon as known. A copy of any such notice must be part of 
the contract file.
    (d) Leave Without Pay. Leave without pay may be granted only 
with the written approval of the Contracting Officer or Mission 
Director.
    (e) Compensatory Time. Compensatory leave may be granted only 
with the written approval of the Contracting Officer or Mission 
Director in rare instances when it has been determined absolutely 
essential and used under those guidelines which apply to direct-hire 
employees.
    (f) Sunday Pay (if applicable). Each Mission has the option 
whether or not to authorize Sunday pay for U.S. PSCs, with two 
stipulations: the decision whether or not to pay must be 
administered consistently throughout the Mission; and if Sunday pay 
is authorized, it must be paid under the same terms and conditions 
that Foreign Service direct-hire employees would receive in 
accordance with 3 FAM 3136.
    (g) Leave Records. The PSC shall maintain current leave records 
and make them available, as requested by the Mission Director or the 
Contracting Officer.

FOR INCLUSION IN USPSCS Posted Overseas

    (h) Home Leave.
    (1) Home leave is leave earned for service abroad for use only 
in the United States, its commonwealths and territories.
    (2) A USPSC who is a U.S. citizen or U.S. resident alien and has 
served at least two years overseas at the same USAID Mission, under 
the same contract, as defined in paragraph (c)(4) below, and has not 
taken more than 30 work days leave (vacation, sick or leave without 
pay) in the United States may be granted home leave in accordance 
with the following:
    (i) If the PSC returns to the same overseas post upon completion 
of home leave for an additional 2 years under the same contract, or 
for such shorter period of not less than one year, as approved in 
writing by the Mission Director prior to the USPSC's departure on 
home leave, the PSC will receive home leave, to be taken at one 
time, for a period of not more than 30 work days, provided advance 
approval is obtained from the Mission Director;
    (ii) If the contractor is returning to a different USAID Mission 
under a USAID personal services contract immediately following 
completion of the USPSC's home leave, for an additional 2 years 
under contract, or for such shorter period of not less than one 
year, as approved by the Mission Directors of the ``losing'' and 
``gaining'' Missions, the PSC will receive home leave, to be taken 
at one time, for a period of not more than 20 work days. When the 
PSC is returning to a different USAID Mission, the former Mission 
will pay for the home leave regardless of what country the PSC will 
be working in following the home leave;
    (iii) If home leave eligibility is based on paragraph (c)(2)(ii) 
of this provision, the PSC must submit written verification to the 
losing Mission at the time home leave is requested that the PSC has 
accepted a USAID personal services contract at another USAID Mission 
following completion of the home leave;
    (iv) Travel time by the most direct route is authorized in 
addition to the number of work days authorized for home leave;
    (v) Home leave must be taken in the United States, the 
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or

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the possessions of the United States, and any days spent elsewhere 
will be charged to vacation leave. If the PSC does not have accrued 
vacation leave, the PSC will be placed on leave without pay.
    (vi) If the PSC does not complete the additional service 
required under (c)(2)(i) or (ii) (that the Contracting Officer finds 
are other than for reasons beyond the PSC's control), the cost of 
home leave, travel and transportation and any other related costs 
must be repaid by the PSC to the Government.
    (3) Notwithstanding the requirement in paragraph (c)(2) above 
that the contractor must have served 2 years overseas under personal 
services contract with the same Mission to be eligible for home 
leave, the PSC may be granted advance home leave subject to all of 
the following conditions:
    (i) Granting of advanced home leave would in each case serve to 
advance the attainment of the objectives of this contract; and
    (ii) The PSC has served a minimum of 18 months in the 
Cooperating Country under this contract; and
    (iii) The contractor agrees to return to the Cooperating Country 
to serve out the remainder of the current contract, plus an 
additional 2 years under the current contract or under a new 
contract for the same or similar services at the same Mission. If 
approved in advance by the Mission Director, the contractor may 
return to serve out the remainder of the current contract, and an 
additional period of not less than 1 year under the current contract 
or under a new contract for the same or similar services at the same 
Mission.
    (4) The period of service overseas required under paragraph 
(c)(2), or paragraph (c)(3) above, will include the actual days in 
orientation in the United States (less language training). The 
actual days overseas begin on the date of arrival in the Cooperating 
Country inclusive of authorized delays enroute. Allowable vacation 
and sick leave taken while overseas, but not leave without pay, 
shall be included in the required period of service overseas. An 
amount equal to the number of days of vacation and sick leave taken 
in the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the 
possessions of the United States will be added to the required 
period of service overseas.
    (5) Salary during the travel to and from the United States for 
home leave will be limited to the time required for travel by the 
most expeditious air route. Except for reasons beyond the PSC's 
control as determined by the Contracting Officer, the PSC must 
return to duty after home leave and complete the additional required 
service or be responsible for reimbursing USAID for payments made 
during home leave. Unused home leave is not reimbursable under this 
contract, nor can it be taken incrementally in separate time 
periods.
    (6) Home leave must be taken at one time, and to the extent 
deemed necessary by the Contracting Officer, a contractor in the 
United States on home leave may be authorized to spend not more than 
5 days in work status for consultation at USAID/Washington before 
returning to post. Consultation at locations other than USAID/
Washington as well as any time in excess of 5 days spent for 
consultation must be approved by the Mission Director or the 
Contracting Officer.
    (i) Home Leave Policy for Qualifying Posts.
    (1) On June 15, 2006, the Congress passed and the President 
signed an amendment to the Foreign Service Act of 1980, as amended, 
that allows home leave for direct-hire employees following 
completion of 12-month overseas assignments at qualifying posts.
    (2) USAID is extending this new home leave policy to its USPSCs 
who ordinarily qualify for home leave, and is effective as of July 
20, 2006. This new home leave policy is in addition to the home 
leave a USPSC would earn under the contract. USAID USPSCs who 
complete their 12-month assignment at one of the qualifying posts on 
or after July 20, 2006, may be eligible for home leave under this 
new provision. For USAID, a list of qualifying posts can be obtained 
from the Human Resources Office in USAID/W.
    (3) If an eligible USPSC elects to take this new home leave, the 
USPSC must take a minimum of ten workdays of home leave. There is no 
requirement that an eligible USPSC take home leave after serving 12 
months at a designated post; it is only an option. If a USPSC is 
returning to the United States, and not returning overseas to the 
same or different USAID Mission, this new home leave policy will not 
apply.
    (j) Holidays. The contractor, while serving abroad, shall be 
entitled to all holidays granted by the Mission to U.S.-citizen 
direct-hire employees.

7. Differential and Allowances (for Inclusion IN USPSCs, Excluding 
Resident Hires)

    (a) By definition, a PSC is different from a direct-hire 
employee. Differentials and allowances are not entitlements. Not all 
differentials and allowances available to direct-hire employees are 
available to a PSC. As a result, differences in entitlements may 
result between USDH and USPSCs. While USAID strives for equity 
between USDH and USPSCs, it is recognized that the differences in 
the systems do not entirely allow for such equity.
    (b) USPSCs (excluding resident hire) are granted applicable 
differentials and allowances to the same extent and on the same 
basis as they are granted to U.S. citizen direct-hire employees at 
the Mission by the Department of State Standardized Regulations 
(Government Civilians, Foreign Areas)(DSSR), as from time to time 
amended. The rate or percentage of the allowance/differential is not 
negotiable. U.S. resident-hire PSCs are not eligible for any fringe 
benefits (except contributions for FICA, health insurance, and life 
insurance), including differentials and allowances. Neither the 
Contracting Officer nor the Mission Director has the discretion to 
provide any additional benefits and allowances without M/OAA/P's 
clearance of a request for deviation.
    (c) An explanation for each of the differentials and allowances 
can be found on the U.S. Department of State website at 
www.state.gov. If an allowance or differential is not addressed in 
the DSSR, USAID reserves the right to apply any other guidance that 
is also used for USDH.
    (d) The following differential and allowances may be granted to 
the PSC in accordance with governing regulations:
    Applicable Reference to Standardized Regulations
    (1) Post Differential Chapter 500 and Tables in Chapter 900.
    (2) Living Quarters Allowance Section 130.
    (3) Temporary Lodging Allowance Section 120.
    (4) Post Allowance Section 220.
    (5) Supplemental Post Allowance Section 230.
    (6) Payments During Evacuation Section 600.
    (7) Education Allowance Section 270.
    (8) Separate Maintenance Allowance Section 260.
    (9) Danger Pay Allowance Section 650.
    (10) Education Travel Section 280.
    (1) Post Differential. Post differential is an additional 
compensation for service at places in foreign areas where conditions 
of environment differ substantially from conditions of environment 
in the continental United States and warrant additional compensation 
as a recruitment and retention incentive. In areas where post 
differential is paid to USAID direct-hire employees, post 
differential not to exceed the percentage of salary as is provided 
such USAID direct-hire employees in accordance with the Standardized 
Regulations (Government Civilians, Foreign Areas) Chapter 500 
(except the limitation contained in Section 552, ``Ceiling on 
Payment'') Tables--Chapter 900, as from time to time amended, will 
be reimbursable hereunder for PSCs in respect to amounts earned 
during the time such PSCs actually spend overseas on work under this 
contract. When such post differential is provided to the PSC, it 
must be payable beginning on the date of arrival at the post of 
assignment and continue, including periods away from post on 
official business, until the close of business on the day of 
departure from post of assignment enroute to the United States. Sick 
or vacation leave taken at or away from the post of assignment will 
not interrupt the continuity of the assignment or require a 
discontinuance of such post differential payments, provided such 
leave is not taken within the United States or the territories of 
the United States. Post differential will not be payable while the 
employee is away from the post of assignment for purposes of home 
leave. Short-term employees will be entitled to post differential 
beginning with the forty-third (43rd) day at post.
    (2) Living Quarters Allowance. Living quarters allowance is an 
allowance granted to reimburse an employee for substantially all of 
the cost for either temporary or residence quarters whenever 
Government-owned or Government-rented quarters are not provided to 
the PSC at the post without charge. Such costs are those incurred 
for temporary lodging (temporary lodging allowance) or one unit of 
residence quarters (living quarters allowance) and include rent, 
plus any costs not included therein for heat, light, fuel, gas, 
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allowance and the living quarters allowance are never both payable 
to an employee for the same period of time. The PSC will receive 
living quarters allowance for payment of rent and utilities if such 
facilities are not supplied. Such allowance must not exceed the 
amount paid USAID employees of equivalent rank in the Cooperating 
Country, in accordance with either, the Standardized Regulations 
(Government Civilians, Foreign Areas), Chapter 130, as from time to 
time amended; or other rates approved by the Mission Director. 
Subject to the written approval of the Mission Director, short-term 
employees may be paid per diem (in lieu of living quarters 
allowance) at rates prescribed by the Federal Travel Regulations, as 
from time to time amended, during the time such short-term employees 
spend at posts of duty in the Cooperating Country under this 
contract. In authorizing such per diem rates, the Mission Director 
must consider the particular circumstances involved with respect to 
each such short-term employee including the extent to which meals 
and/or lodging may be made available without charge or at nominal 
cost by an agency of the United States Government or of the 
Cooperating Government and similar factors.
    (3) Temporary Lodging Allowance. Temporary lodging allowance is 
a quarters allowance granted to an employee for the reasonable cost 
of temporary quarters incurred by the employee and the family for a 
period not in excess of three months after first arrival at a new 
post in a foreign area or a period ending with the occupation of 
residence (permanent) quarters, if earlier, and one month 
immediately preceding final departure from the post subsequent to 
the necessary vacating of residence quarters. The PSC and authorized 
dependents will receive temporary lodging allowance in lieu of 
living quarters allowance, not to exceed the amount set forth in the 
Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, Foreign Areas), 
Chapter 120, as from time to time amended.
    (4) Post Allowance. Post allowance is a cost-of-living allowance 
granted to an employee officially stationed at a post where the cost 
of living, exclusive of quarters cost, is substantially higher than 
in Washington, D.C. The PSC will receive post allowance payments not 
to exceed those paid USAID employees in the Cooperating Country, in 
accordance with the Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, 
Foreign Areas), Chapter 220, as from time to time amended.
    (5) Supplemental Post Allowance. Supplemental post allowance is 
a form of post allowance granted to an employee at the post when it 
is determined that assistance is necessary to defray extraordinary 
subsistence costs. The PSC will receive supplemental post allowance 
payments not to exceed the amount set forth in the Standardized 
Regulations (Government Civilians, Foreign Areas), Chapter 230, as 
from time to time amended.
    (6) Payments during Evacuation. The Standardized Regulations 
(Government Civilians, Foreign Areas) provide the authority for 
efficient, orderly, and equitable procedure for the payment of 
compensation, post differential and allowances in the event of an 
emergency evacuation of employees or their dependents, or both, from 
duty stations for military or other reasons or because of imminent 
danger to their lives. If evacuation has been authorized by the 
Mission Director, the PSC and authorized dependents will receive 
payments during evacuation from their post of assignment in 
accordance with the Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, 
Foreign Areas), Chapter 600, and the Federal Travel Regulations, as 
from time to time amended.
    (7) Educational Allowance. Educational allowance is an allowance 
to assist the PSC in meeting the extraordinary and necessary 
expenses, not otherwise compensated for, incurred by reason of the 
service in a foreign area in providing adequate elementary and 
secondary education for the children. The PSC will receive 
educational allowance payments for the dependent children in amounts 
not to exceed those set forth in Standardized Regulations 
(Government Civilians, Foreign Areas), Chapter 270, as from time to 
time amended.
    (8) Separate Maintenance Allowance. Separate maintenance 
allowance is an allowance to assist an employee who is compelled by 
reason of dangerous, notably unhealthful, or excessively adverse 
living conditions at the post of assignment in a foreign area, or 
for the convenience of the Government, to meet the additional 
expense of maintaining the dependents elsewhere than at such post. 
The PSC will receive separate maintenance allowance payments not to 
exceed that made to USAID employees in accordance with the 
Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, Foreign Areas), 
Chapter 260, as from time to time amended.
    (9) Danger Pay Allowance. Danger pay allowance is an allowance 
to provide additional compensation above basic compensation to 
employees in foreign areas where civil insurrection, civil war, 
terrorism or wartime conditions threaten physical harm or imminent 
danger to the health or well-being of the employee. The danger pay 
allowance is in lieu of that part of the post differential, which is 
attributable to political violence. Consequently, the post 
differential may be reduced while danger pay is in effect to avoid 
dual crediting for political violence. The PSC will be allowed 
danger pay allowance not to exceed that paid USAID employees in the 
Cooperating Country, in accordance with the Standardized Regulations 
(Government Civilians, Foreign Areas), Chapter 650, as from time to 
time amended.
    (10) Educational Travel. Educational travel is travel to and 
from a school in the United States for secondary education (in lieu 
of an educational allowance) and for college education. The PSC will 
receive educational travel payments for the dependent children 
provided such payment does not exceed that which would be payable in 
accordance with the Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, 
Foreign Areas), Chapter 280, as from time to time amended. 
Educational travel must not be authorized for PSCs whose assignment 
is less than two years.
    (e) The allowances provided in paragraphs (a)(1) through (10) of 
this provision must be paid to the PSC in accordance with practice 
prevailing at the Mission, or the Mission Director may direct that 
the PSC be paid a per diem in lieu thereof as prescribed by the 
Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, Foreign Areas), as 
from time to time amended.

8. Social Security and Income Tax

    (a) F.I.C.A. and Medicare contributions at the prevailing rate, 
and U.S. Federal Income Tax withholding are deducted in accordance 
with regulations and rulings of the Social Security Administration 
and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, respectively.
    (b) The PSC is not eligible for the ``foreign earned income'' 
exclusion under the IRS Regulations (see 26 CFR 1.911-3(c)(3)).

9. Advance of Dollar Funds

    If requested by the PSC and authorized in writing by the 
Contracting Officer, USAID will arrange for an advance of funds to 
defray the initial cost of travel, travel allowances, authorized 
pre-contract expenses, and shipment of personal property. The 
advance is granted on the same basis as to a USAID U.S.-citizen 
direct-hire employee in accordance with ADS 633.

10. Health and Life Insurance

    (a) USAID will provide the PSC a maximum contribution of up to 
50% against the actual costs of the PSC's annual health insurance 
costs, provided that such costs do not exceed the maximum U.S. 
Government contribution for direct-hire personnel as announced 
annually by the Office of Personnel Management.
    (b) USAID will provide the PSC with a contribution of up to 50% 
against the actual costs of annual life insurance not to exceed 
$500.00 per year.
    (c) Retired U.S. Government employees must not be paid 
additional contributions for health or life insurance under their 
contracts. The Government will normally have already paid its 
contribution for the retiree unless the former employee can prove to 
the satisfaction of the Contracting Officer that the health and life 
insurance does not provide or specifically excludes coverage 
overseas. In such case, the PSC would be eligible for contributions 
under paragraphs (a) and (b) of this provision, as appropriate.
    (d) The PSC must submit proof of health and life insurance 
coverage to the Contracting Officer before any contribution is paid. 
On assignments of less than one year, costs for health and life 
insurance are prorated and paid accordingly.
    (e) A PSC who is a spouse of a current or retired Civil Service, 
Foreign Service, or Military Service member and who is covered by 
their spouse's Government health or life insurance policy is 
ineligible for the contribution under paragraphs (a) and (b) of this 
provision.
    (f) If the PSC is covered under a spouse's health insurance 
plan, where the spouse's employer pays some or all of the health 
insurance costs for the spouse and the PSC, the PSC is ineligible 
for the contribution under paragraphs (a) and (b) of this provision.
    (g) If the PSC is covered under a spouse's health insurance 
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employer pays only for the spouse's share of the insurance cost and 
the employer does not pay for any portion of the premium for the 
PSC, the PSC is eligible for the contributions in (a) and (b) of 
this provision. The PSC must provide to the Contracting Officer 
proof of this coverage and premiums paid.

11. Travel and Transportation Expenses

    (a) General.
    (1) Generally a travel authorization (TA) will be provided to 
the PSC for transportation authorized by this contract originating 
in the United States. The executive officer at the Mission will 
provide a TA for authorized transportation which is payable in local 
currency or is to originate overseas. When transportation is not 
provided by the Government-issued TA, the PSC must procure 
transportation, the costs of which will be reimbursed in accordance 
with the terms of this contract.
    (2) The PSC will be reimbursed for reasonable, allocable and 
allowable travel and transportation expenses incurred under and for 
the performance of this contract. Determination of reasonableness, 
allocability and allowability will be made by the Contracting 
Officer in accordance with USAID's established policies and 
procedures and the particular needs of the activity being 
implemented by this contract. Salary will not be paid during initial 
travel to the Mission and return at the end of the contract, unless 
specifically authorized in the contract. The following paragraphs 
provide specific guidance and limitations on particular items of 
cost.
    (b) U.S. Travel and Transportation. The PSC will be reimbursed 
for actual transportation costs and travel allowances in the United 
States as authorized in the Contract Schedule or approved in advance 
by the Contracting Officer or the Mission Director. Transportation 
costs and travel allowances must not be reimbursed in any amount 
greater than the cost of, and time required for, Economy-class 
commercially scheduled air travel by the most expeditious route 
except as otherwise provided in paragraph (g) of this provision. Any 
travel other than by economy class must be approved in advance by 
the CO and the PSC must certify to the unavailability of economy 
class in the voucher or other documents submitted for reimbursement.
    (c) International Travel. For travel to and from post of 
assignment, the PSC will be reimbursed for travel costs and travel 
allowances from place of residence in the United States (or other 
location provided that the cost of such travel does not exceed the 
cost of the travel from the PSC's residence in the United States) to 
the post of duty in the Cooperating Country and return to place of 
residence in the United States (or other location provided that the 
cost of such travel does not exceed the cost of travel from the post 
of duty in the Cooperating Country to the PSC's residence) upon 
completion of services by the individual. Reimbursement for travel 
must be in accordance with USAID's established policies and 
procedures for its direct-hire employees and the provisions of this 
contract, and must be limited to the cost of travel by the most 
direct and expeditious route. If the contract is for longer than one 
year and the PSC does not complete one full year at post of duty 
(except for reasons beyond the PSC's control as determined by the 
CO), the costs of going to and from the post of duty for the PSC and 
dependents are not reimbursable hereunder. If the PSC serves more 
than one year but less than the required service in the Cooperating 
Country (except for reasons beyond the PSC's control as determined 
by the CO) the costs of going to the post of duty are reimbursable 
hereunder but the costs of going from post of duty to the PSC's 
permanent, legal place of residence at the time he or she was 
employed for work under this contract, or other location as approved 
by the Contracting Officer, are not reimbursable under this contract 
for the PSC and dependents. When travel is by economy class 
accommodations, the PSC will be reimbursed for the cost of 
transporting up to 10 kilograms/22 pounds of accompanied personal 
baggage per traveler in addition to that regularly allowed with the 
economy ticket provided that the total number of pounds of baggage 
does not exceed that regularly allowed for first class travelers. 
Travel allowances for travelers must not be in excess of the rates 
authorized in the Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, 
Foreign areas)--hereinafter referred to as the Standardized 
Regulations--as from time to time amended, for not more than the 
travel time required by scheduled commercial air carrier using the 
most expeditious route. One stopover enroute for a period of not to 
exceed 24 hours is allowable when the traveler uses economy class 
accommodations for a trip of 14 hours or more of scheduled duration. 
Such stopover must not be authorized when travel is by indirect 
route or is delayed for the convenience of the traveler. Per-diem 
during such stopover must be paid in accordance with the Federal 
Travel Regulations as from time to time amended.
    (d) Local Travel. Reimbursement for local travel in connection 
with duties directly referable to the contract must not be in excess 
of the rates established by the Mission Director for the travel 
costs of travelers in the Cooperating Country. In the absence of 
such established rates the PSC will be reimbursed for actual travel 
costs in the Cooperating Country or the Mission, including travel 
allowances at rates not in excess of those prescribed by the 
Standardized Regulations.
    (e) Indirect Travel for Personal Convenience. When travel is 
performed by an indirect route for the personal convenience of the 
traveler, the allowable costs of such travel will be computed on the 
basis of the cost of allowable air fare via the direct usually 
traveled route. If such costs include fares for air or ocean travel 
by foreign flag carriers, approval for indirect travel by such 
foreign flag carriers must be obtained from the Contracting Officer 
or the Mission Director before such travel is undertaken, otherwise 
only that portion of travel accomplished by the United States-flag 
carriers will be reimbursable within the above limitation of 
allowable costs.
    (f) Limitation on Travel by Dependents. Travel costs and 
allowances will be allowed for authorized dependents of the PSC and 
such costs will be reimbursed for travel from place of abode to 
assigned station in the Cooperating Country and returned, only if 
the dependent remains in the Cooperating Country for at least 9 
months or one-half of the required tour of duty of the PSC, 
whichever is greater, except as otherwise authorized hereunder for 
education, medical or emergency visitation travel. If the dependent 
is eligible for educational travel pursuant to the ``Differential 
and Allowances'' provision of this contract, time spent away from 
post resulting from educational travel will be counted as time at 
post.
    (g) Delays Enroute. The PSC may be granted reasonable delays 
enroute while in travel status when such delays are caused by events 
beyond the control of the PSC and are not due to circuitous routing. 
It is understood that if delay is caused by physical incapacitation, 
the PSC will be eligible for such sick leave as provided under the 
``Leave and Holidays'' provision of this contract.
    (h) Travel by Privately Owned Automobile (POV). If travel by POV 
is authorized in the contract schedule or approved by the 
Contracting Officer, the PSC will be reimbursed for the cost of 
travel performed in the POV at a rate not to exceed that authorized 
in the Federal Travel Regulations plus authorized per diem for the 
employee and for each of the authorized dependents traveling in the 
POV, if the POV is being driven to or from the Cooperating Country 
as authorized under the contract, provided that the total cost of 
the mileage and the per diem paid to all authorized travelers must 
not exceed the total constructive cost of fare and normal per diem 
by all authorized travelers by surface common carrier or authorized 
air fare, whichever is less.
    (i) Emergency and Irregular Travel and Transportation. Emergency 
transportation costs and travel allowances while enroute, as 
provided in this section, will be reimbursed not to exceed amounts 
authorized by the Foreign Service Travel Regulations for USAID 
direct hire employees in like circumstances under the following 
conditions:
    (1) The costs of going from post of duty in the Cooperating 
Country to the employee's permanent, legal place of residence at the 
time the PSC was employed for work under this contract or other 
location for contractor employees and dependents and returning to 
the post of duty, subject to the prior written approval of the 
Mission Director that such travel is necessary for one of the 
following reasons.
    (i) Need for medical care beyond that available within the area 
to which the employee is assigned, or serious effect on physical or 
mental health if residence is continued at assigned post of duty. 
The Mission Director may authorize a medical attendant to accompany 
the employee at contract expense if, based on medical opinion, such 
an attendant is necessary.
    (ii) Death, or serious illness or injury of a member of the 
immediate family of the employee or the immediate family of the 
employee's spouse.
    (2) When, for any reason, the Mission Director determines it is 
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evacuate the PSC or PSC's dependents, the PSC will be reimbursed for 
travel and transportation expenses and travel allowance while 
enroute, for the cost of the individuals going from post of duty in 
the Cooperating Country to the employee's permanent, legal place of 
residence at the time the PSC was employed for work under this 
contract or other approved location. The Mission Director will 
determine when such employees and dependents can return to the 
Mission.
    (3) The Mission Director may also authorize emergency or 
irregular travel and transportation in other situations, when in the 
Mission Director's opinion, the circumstances warrant such action. 
The authorization must include the kind of leave to be used and 
appropriate restrictions as to time away from post, transportation 
of personal and household effects, etc.
    (j) Home Leave Travel. To the extent that home leave has been 
authorized as provided in the ``Leave and Holidays'' provision of 
this contract, the cost of travel for home leave is reimbursable for 
travel costs and travel allowances of travelers from the post of 
duty in the Cooperating Country to place of residence in the United 
States (or other location provided that the cost of such travel does 
not exceed the cost of travel to the PSC's residence in the United 
States) and return to the post of duty in the Cooperating Country. 
Reimbursement for travel must be in accordance with the Department 
of State Standardized Regulations, as from time to time amended, and 
must be limited to the cost of travel by the most direct and 
expeditious route. Travel allowances for travelers must be in 
accordance with the rates authorized in the Standardized Regulations 
as from time to time amended, for not more than the travel time 
required by scheduled commercial air carrier using the most 
expeditious route using economy class. One stopover enroute for a 
period of not to exceed 24 hours is allowable when the traveler uses 
economy class accommodations for a trip of 14 hours or more of 
scheduled duration. Such stopover must not be authorized when travel 
is by indirect route or is delayed for the convenience of the 
traveler or the traveler uses other than economy class. Per-diem 
during such stopover must be paid in accordance with the 
Standardized Regulations.
    (k) Rest and Recuperation Travel. If approved in writing by the 
Mission Director, the PSC and dependents will be allowed rest and 
recuperation travel on the same basis as authorized USAID direct-
hire Mission employees and their dependents.
    (l) Transportation of Motor Vehicles, Personal Effects and 
Household Goods.
    (1) Transportation costs must be paid on the same basis as for 
USAID direct-hire employees serving the same length tour of duty, as 
authorized in the schedule. Transportation, including packing and 
crating costs, will be paid for shipping from the point of origin in 
the United States (or other location as approved by the Contracting 
Officer) to post of duty in the Cooperating Country and return to 
point of origin in the United States (or other location as approved 
by the Contracting Officer) of one privately-owned vehicle for the 
PSC, personal effects of the PSC and authorized dependents, and 
household goods of the PSC not to exceed the limitations in effect 
for such shipments for USAID direct-hire employees in accordance 
with the Foreign Service Travel Regulations in effect at the time 
shipment is made. These limitations may be obtained from the 
Contracting Officer.
    (2) The cost of transporting motor vehicles and household goods 
must not exceed the cost of packing, crating, and transportation by 
surface common carrier. In the event that the carrier does not 
require boxing or crating of motor vehicles for shipment to the 
Cooperating Country, the cost of boxing or crating is not 
reimbursable. The transportation of a privately owned motor vehicle 
for a PSC may be authorized as a replacement of the last such motor 
vehicle shipped under this contract for such PSC when the Mission 
Director determines, in advance, and so notifies the PSC in writing, 
that the replacement is necessary for reasons not due to the 
negligence or malfeasance of the PSC. The determination must be made 
under the same rules and regulations that apply to authorized 
Mission U.S. citizen direct-hire employees.
    (m) Unaccompanied Baggage. Unaccompanied baggage is considered 
to be those personal belongings needed by the traveler immediately 
upon arrival of the PSC and dependents, and consideration should be 
given to advance shipments of unaccompanied baggage. The PSC will be 
reimbursed for costs of shipment of unaccompanied baggage (in 
addition to the weight allowance for household effects) not to 
exceed the limitations in effect for USAID direct-hire employees in 
accordance with the Foreign Service Travel Regulations as in effect 
when shipment is made. These limitations are available from the 
Contracting Officer. This unaccompanied baggage may be shipped as 
air freight by the most direct route between authorized points of 
origin and destination regardless of the modes of travel used. This 
provision is applicable to home leave travel when authorized by the 
terms of this contract.
    (n) International Ocean Transportation.
    (1) (i) Transportation of goods. Where U.S. flag vessels are not 
available, or their use would result in a significant delay, the PSC 
may obtain a release from the requirement to use U.S.-flag vessels 
from the Transportation Division, Office of Acquisition and 
Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington, 
DC 20523-1419, or the Mission Director, as appropriate, giving the 
basis for the request.
    (ii) Transportation of persons. Where U.S. flag vessels are not 
available, or their use would result in a significant delay, the PSC 
may obtain a release from the requirement to use U.S.-flag vessels 
from the Contracting Officer or the Mission Director, as 
appropriate.
    (2) Transportation of foreign-made vehicles. Reimbursement of 
the costs of transporting a foreign-made motor vehicle will be made 
in accordance with the provisions of the Foreign Service Travel 
Regulations.
    (3) Reduced rates on U.S.-flag carriers are in effect for 
shipments of household goods and personal effects of USAID 
contractors between certain locations. These reduced rates are 
available provided the shipper furnishes to the carrier at the time 
of the issuance of the Bill of Lading documentary evidence that the 
shipment is for the account of USAID. The Contracting Officer will, 
on request, furnish to the PSC current information concerning the 
availability of a reduced rate with respect to any proposed 
shipment. The PSC must not be reimbursed for shipments of household 
goods or personal effects in amounts in excess of the reduced rates, 
which are available in accordance with the foregoing.
    (o) Storage of household effects. The cost of storage charges 
(including packing, crating, and drayage costs) in the U.S. of 
household goods of the PSC will be permitted in lieu of 
transportation of all or any part of such goods to the Cooperating 
Country under paragraph (l) above provided that the total amount of 
effects shipped to the Cooperating Country or stored in the U.S. 
must not exceed the amount authorized for USAID direct-hire 
employees under the Department of State Standardized Regulations. 
These amounts are available from the Contracting Officer.
    (p) Repatriation Travel. A PSC must return to the U.S. within 30 
days after termination or completion of employment or forfeit all 
right to reimbursement for repatriation travel.

12. Payment

    (a) As approved and directed by the paying office, time and 
attendance will be submitted for PSCs in the same manner as is 
approved for direct-hire personnel.
    (b) Once each month, or at more frequent intervals, if approved 
by the paying office indicated on the Cover Page, the PSC may be 
required to submit to such office form SF 1034 ``Public Voucher for 
Purchases and Services Other Than Personal'' (original) and SF 1034-
A (three copies), or whatever other form is locally required or 
accepted. Each voucher must be identified by the USAID contract 
number and properly executed in the amount of dollars claimed during 
the period covered. The voucher forms must be supported by:
    (1) The PSC's detailed invoice, in original and two copies, 
indicating for each amount claimed the paragraph of the contract 
under which payment is to be made, supported when applicable as 
follows:
    (i) For compensation--a statement showing period covered, days 
worked, and days when PSC was in authorized travel, leave, or 
stopover status for which compensation is claimed. All claims for 
compensation must be accompanied by, or must incorporate, a 
certification signed by the PSC's supervisor covering days or hours 
worked, or authorized travel or leave time for which compensation is 
claimed.
    (ii) For travel and transportation--a statement of itinerary 
with attached carrier's receipt and/or passenger's coupons, as 
appropriate.
    (iii) For reimbursable expenses--an itemized statement supported 
by original receipts.
    (2) The first voucher submitted must account for and liquidate 
the unexpended balance of any funds advanced to the PSC.

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    (c) A final voucher and release of claims certification must be 
submitted by the PSC promptly following completion of the duties 
under this contract but in no event later than 120 days (or such 
longer period as the Contracting Officer may approve in writing) 
from the date of contract completion. The PSC's claim, which 
includes the final settlement of compensation, must not be paid 
until after the performance of the duties required under the terms 
of this contract has been approved by USAID. Following this approval 
by USAID, the PSC will submit the Release of Claims Certification 
and the voucher designated by the PSC as the ``final voucher''. This 
final voucher must be submitted on Form SF 1034 (original) and SF 
1034-A (three copies). This final voucher must include a refund 
check for the balance remaining on hand of any funds which may have 
been advanced to the PSC, or the Government must pay any amounts due 
and owing to the PSC.
    (d) Release of Claims Certification. The following Release of 
Claims Certification must be included on the final voucher, signed 
and dated by the PSC.
    ``WHERE AS, by the terms of the contract between the PSC, 
(insert name) and the United States, it is provided that after 
completion of all the work, and prior to final payment, the PSC 
shall furnish the United States with a release of all claims.
    ``NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the above premises and the 
payment (by the United States to the PSC, or by the PSC to the 
United States, as applicable) of the amount now due under the 
contract, to wit, the sum of -------- dollars ($--------), the PSC 
hereby remises, releases, and forever discharges the United States, 
its officers, agents, and employees, of and from all manner of 
liabilities, obligations, accounts, claims, and demands whatsoever, 
in law and in equity, under or arising from the contract, except: 
(if there are no exceptions, state ``None'' on the line below).

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    I, ---------- certify that I am the PSC in the foregoing 
release, and who signed this release.

Signed: ------------ Date:------------''

13. Conversion of U.S. Dollars to Local Currency

    The PSC will be provided the policy to be followed in the 
conversion of U.S. dollars to local currency. This may include, but 
not be limited to the conversion of said currency through the 
cognizant U.S. Disbursing Officer, or Mission Controller, as 
appropriate.

14. Post of Assignment Privileges

    Privileges such as the use of APO, PX's, commissaries, and 
officers clubs are established at posts abroad under agreements 
between the U.S. and host governments. These facilities are intended 
for and usually limited to members of the official U.S. 
establishment including the Embassy, USAID Mission, U.S. Information 
Service and the Military. Off-shore USPSCs are entitled to use the 
pouch and/or APO on the same basis as U.S. Direct-hire employees. 
Off-shore USPSCs are also entitled to the privileges and immunities 
enjoyed by U.S. direct-hire employees. Normally, the agreements do 
not permit these facilities to be made available to non-official 
Americans.

15. Security

(a) Security Requirements

    (1) This entire provision applies to the extent that this 
contract involves access to information classified as 
``Confidential'', ``Secret'', or ``Top Secret'' or access to 
administratively controlled information ``Sensitive But 
Unclassified'' (SBU). PSCs that are not U.S. citizens must not have 
access to classified or administratively controlled information.
    (2) Security provisions apply to this contract where no 
individual is to be awarded a contract until a personnel security 
investigation is completed at the level appropriate for the position 
and a temporary clearance or Facility Access Authorization is issued 
by SEC. If the PSC does not receive a final security clearance, the 
contract will be terminated in accordance with the termination 
provision of this contract.
    (3) The PSC
    (i) Will be responsible for safeguarding all classified or 
administratively controlled information in accordance with all 
applicable security rules, regulations, policies and procedures and 
must not supply, disclose, or otherwise permit access to classified 
information or administratively controlled information to any 
unauthorized person;
    (ii) Must not make or permit to be made any reproductions of 
classified information or administratively controlled information 
except with the prior written authorization of the Contracting 
Officer or Mission Director;
    (iii) Must submit to the Contracting Officer, at such times as 
the Contracting Officer may direct, an accounting of all 
reproductions of classified or administratively controlled 
information; and
    (iv) Must not incorporate in any other project any matter which 
will disclose classified and/or administratively controlled 
information except with the prior written authorization of the 
Contracting Officer.
    (4) The PSC must follow the procedures for classifying, marking, 
handling, transmitting, disseminating, storing, and destroying 
official material in accordance with all applicable security rules, 
regulations, policies and procedures.
    (5) The PSC agrees to submit immediately to the Mission Director 
or Contracting Officer a complete detailed report, appropriately 
classified, of any information which the PSC may have concerning 
existing or threatened espionage, sabotage, or subversive activity.
    (6) The Government agrees that, when necessary, it will indicate 
by security classification or administratively controlled 
designation, the degree of importance to the national defense of 
information to be furnished by the PSC to the Government or by the 
Government to the PSC, and the Government will give written notice 
of such security classification or administratively controlled 
designation to the PSC and of any subsequent changes. The PSC is 
authorized to rely on any letter or other written instrument signed 
by the Contracting Officer changing a security classification or 
administratively controlled designation of information.
    (7) The PSC agrees to certify after completion of the assignment 
under this contract that s/he has surrendered or disposed of all 
classified and/or administratively controlled information in the 
custody in accordance with applicable security instructions.

(b) Conditions for Contracting Before Receipt of Security Clearance

    (1) U.S. Resident Hire PSC. The PSC may begin work before 
receiving final security clearance. However, until such time as the 
final clearance is received, the PSC will have no access to 
classified or administratively controlled materials. Further, 
failure to obtain clearance will constitute cause for contract 
termination in accordance with the termination provision of this 
contract.
    (2) Off-shore/Washington based U.S. PSC. If the Contracting 
Officer so authorizes, the PSC may begin travel to post to start 
work, or if Washington based may begin work, before receipt of the 
final security clearance. However, until such time as the final 
security clearance is received, the PSC will:
    (i) Have no access to classified or administratively controlled 
materials;
    (ii) Be authorized to travel to post but without any dependents; 
and
    (iii) Be authorized no entitlements other than those normally 
authorized for short term (less than a year) USDH employees at post.
    (iv) Even if the contract is for one year or more, dependents 
may not accompany the PSC, and transportation/storage of household/
personal effects and motor vehicle will not be authorized by USAID 
before the receipt of the final security clearance. If appropriate, 
after receipt of the final clearance and given the length of time 
remaining, the Contracting Officer may authorize dependent travel 
and shipment/storage of motor vehicle and effects. Allowances and 
benefits which are subsequently authorized by the Contracting 
Officer will be paid to or on behalf of the PSC. The Contracting 
Officer will determine the effective date of such allowances and 
benefits, subject to the availability of funds. Failure to obtain 
the final security clearance will constitute cause for contract 
termination in accordance with the termination provision of this 
contract.

16. Notices

    (a) Any notice, given by any of the parties involved in this 
contract, will be sufficient only if in writing and delivered in 
person or sent by telegraph, telegram, registered, or regular mail 
as follows:
    (1) To: Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance and USAID 
Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development, 
Washington, DC 20523-0001, Attention: Contracting Officer (name of 
the cognizant Contracting Officer with a copy to the appropriate 
Mission Director).
    (2) To PSC: [Name], [Address].
    (b) At the post of duty while in the Cooperating Country and at 
the PSC's address shown on the Cover Page of this contract or to 
another address as either party designates by notice given as 
required here. Notices must be effective in accordance with

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this provision or on the effective date of the notice that changes 
this provision, whichever is later.

17. Use of Pouch

    (a) Use of diplomatic pouch is controlled by the Department of 
State. The Department of State has authorized the use of pouch 
facilities for USAID off-shore USPSCs on the same basis as USDH 
employees. In consideration of the use of pouch facilities, the PSC 
agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Department of State and 
USAID for loss or damage occurring in pouch transmission.
    (1) Official and personal mail, sent by pouch, must be addressed 
in accordance with Mission instructions.
    (2) Mail sent via the diplomatic pouch must not be in violation 
of U.S. Postal laws and must not contain material ineligible for 
pouch transmission.
    (3) Use of military postal facilities (APO/FPO) is authorized 
for off-shore USPSCs on the same basis as approved for direct-hire 
employees at the USAID Mission. Posts having access to APO/FPO 
facilities and using them for diplomatic pouch dispatch, may, 
however, accept official and personal mail for the pouch provided, 
of course, adequate postage is affixed when onward transmission 
(mail to other than USAID/W) through U.S. postal channels is 
required.
    (b) The PSC is responsible for compliance with the guidelines 
and limitations on use of pouch facilities and military postal 
facilities.
    (c) Specific additional guidance on use of mail facilities in 
accordance with this provision is available from the Post 
Communication Center at the Embassy or USAID Mission.

18. Biographical Data

    (a) The PSC agrees to furnish biographical information to the 
Contracting Officer on the required application forms.
    (b) The PSC agrees to provide the following information to the 
Mission Administrative Officer on arrival in the host country 
regarding the PSC and dependents:
    (1) PSC's full name, home address, and telephone number 
including any after-hours emergency number(s).
    (2) The name and number of the contract, and whether the 
individual is the PSC or the PSC's dependent.
    (3) The name, address, and home and office telephone number(s) 
of each individual's next of kin.
    (4) Any special instructions pertaining to emergency situations 
such as power of attorney designees or alternate contact persons.

19. U.S. Resident Hire Personal Services Contractor (for Inclusion 
in U.S. Resident Hire Personal Services Contracts)

    A PSC meeting the definition of a U.S. Resident Hire PSC, is 
subject to U.S. Federal Income Tax, but is not eligible for any 
allowances, differentials or fringe benefits (except contributions 
for FICA, health insurance, life insurance and MEDEVAC).

20. Orientation and Language Training

    Orientation and language training will not be provided unless 
specifically required for the position and included in the contract.

21. Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Insurance (Pursuant to class 
deviation OAA-DEV-2006-1c)

    (a) The PSC must obtain MEDEVAC service coverage including 
coverage for authorized dependents while performing personal 
services abroad. USAID will reimburse the total cost of MEDEVAC 
insurance to the PSC. The PSC must provide proof of coverage to the 
CO in order to receive reimbursement.
    (b) Exceptions.
    (1) A PSC and authorized dependents with a health insurance 
program that includes sufficient MEDEVAC coverage as approved by the 
Contracting Officer are not required to obtain MEDEVAC service 
coverage.
    (2) The Mission Director at the post of assignment may make a 
written determination to waive the requirement for such coverage. 
The determination must be based on findings that the quality of 
local medical services or other circumstances obviate the need for 
such coverage for PSCs and their dependents located at post.

22. Governing Law

    This contract is established under the procurement authorities 
of the United States Government and is governed by the laws of the 
United States including the procurement laws of the United States. 
This contract contains the entire agreement of the parties with 
respect to the subject matter hereof, and no representations, 
inducements, promises or agreements, oral or written between the 
parties not embodied herein shall have any force or effect. This 
contract is a complete statement of the duties, compensation, 
benefits, leave, and all terms and conditions; therefore, the laws 
of the country of performance with respect to labor and contract 
matters will not apply to carrying out of the obligations of the 
parties under this contract, to the interpretation of this contract 
or to disputes arising under or relating to this contract. Any such 
disputes shall be resolved by the courts or administrative tribunals 
of the United States.

23. Incentive Awards

    USPSCs may receive certain monetary and non-monetary awards. The 
monetary awards are limited solely to:
    (a) On-the-Spot Cash Awards. This cash award is given to 
encourage and reward superior accomplishments, beyond the minimum 
satisfactory performance required under the contract, that 
contribute to the quality, efficiency, and/or economy of Government 
operations, or for special and specific nonrecurring commendable 
acts or contributions during the contract performance period. The 
Parameters/Limitations are as follows:
    (1) (A USPSC may receive one or more On-The-Spot Award not to 
exceed a total of $500 in any one year period from the individual's 
employing Bureau/Mission/Independent Office. A USPSC may receive 
additional On-The-Spot Cash Awards up to $500 combined total from 
USAID organizations outside of the individual's Bureau/Independent 
Office/Mission, in the same one year period.
    (2) The minimum dollar value for an individual On-The-Spot Cash 
Award is $25. The maximum dollar value of an individual On-The-Spot 
Award is $500. An award may be provided in any amount between $25 
and $500, ensuring compliance with the limitation noted in paragraph 
(a)(1) of this provision.
    These awards are considered income for U.S. citizens/resident 
aliens by the Internal Revenue Service, and are subject to 
withholding and other taxes.
    (b) Special Act Awards. This cash award recognizes a specific 
nonrecurring superior act or contribution to the public interest 
that is beyond or outside normal job responsibilities as covered by 
the individual's job description. The specific act or contribution 
must be beyond the standard for minimum satisfactory performance 
required by the contract. Unlike other cash awards, this award may 
not be given for general superior performance of the work required 
by the contract. The Parameters/Limitations are as follows:
    (1) No more than one Special Act Award may be granted to a USPSC 
in any one year period.
    (2) Special Act Awards are considered income by the Internal 
Revenue Service, and are subject to withholding and other taxes for 
U.S. citizens and U.S. resident aliens.
    (c) Time-Off Awards. This award is given in the form of excused 
absence from official duty time, without loss of pay or charge to 
the individual's leave balance. This award is given to encourage and 
reward superior accomplishments, beyond minimum satisfactory 
performance required under the contract, that contribute to the 
quality, efficiency, and/or economy of Government operations, or for 
special and specific nonrecurring commendable acts or contributions 
during the contract performance period.
    A Time Off award is granted based on the same criteria as an On-
the-Spot Cash award, and there is no general preference for one or 
the other, as a matter of agency policy. Conditions within the 
operating unit and circumstances of the individual being nominated 
will dictate the most appropriate choice. A Time-Off Award is 
categorized as a ``cash'' award because it represents paid time away 
from official duty. The Parameters/Limitations are as follows:
    (1) A full-time USPSC (i.e., 2087 work hours/year) may be 
granted up to a total of 27 hours in awards during any one-year 
period of the contract.
    (2) The minimum amount of time for which a full-time USPSC may 
be granted time off is one (1) hour. The maximum amount of time for 
which an individual Time-Off Award may be granted is 27 hours. An 
award may be granted in any one-hour time increment between 1-27 
hours for a full-time USPSC.
    (3) The maximum amount of time for which any part-time USPSC may 
be granted a Time-Off Award is to be calculated by prorating the 
maximum available to a full-time USPSC (27 hours/year) commensurate 
with the number of work hours in the part-

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time USPSC's work year. As an example, if the individual works 
approximately 1044 hours/year the maximum amount of time in a year 
for which he/she may be granted a time-off award is 14 hours.
    (4) The following scale is provided as a general guide in 
determining the appropriate amount of time to grant for a Time-Off 
Award. The scale is based on an individual working under a full-time 
(2087 hours/year) contract. The figures are to be prorated as noted 
above for individuals working under a part-time contract:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
     Contribution above and beyond
        satisfactory performance            Recommended time off award
------------------------------------------------------------------------
A contribution that is of sufficient     Up to One Work Day, (not to
 value to merit recognition. Beneficial   exceed 9 hours).
 change or modification to policies/
 procedures. Contribution benefits
 immediate unit or staff.
An important contribution to the value   Up to Two Work Days, (not to
 of an activity program, or service.      exceed 18 hours).
 Significant change to policies/
 procedures. Contribution benefits
 several units or an entire Mission/
 Bureau/Office.
A highly significant contribution to     Up to Three Work Days, (not to
 the value of an activity, program, or    exceed 27 hours).
 service. A complete revision of
 policies/procedures with considerable
 impact. Contribution benefits an
 entire Mission/Bureau/Office or is of
 a cross-cutting nature impacting
 several organizations within the
 Agency.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    (5) The scheduling of Time-Off Awards must be approved by the 
individual's supervisor because this award type represents time away 
from official duty, which has the potential to impact the operating 
unit's operations.
    (6) A PSC who becomes physically incapacitated while using a 
Time-Off Award may be granted sick leave for the period of 
incapacitation. The employee is responsible for notifying the 
supervisor immediately to report the illness during the period of 
excused absence.
    (7) A Time-Off Award is granted to recognize a superior 
achievement and may not be used as a substitute for compensatory 
time off.
    (8) In deciding whether a Time-Off Award is the appropriate 
award type, the supervisor must consider the individual's leave 
balance. If the individual has an excessive leave balance, a cash 
award may be more appropriate, so as not to adversely affect the PSC 
who may have annual leave subject to forfeiture at the end of the 
contract.
    (9) Time-Off Awards must be used within 6 months of approval and 
may not be transferred to a new or follow-on contract with either 
the same or new work unit under any circumstances. In cases where 
the time off is not used within six months after the date of 
approval, the time-off must be forfeited.
    (10) Under no circumstances may a Time-Off Award be converted to 
a lump-sum payment or transferred to any other contract. A Time-Off 
Award not used by the end of the contract period must be forfeited, 
even if less than 6 months from the date of approval.
    USPSCs are not eligible for nomination for any other types of 
cash awards other than the specific awards outlined above.
    (d) Multiple Award Nominations:
    (1) A USPSC may be nominated for more than one award within the 
period of contract performance, or other benchmark period stated in 
the contract. Each award nomination will be reviewed on its own 
merit, and decisions to approve it will be based on whether the 
employee's performance meets the criteria for that particular award. 
However, a USPSC may not receive multiple cash or time-off awards 
for the same act or service.
    (2) Cash Awards are separate and distinct from the pay 
comparability increase, and the annual increase for satisfactory 
performance available within the personal services contract.

PART III: For Inclusion in Third Country National Personal Service 
Contracts (TCNPSCs) Only

1. Purchase or Sale of Personal Property or Automobiles

    (a) To the extent permitted by the cooperating country, the 
purchase, sale, import, or export of personal property or 
automobiles in the cooperating country by the PSC is subject to the 
same limitations and prohibitions that apply to Mission U.S.-citizen 
direct-hire employees.
    (b) Insurance on Private Automobiles. If the PSC or the 
dependents transport, or have transported, privately owned 
automobile(s) to the Cooperating Country or purchase an automobile 
within the Cooperating Country, the PSC agrees to cover such 
automobile(s) (during such ownership within the Cooperating Country) 
by a current, i.e., not in arrears, insurance policy. The insurance 
policy must be issued by a reliable company providing the following 
minimum coverage, or such other minimum coverage as may be set by 
the Mission Director, payable in U.S. dollars or their equivalent in 
the currency of the Cooperating Country: injury to persons, $10,000/
$20,000; and property damage, $5,000. The PSC further agrees to 
deliver, or have delivered, to the Mission Director, the insurance 
policies required by this provision or satisfactory proof of their 
existence, before the automobile(s) is operated within the 
Cooperating Country. The premium costs for such insurance are not 
reimbursable under this contract.

2. Physical Exams and Health Room Privileges

    (a) Physical Fitness.
    (1) The PSC must obtain a physical examination including for any 
accompanying dependents by a licensed doctor of medicine. The PSC 
must obtain a statement of medical opinion from the doctor that, in 
the doctor's opinion, the PSC is physically qualified to engage in 
the type of activity under the contract, and the PSC's dependents 
are physically qualified to reside in the cooperating country. A 
copy of that medical opinion must be provided to the Contracting 
Officer before the PSC and the dependent's departure for the 
cooperating country. Neither the TCN nor the dependents will have 
access to the Embassy Health Unit.
    (2) The PSC is reimbursed for the cost of the physical 
examinations mentioned in paragraph (a)(1) of this provision not to 
exceed $700 per examination for the PSC and the PSC's dependents of 
12 years of age and over; and not to exceed $350 per examination for 
PSC's dependents under 12 years of age. The PSC will also be 
reimbursed by USAID for the cost of all immunizations normally 
authorized for USPSCs.

3. Leave and Holidays

    (a) Vacation Leave. The PSC may accrue, accumulate, use, and be 
paid for vacation in accordance with the Local Compensation Plan 
(LCP). No vacation leave is earned if the contract is for less than 
90 days. Unused vacation leave may be carried over under an 
extension or renewal of the contract as long as it conforms to 
Mission policy, practice and the LCP. With the approval of the PSC's 
supervisor and concurrence by the CO and if the circumstances 
warrant, a PSC may be granted advance vacation leave in excess of 
that earned, but in no case will a PSC be granted advance vacation 
leave in excess of that which the PSC will earn in one year of the 
contract. The PSC agrees to reimburse USAID for leave used in excess 
of the amount earned during the PSC's assignment under the contract.
    (b) Sick Leave. The PSC may accrue, accumulate, and use sick 
leave in accordance with the LCP. Unused sick leave may be carried 
over under an extension or renewal of the contract. Leave earned but 
unused at the completion of this contract will be disposed of in 
accordance with the LCP.
    (c) Leave Without Pay. Leave without pay may be granted only 
with the written approval of the PSC's supervisor and concurrence by 
the Contracting Officer.
    (d) Holidays. The PSC is entitled to all holidays granted by the 
Mission in accordance with the LCP.
    (e) Compensatory Time. Comp time or overtime for TCNPSCs is 
governed by the local compensation plans. If the LCP does not

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include procedures for comp time or overtime, the prevailing 
practice of each respective Mission must be followed. Comp time is 
not transferable from one contract to another and is not 
reimbursable.

3A. Leave and Holidays for TcNPSCs Paid Under the General Schedule

    (a) Vacation Leave.
    (1) The PSC shall earn vacation leave at the rate of 13 workdays 
per annum or 4 hours every 2 weeks. However, no vacation shall be 
earned if the tour of duty is less than 90 days.
    (2) Notwithstanding paragraph (a)(1) of this provision, if the 
PSC has had previous: USAID PSC service (i.e., has served under 
other personal services contracts (PSCs) covered by Sec. 636(a)(3) 
of the FAA or other statutory provision applicable to USAID); and/or 
former U.S. Government (USG) direct hire service--civilian and/or 
military), the PSC will earn vacation leave based on time in service 
as follows:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
            Time in service                  Calculated vacation time
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Up to 3 years of service...............  Four hours of vacation leave
                                          for each two week period.
over 3 years and up to 15 years of       Six hours of vacation leave for
 service.                                 each two week period
                                          (including 10 hours vacation
                                          leave for the final pay period
                                          of a calendar year).
15+ years of service...................  Eight hours of vacation leave
                                          for each two week period.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    (3)(i) Vacation leave is provided under this contract for the 
purposes of affording necessary rest and recreation during the 
period of performance. The PSC in consultation with the USAID 
Mission or USAID/Washington, as appropriate, shall develop a 
vacation leave schedule early in the PSC's period of performance 
taking into consideration project requirements, employee preference 
and other factors. All vacation leave earned by the PSC must be used 
during the PSC's period of performance. All vacation leave earned by 
the PSC, but not taken by the end of the PSC's contract, will be 
forfeited. However, to prevent forfeiture of vacation leave, the 
Contracting Officer may approve the PSC taking vacation leave during 
the concluding weeks of the PSC's contract.
    (ii) As an exception to paragraph 3(i) of this provision, the 
PSC may receive lump-sum payment for leave not taken. To approve 
this exception, the PSC's supervisor must provide the Contracting 
Officer with a signed, written Determination and Findings. The 
Determination and Findings must set out the facts and circumstances 
that prevented the contractor from taking vacation leave and the 
Contracting Officer must find that these facts and circumstances 
were not caused by and were beyond the control of the PSC. This 
leave payment must not exceed the number of days which could be 
earned by the PSC during a twelve month period.
    (4) With the approval of the Mission Director or the cognizant 
AA, as appropriate, and if the circumstances warrant, a Contracting 
Officer may grant the PSC advance vacation leave in excess of that 
earned, but in no case may the Contracting Officer grant advance 
vacation leave in excess of that earned in one year or over the life 
of the contract, whichever is less. The PSC agrees to reimburse 
USAID for any outstanding balance of advance vacation leave provided 
during the PSC's assignment under the contract.
    (5) Applicants for PSC positions will provide evidence of their 
PSC and/or USG direct hire service--civilian and/or military 
experience, as applicable, on their signed and dated SF-171 or OF-
612. By signing the appropriate form, the applicant attests to the 
accuracy of the information provided. Any applicant providing 
incorrect information is subject to the penalty provisions in the 
form. If required to satisfy due diligence requirements on behalf of 
the Contracting Officer, PSCs may be required to furnish evidence 
that verifies length of service, e.g., SF 50, DD Form 214, and/or 
signed contracts.
    (b) Sick Leave. Sick leave is earned at a rate not to exceed 13 
work-days per annum or 4 hours every 2 weeks. Unused sick leave may 
be carried over under an extension/renewal of this contract. 
Otherwise, sick leave will not be carried over from one post to 
another or from one contract to another. The PSC will not be 
compensated for unused sick leave upon completion of this contract.
    (c) Leave Without Pay. Leave without pay may be granted only 
with the written approval of the Contracting Officer or Mission 
Director.
    (d) Compensatory Time. Compensatory leave may be granted only 
with the written approval of the Contracting Officer or Mission 
Director in rare instances when it has been determined absolutely 
essential and used under those guidelines which apply to direct-hire 
employees.
    (e) Sunday Pay (if applicable). Each Mission has the option 
whether or not to authorize Sunday pay for PSCs, with two 
stipulations: the decision whether or not to pay must be 
administered consistently throughout the Mission; and if Sunday pay 
is authorized, it must be paid under the same terms and conditions 
that Foreign Service direct-hire employees would receive in 
accordance with 3 FAM 3136.
    (f) Leave Records. The PSC shall maintain current leave records 
and make them available, as requested by the Mission Director or the 
Contracting Officer.

[FOR INCLUSION IN TCNPSCs, if granted country leave]

    (g) Country Leave.
    (1) Country leave is leave earned for service abroad for use 
only in the TCN's home country or country of recruitment.
    (2) A TCNPSC who has been authorized country leave must have 
served at least two years at the same USAID Mission, under the same 
contract, and must not have taken more than 30 work days leave 
(vacation, sick or leave without pay) in the home country or country 
of recruitment, to be granted country leave of not more than 30 work 
days. This applies only if the PSC agrees to return to post upon 
completion of country leave under an additional two year contract, 
or for such shorter period of not less than one year of service 
under the contract as the Mission Director may approve in advance in 
writing. Country leave must be taken in the TCN's home country or 
country of recruitment, and any days spent elsewhere are charged to 
vacation leave or leave without pay.
    (3) Notwithstanding the requirement in paragraph (g)(2) of this 
provision that the PSC must have served 2 years overseas under 
personal services contract with the same Mission to be eligible for 
country leave, the PSC may be granted advance country leave subject 
to all of the following conditions:
    (i) Granting of advanced country leave would in each case serve 
to advance the attainment of the objectives of this contract; and
    (ii) The PSC has served a minimum of 18 months in the 
Cooperating Country under this contract; and
    (iii) The PSC agrees to return to the Cooperating Country to 
serve out the remainder of the current contract, plus an additional 
2 years under the current contract or under a new contract for the 
same or similar services at the same Mission. If approved in advance 
by the Mission Director, the PSC may return to serve out the 
remainder of the current contract, and an additional period of not 
less than 1 year under the current contract or under a new contract 
for the same or similar services at the same Mission.
    (4) Salary during the travel to and from the home country or 
country of recruitment for country leave will be limited to the time 
required for travel by the most expeditious air route. Except for 
reasons beyond the PSC's control as determined by the Contracting 
Officer, the PSC must return to duty after country leave and 
complete the additional required service or be responsible for 
reimbursing USAID for payments made during home leave. Unused 
country leave is not reimbursable under this contract, nor can it be 
taken incrementally in separate time periods, or transferred to 
another contract, regardless of the location.
    (i) Country Leave Policy for Qualifying Posts.
    (1) On June 15, 2006, the Congress passed and the President 
signed an amendment to the Foreign Service Act of 1980, as amended, 
that allows home leave for direct-hire employees following 
completion of 12-month overseas assignments at qualifying posts.
    (2) USAID is extending this new home leave policy to its TCNPSCs 
who ordinarily qualify for country leave, and is effective as of 
July 20, 2006. This new country leave policy is in addition to the 
country leave a TCNPSC would earn under the contract.

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USAID TCNPSCs who complete their 12-month assignment at one of the 
qualifying posts on or after July 20, 2006, may be eligible for 
country leave under this new provision. For USAID, a list of 
qualifying posts can be obtained from the Human Resources Office in 
USAID/W.
    (3) If an eligible TCNPSC elects to take this new country leave, 
the TCNPSC must take a minimum of ten workdays of country leave. 
There is no requirement that an eligible TCNPSC take country leave 
after serving 12 months at a designated post; it is only an option. 
If a TCNPSC is returning to the home country or country of 
recruitment, and not returning overseas to the same or different 
USAID Mission, this new country leave policy will not apply.
    (j) Holidays. The contractor, while serving abroad, shall be 
entitled to all holidays granted by the Mission to U.S.-citizen 
direct-hire employees.

4. Allowances

[FOR INCLUSION IN TCNPSCs, paid under the local compensation plan]

    Allowances are granted to the PSC and dependents on the same 
basis as FSNs under the local compensation plan. The allowances 
provided are paid to the PSC in the currency of the cooperating 
country or in accordance with the practice prevailing at the 
mission.

[FOR INCLUSIONS IN TCNPSCs, paid under the General Schedule (GS)]

    The following allowances may be granted to the PSC and 
dependents on the same basis and to the same extent as off-shore 
USPSCs at the same Mission:
    (a) By definition, a PSC is different from a direct-hire 
employee. Differentials and allowances are not entitlements. Not all 
differentials and allowances available to direct-hire employees are 
available to a PSC. As a result, differences in entitlements may 
result between USDH and USPSCs. While USAID strives for equity 
between USDH and USPSCs, it is recognized that the differences in 
the systems do not entirely allow for such equity.
    (b) USPSCs (excluding resident hire) are granted applicable 
differentials and allowances to the same extent and on the same 
basis as they are granted to U.S. citizen direct-hire employees at 
the Mission by the Department of State Standardized Regulations 
(Government Civilians, Foreign Areas)(DSSR), as from time to time 
amended. The rate or percentage of the allowance/differential is not 
negotiable. U.S. resident-hire PSCs are not eligible for any fringe 
benefits (except contributions for FICA, health insurance, and life 
insurance), including differentials and allowances. Neither the 
Contracting Officer nor the Mission Director has the discretion to 
provide any additional benefits and allowances without M/OAA/P's 
clearance of a request for deviation.
    (c) An explanation for each of the differentials and allowances 
can be found on the U.S. Department of State Web site at 
www.state.gov. If an allowance or differential is not addressed in 
the DSSR, USAID reserves the right to apply any other guidance that 
is also used for USDH.
    (d) The following differential and allowances may be granted to 
the PSC in accordance with governing regulations:
    Applicable Reference to Standardized Regulations
    (1) Post Differential Chapter 500 and Tables in Chapter 900.
    (2) Living Quarters Allowance Section 130.
    (3) Temporary Lodging Allowance Section 120.
    (4) Post Allowance Section 220.
    (5) Supplemental Post Allowance Section 230.
    (6) Payments During Evacuation Section 600.
    (7) Education Allowance Section 270.
    (8) Separate Maintenance Allowance Section 260.
    (9) Danger Pay Allowance Section 650.
    (10) Education Travel Section 280.
    (1) Post Differential. Post differential is an additional 
compensation for service at places in foreign areas where conditions 
of environment differ substantially from conditions of environment 
in the continental United States and warrant additional compensation 
as a recruitment and retention incentive. In areas where post 
differential is paid to USAID direct-hire employees, post 
differential not to exceed the percentage of salary as is provided 
such USAID direct-hire employees in accordance with the Standardized 
Regulations (Government Civilians, Foreign Areas) Chapter 500 
(except the limitation contained in Section 552, ``Ceiling on 
Payment'') Tables--Chapter 900, as from time to time amended, will 
be reimbursable hereunder for employees in respect to amounts earned 
during the time such employees actually spend overseas on work under 
this contract. When such post differential is provided to the PSC, 
it must be payable beginning on the date of arrival at the post of 
assignment and continue, including periods away from post on 
official business, until the close of business on the day of 
departure from post of assignment enroute to the United States. Sick 
or vacation leave taken at or away from the post of assignment will 
not interrupt the continuity of the assignment or require a 
discontinuance of such post differential payments, provided such 
leave is not taken within the United States or the territories of 
the United States. Post differential will not be payable while the 
employee is away from the post of assignment for purposes of home 
leave. Short-term employees will be entitled to post differential 
beginning with the forty-third (43rd) day at post.
    (2) Living Quarters Allowance. Living quarters allowance is an 
allowance granted to reimburse an employee for substantially all of 
the cost for either temporary or residence quarters whenever 
Government-owned or Government-rented quarters are not provided to 
the PSC at the post without charge. Such costs are those incurred 
for temporary lodging (temporary lodging allowance) or one unit of 
residence quarters (living quarters allowance) and include rent, 
plus any costs not included therein for heat, light, fuel, gas, 
electricity and water. The temporary lodging allowance and the 
living quarters allowance are never both payable to an employee for 
the same period of time. The PSC will receive living quarters 
allowance for payment of rent and utilities if such facilities are 
not supplied. Such allowance must not exceed the amount paid USAID 
employees of equivalent rank in the Cooperating Country, in 
accordance with either, the Standardized Regulations (Government 
Civilians, Foreign Areas), Chapter 130, as from time to time 
amended; or other rates approved by the Mission Director. Subject to 
the written approval of the Mission Director, short-term employees 
may be paid per diem (in lieu of living quarters allowance) at rates 
prescribed by the Federal Travel Regulations, as from time to time 
amended, during the time such short-term employees spend at posts of 
duty in the Cooperating Country under this contract. In authorizing 
such per diem rates, the Mission Director must consider the 
particular circumstances involved with respect to each such short-
term employee including the extent to which meals and/or lodging may 
be made available without charge or at nominal cost by an agency of 
the United States Government or of the Cooperating Government and 
similar factors.
    (3) Temporary Lodging Allowance. Temporary lodging allowance is 
a quarters allowance granted to an employee for the reasonable cost 
of temporary quarters incurred by the employee and the family for a 
period not in excess of three months after first arrival at a new 
post in a foreign area or a period ending with the occupation of 
residence (permanent) quarters, if earlier, and one month 
immediately preceding final departure from the post subsequent to 
the necessary vacating of residence quarters. The PSC and authorized 
dependents will receive temporary lodging allowance in lieu of 
living quarters allowance, not to exceed the amount set forth in the 
Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, Foreign Areas), 
Chapter 120, as from time to time amended.
    (4) Post Allowance. Post allowance is a cost-of-living allowance 
granted to an employee officially stationed at a post where the cost 
of living, exclusive of quarters cost, is substantially higher than 
in Washington, DC. The PSC will receive post allowance payments not 
to exceed those paid USAID employees in the Cooperating Country, in 
accordance with the Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, 
Foreign Areas), Chapter 220, as from time to time amended.
    (5) Supplemental Post Allowance. Supplemental post allowance is 
a form of post allowance granted to an employee at the post when it 
is determined that assistance is necessary to defray extraordinary 
subsistence costs. The PSC will receive supplemental post allowance 
payments not to exceed the amount set forth in the Standardized 
Regulations (Government Civilians, Foreign Areas), Chapter 230, as 
from time to time amended.
    (6) Payments during Evacuation. The Standardized Regulations 
(Government Civilians, Foreign Areas) provide the authority for 
efficient, orderly, and equitable procedure for the payment of 
compensation, post differential and allowances in the event of an 
emergency evacuation of employees or their dependents, or both, from 
duty stations for military or other reasons or because of

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imminent danger to their lives. If evacuation has been authorized by 
the Mission Director, the PSC and authorized dependents will receive 
payments during evacuation from their post of assignment in 
accordance with the Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, 
Foreign Areas), Chapter 600, and the Federal Travel Regulations, as 
from time to time amended.
    (7) Educational Allowance. Educational allowance is an allowance 
to assist the PSC in meeting the extraordinary and necessary 
expenses, not otherwise compensated for, incurred by reason of the 
service in a foreign area in providing adequate elementary and 
secondary education for the children. The PSC will receive 
educational allowance payments for the dependent children in amounts 
not to exceed those set forth in Standardized Regulations 
(Government Civilians, Foreign Areas), Chapter 270, as from time to 
time amended.
    (8) Separate Maintenance Allowance. Separate maintenance 
allowance is an allowance to assist an employee who is compelled by 
reason of dangerous, notably unhealthful, or excessively adverse 
living conditions at the post of assignment in a foreign area, or 
for the convenience of the Government, to meet the additional 
expense of maintaining the dependents elsewhere than at such post. 
The PSC will receive separate maintenance allowance payments not to 
exceed that made to USAID employees in accordance with the 
Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, Foreign Areas), 
Chapter 260, as from time to time amended.
    (9) Danger Pay Allowance. Danger pay allowance is an allowance 
to provide additional compensation above basic compensation to 
employees in foreign areas where civil insurrection, civil war, 
terrorism or wartime conditions threaten physical harm or imminent 
danger to the health or well-being of the employee. The danger pay 
allowance is in lieu of that part of the post differential, which is 
attributable to political violence. Consequently, the post 
differential may be reduced while danger pay is in effect to avoid 
dual crediting for political violence. The PSC will be allowed 
danger pay allowance not to exceed that paid USAID employees in the 
Cooperating Country, in accordance with the Standardized Regulations 
(Government Civilians, Foreign Areas), Chapter 650, as from time to 
time amended.
    (10) Educational Travel. Educational travel is travel to and 
from a school in the United States for secondary education (in lieu 
of an educational allowance) and for college education. The PSC will 
receive educational travel payments for the dependent children 
provided such payment does not exceed that which would be payable in 
accordance with the Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, 
Foreign Areas), Chapter 280, as from time to time amended. 
Educational travel must not be authorized for PSCs whose assignment 
is less than two years.
    (e) The allowances provided in paragraphs (a) (1) through (10) 
of this provision must be paid to the PSC in accordance with 
practice prevailing at the Mission, or the Mission Director may 
direct that the PSC be paid a per diem in lieu thereof as prescribed 
by the Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians, Foreign 
Areas), as from time to time amended.

5. Cooperating Country Taxes and Social Security

    Funds for the Cooperating Country's Social Security, retirement, 
pension, vacation or other cooperating country programs as required 
by local law are deducted and withheld in accordance with laws and 
regulations and rulings of the cooperating country or any agreement 
concerning such withholding entered into between the cooperating 
government and the United States Government.

6. Advance of Funds

    If requested by the PSC and authorized in writing by the 
Contracting Officer, USAID will arrange for an advance of funds to 
defray the initial cost of travel, authorized pre-contract expenses, 
and shipment of personal property. The advance is granted on the 
same basis as to a USAID U.S.-citizen direct-hire employee.

7. Health and Life Insurance

    Health and Life Insurance. The PSC is provided personal health 
and life insurance benefits in accordance with the LCP.

8. Travel and Transportation

    (a) General.
    The PSC will be reimbursed in currency consistent with the 
prevailing practice at post and at the rates established by the 
Mission Director for authorized travel in the cooperating country in 
connection with duties directly referable to work under this 
contract. In the absence of such established rates, the PSC will be 
reimbursed for actual costs of authorized travel in the cooperating 
country if not provided by the cooperating government or the Mission 
in connection with duties directly referable to work hereunder, 
including travel allowances at rates prescribed by the Department of 
State Standardized Regulations (DSSR) as from time to time amended. 
The Executive Officer at the Mission may furnish Travel 
Authorizations (TAs) for transportation authorized by this contract 
which is payable in local currency or is to originate outside the 
United States. When transportation is not provided by the 
Government-issued TA, the PSC must procure transportation, the costs 
of which will be reimbursed in accordance with the terms of this 
contract.
    (b) International Travel. For travel to and from post of 
assignment the TCN PSC will be reimbursed for travel costs and 
travel allowances from place of residence in the country of 
recruitment (or other location provided that the cost of such travel 
does not exceed the cost of the travel from the place of residence) 
to the post of duty in the cooperating country and return to place 
of residence in the country of recruitment (or other location 
provided that the cost of such travel does not exceed the cost of 
travel from the post of duty in the cooperating country to the PSC's 
residence) upon completion of services by the individual. 
Reimbursement for travel must be in accordance with USAID's 
established policies and procedures and the provisions of this 
contract, and must be limited to the cost of travel by the most 
direct and expeditious route. If the contract is for longer than one 
year and the PSC does not complete one full year at post of duty 
(except for reasons beyond the PSC's control), the cost of going to 
and from the post of duty for the PSC and dependents are not 
reimbursable hereunder. If the PSC serves more than one year but 
less than the required service in the cooperating country (except 
for reasons beyond the PSC's control) costs of going to the post of 
duty are reimbursable hereunder but the cost of going from post of 
duty to the PSC's permanent, legal place of residence at the time 
the PSC was employed for work under this contract are not 
reimbursable under this contract for the PSC and dependents. When 
travel is by economy class accommodations, the PSC will be 
reimbursed for the cost of transporting up to 10 kilograms/22 pounds 
of accompanied personal baggage per traveler in addition to that 
regularly allowed with the economy ticket provided that the total 
number of pounds of baggage does not exceed that regularly allowed 
for first class travelers. Travel allowances for travelers must not 
be in excess of the rates authorized in the Standardized Regulations 
(Government Civilians, Foreign Areas) hereinafter referred to as the 
Standardized Regulations--as from time to time amended, for not more 
than the travel time required by scheduled commercial air carrier 
using the most expeditious route. One stopover enroute for a period 
of not to exceed 24 hours is allowable when the traveler uses 
economy class accommodations for a trip of 14 hours or more of 
scheduled duration. Such stopover must not be authorized when travel 
is by indirect route or is delayed for the convenience of the 
traveler. Per-diem during such stopover must be paid in accordance 
with the Federal Travel Regulations as from time to time amended.
    (c) Local Travel. Reimbursement for local travel in connection 
with duties directly referable to the contract must not be in excess 
of the rates established by the Mission Director for the travel 
costs of travelers in the Cooperating Country. In the absence of 
such established rates the PSC will be reimbursed for actual travel 
costs in the Cooperating Country by the Mission, including travel 
allowances at rates not in excess of those prescribed by the 
Standardized Regulations.
    (d) Indirect Travel for Personal Convenience of a TCN. When 
travel is performed by an indirect route for the personal 
convenience of the traveler, the allowable costs of such travel will 
be computed on the basis of the cost of allowable air fare via the 
direct usually traveled route. If such costs include fares for air 
or ocean travel by foreign flag carriers, approval for indirect 
travel by such foreign flag carriers must be obtained from the 
Contracting Officer or the Mission Director before such travel is 
undertaken, otherwise only that portion of travel accomplished by 
the United States-flag carriers will be reimbursable within the 
above limitation of allowable costs.
    (e) Limitation on Travel by TCN Dependents. Travel costs and 
allowances will

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be allowed for authorized dependents of the PSC and such costs will 
be reimbursed for travel from place of abode in the country of 
recruitment to the assigned station in the Cooperating Country and 
return, only if the dependent remains in the Cooperating Country for 
at least 9 months or one-half of the required tour of duty of the 
contract, whichever is greater, except as otherwise authorized 
hereunder for education, medical, or emergency visitation travel. 
Dependents of the TCN PSC must return to the country of recruitment 
or home country within thirty days of the termination or completion 
of the PSC's employment, otherwise such travel will not be 
reimbursed under this contract.
    (f) Delays Enroute. The PSC may be granted reasonable delays 
enroute while in travel status when such delays are caused by events 
beyond the control of the PSC and are not due to circuitous routing. 
It is understood that if delay is caused by physical incapacitation, 
the PSC will be eligible for such sick leave as provided under the 
``Leave and Holidays'' provision of this contract.
    (g) Travel by Privately Owned Automobile (POV). If travel by POV 
is authorized in the contract schedule or approved by the 
Contracting Officer, the PSC will be reimbursed for the cost of 
travel performed in the POV at a rate not to exceed that authorized 
in the Federal Travel Regulations plus authorized per diem for the 
employee and, if the POV is being driven to or from the cooperating 
country as authorized under the contract, for each of the authorized 
dependents traveling in the POV, provided that the total cost of the 
mileage and per diem paid to all authorized travelers must not 
exceed the total constructive cost of fare and normal per diem by 
all authorized travelers by surface common carrier or authorized air 
fare, whichever is less.
    (h) Emergency and Irregular Travel and Transportation. Emergency 
transportation costs and travel allowances while enroute, as 
provided in this section, will be reimbursed not to exceed amounts 
authorized by the DSSR in like circumstances under the following 
conditions:
    (1) The costs of going from post of duty in the cooperating 
country to another approved location for the PSC and authorized 
dependents and returning to post of duty, subject to the prior 
written approval of the Mission Director, when such travel is 
necessary for one of the following reasons:
    (i) Need for medical care beyond that available within the area 
to which PSC is assigned.
    (ii) Serious effect on physical or mental health if residence is 
continued at assigned post of duty.
    (iii) Serious illness, injury, or death of a member of the PSC's 
immediate family or a dependent, including preparation and return of 
the remains of a deceased PSC or dependents.
    (2) Emergency evacuation when ordered by the principal U.S. 
Diplomatic Officer in the cooperating country. Transportation and 
travel allowances at safe haven and the transportation of household 
effects and automobile or storage thereof when authorized by the 
Mission Director, must be payable in accordance with established 
Government regulations.
    (3) The Mission Director may also authorize emergency or 
irregular travel and transportation in other situations when in the 
Mission Director's opinion the circumstances warrant such action. 
The authorization must include the kind of leave to be used and 
appropriate restrictions as to time away from post, transportation 
of personal and household effects, etc.
    (i) Country of Recruitment Travel and Transportation. The PSC 
will be reimbursed for actual transportation costs and travel 
allowances in the country of recruitment as authorized in the 
Schedule or approved in advance by the Contracting Officer or the 
Mission Director. Transportation costs and travel allowances must 
not be reimbursed in any amount greater than the cost of, and time 
required for, economy-class commercial-scheduled air travel by the 
most expeditious route except as otherwise provided in paragraph (h) 
of this provision, unless economy air travel is not available and 
the PSC adequately documents this to the satisfaction of the 
Contracting Officer in documents submitted with the voucher.
    (j) Rest and Recuperation Travel. If a TCN is being compensated 
under the LCP, the TCN is not entitled to R&R unless specified in 
the LCP, and only then as specified and applied to Foreign Service 
Nationals (FSNs). If however, a TCN is compensated outside of the 
LCP, the TCN is entitled to the R&R in the same way as applied to 
offshore USPSCs and USDH, provided that the post is classified an 
``R&R Post'' by the Department of State and the Mission Director 
approves in writing the R&R travel for the TCN and the TCN's 
dependents at Post.
    (k) Transportation of Personal Effects (Excluding Automobiles 
and Household Goods).
    (1) General. Transportation costs must be paid on the same basis 
as for direct-hire employees at post serving the same length tour of 
duty, as authorized in the schedule. Transportation, including 
packing and crating costs, will be paid for shipping from PSC's 
residence in the country of recruitment or other location, as 
approved by the Contracting Officer (provided that the cost of 
transportation does not exceed the cost from the PSC's residence) to 
post of duty in the cooperating country and return to the country of 
recruitment or other location provided the cost of transportation of 
the personal effects of the PSC not to exceed the limitations in 
effect for such shipments for USAID direct-hire employees in 
accordance with the DSSR in effect at the time shipment is made. 
These limitations may be obtained from the Contracting Officer. The 
cost of transporting household goods must not exceed the cost of 
packing, crating, and transportation by surface common carrier.
    (2) Unaccompanied Baggage. Unaccompanied baggage is considered 
to be those personal belongings needed by the traveler immediately 
upon arrival of the PSC and dependents. To permit the arrival of 
effects to coincide with the arrival of the PSC and dependents, 
consideration should be given to advance shipments of unaccompanied 
baggage. The PSC will be reimbursed for costs of shipment of 
unaccompanied baggage (in addition to the weight allowance for 
household effects) not to exceed the limitations in effect for USAID 
direct-hire employees in accordance with the DSSR in effect when 
shipment is made. These limitations are available from the 
Contracting Officer. This unaccompanied baggage may be shipped as 
air freight by the most direct route between authorized points of 
origin and destination regardless of the modes of travel used.
    (l) Reduced Rates on U.S.-Flag Carriers. Reduced rates on U.S.-
flag carriers are in effect for shipments of household goods and 
personal effects of USAID contractors between certain locations. 
These reduced rates are available provided the shipper furnishes to 
the carrier at the time of the issuance of the Bill of Lading 
documentary evidence that the shipment is for the account of USAID. 
The Contracting Officer will, on request, furnish to the PSC current 
information concerning the availability of a reduced rate with 
respect to any proposed shipment. The PSC must not be reimbursed for 
shipments of household goods or personal effects in amounts in 
excess of the reduced rates which are available in accordance with 
the foregoing.
    (m) Transportation of Goods. Where U.S. flag vessels are not 
available, or their use would result in a significant delay, the PSC 
may obtain a release from the requirement to use U.S. flag vessels 
from the Transportation Division, Office of Acquisition and 
Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington, 
DC 20523-1419, or the Mission Director, as appropriate, giving the 
basis for the request.
    (n) Repatriation Travel. Notwithstanding other provisions of 
this provision, a TCN must return to the country of recruitment or 
to the TCN's home country within 30 days after termination or 
completion of employment or forfeit all right to reimbursement for 
repatriation travel. The return travel obligation [repatriation 
travel] assumed by the U.S. Government may have been the obligation 
of another employer in the area of assignment if the employee has 
been in substantially continuous employment which provided for the 
TCN's return to home country or country from which recruited.
    (o) Storage of household effects. Storage charges for household 
goods (including packing, crating, and drayage costs), in the home 
country or the country of recruitment, will be permitted in lieu of 
transportation of all or any part of such goods to the Cooperating 
Country under paragraph (k) above provided that the total amount of 
effects shipped to the Cooperating Country or stored in the home 
country or country of recruitment must not exceed the amount 
authorized for USAID direct-hire employees under the DSSR. These 
amounts are available from the Contracting Officer.

9. Payment

    (a) Payment of compensation is based on written documentation 
supporting time and attendance. Such written documentation must be 
in accordance with Mission policy and practice.
    (b) Any other payments due under this contract are as prescribed 
by Mission policy.

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    (c) A final voucher and release of claims certification must be 
submitted by the PSC promptly following completion of the duties 
under this contract but in no event later than 120 days (or such 
longer period as the Contracting Officer may approve in writing) 
from the date of contract completion. The PSC's claim, which 
includes the final settlement of compensation, must not be paid 
until after the performance of the duties required under the terms 
of this contract has been approved by USAID. Following this approval 
by USAID, the PSC will submit the Release of Claims Certification 
and the voucher designated by the PSC as the ``final voucher''. This 
final voucher must be submitted on Form SF 1034 (original) and SF 
1034-A (three copies). This final voucher must include a refund 
check for the balance remaining on hand of any funds which may have 
been advanced to the PSC, or the Government must pay any amounts due 
and owing to the PSC.
    (d) Release of Claims Certification. The following Release of 
Claims Certification must be included on the final voucher, signed 
and dated by the PSC:
    ``WHERE AS, by the terms of the contract between the PSC, 
(insert name) and the United States, it is provided that after 
completion of all the work, and prior to final payment, the PSC 
shall furnish the United States with a release of all claims.
    ``NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the above premises and the 
payment (by the United States to the PSC, or by the PSC to the 
United States, as applicable) of the amount now due under the 
contract, to wit, the sum of-------- dollars ($--------), the PSC 
hereby remises, releases, and forever discharges the United States, 
its officers, agents, and employees, of and from all manner of 
liabilities, obligations, accounts, claims, and demands whatsoever, 
in law and in equity, under or arising from the contract, except: 
(if there are no exceptions, state ``None'' on the line below).

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    I, ------------, certify that I am the PSC in the foregoing 
release, and who signed this release.

Signed:------------ Date:------------''

10. Conversion of Currency

    Conversion of one currency to another currency at the Mission 
must be in accordance with Mission policy. This may include the 
conversion of currency through the cognizant U.S. Disbursing 
Officer, or Mission Controller, as appropriate.

11. Post of Assignment Privileges

    Privileges such as the use of APO, PX's, commissaries, and 
officers clubs are established at posts abroad under agreements 
between the U.S. and host governments. These facilities are intended 
for and usually limited to U.S. citizens who are officials of the 
U.S. Government. Normally, these facilities are not available to non 
U.S. citizens. However, in those cases where facilities are open to 
non U.S. citizens, they may be used by the PSC.

12. Security

    (a) The PSC is obligated to immediately notify the Contracting 
Officer if the PSC is arrested or charged with any offense during 
the term of this contract.
    (b) The PSC will not normally have access to classified or 
administratively controlled information and must take conscious 
steps to avoid receiving or learning of such information. However, 
based on PSC's need to know, the Mission may authorize access to 
administratively controlled information for performance of assigned 
scope of work on a case-by-case basis in accordance with security 
policies and procedures.
    (c) The PSC agrees to immediately submit to the Mission Director 
or Contracting Officer a complete detailed report, marked 
``Privileged Information'' of any information which the PSC may have 
concerning existing or threatened espionage, sabotage, or subversive 
activity against the United States of America or the USAID Mission 
or the cooperating country government.

13. Notices

    (a) Any notice, given by any of the parties involved in this 
contract, will be sufficient only if in writing and delivered in 
person or sent by telegraph, telegram, registered, or regular mail 
as follows:
    (1) TO USAID: To the Mission Director of the Mission in the 
Cooperating Country with a copy to the cognizant Contracting 
Officer.
    (2) TO THE PSC: At the post of duty while in the Cooperating 
Country and at the PSC's address shown on the Cover Page of this 
contract or to another address as either party designates by notice 
given as required here.
    (b) Notices must be effective when delivered in accordance with 
this provision or on the effective date of the notice that changes 
this provision, whichever is later.

14. Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Services (Pursuant to class 
deviation OAA-DEV-2006-1c)

    (a) The PSC must obtain MEDEVAC service coverage including 
coverage for authorized dependents while performing personal 
services abroad.
    (b) Exceptions.
    (1) A PSC and authorized dependents with a health insurance 
program that includes sufficient MEDEVAC coverage as approved by the 
Contracting Officer are not required to obtain MEDEVAC service 
coverage.
    (2) The Mission Director at the post of assignment may make a 
written determination to waive the requirement for such coverage. 
The determination must be based on findings that the quality of 
local medical services or other circumstances obviate the need for 
such coverage for PSCs and their dependents located at post.

15. Incentive Awards

    (a) TCNs paid under the local compensation plan are eligible to 
participate in the Joint Embassy Incentive Awards Program. The 
program is administered by an Embassy Joint Country Awards 
Committee.
    (b) Meritorious step increases may be granted to TCNs paid under 
the local compensation plan provided the granting of such increases 
is the general practice locally.
    (c) TCNPSCs whose compensation is based on the General Schedule 
for U.S. direct-hires may receive certain monetary and non-monetary 
awards. The monetary awards are limited solely to:
    (1) On-the-Spot Cash Awards. This cash award is given to 
encourage and reward superior accomplishments, beyond the minimum 
satisfactory performance required under the contract, that 
contribute to the quality, efficiency, and/or economy of Government 
operations, or for special and specific nonrecurring commendable 
acts or contributions during the contract performance period. The 
Parameters/Limitations are as follows:
    (i) A TCNPSC may receive one or more On-The-Spot Award not to 
exceed a total of $500 in any one year period from the individual's 
employing Bureau/Mission/Independent Office. A TCNPSC may receive 
additional On-The-Spot Cash Awards up to $500 combined total from 
USAID organizations outside of the individual's Bureau/Independent 
Office/Mission, in the same one year period.
    (ii) The minimum dollar value for an individual On-The-Spot Cash 
Award is $25. The maximum dollar value of an individual On-The-Spot 
Award is $500. An award may be provided in any amount between $25 
and $500, ensuring compliance with the limitation noted in paragraph 
(c)(1) of this provision.
    (2) Special Act Awards. This cash award recognizes a specific 
nonrecurring superior act or contribution to the public interest 
that is beyond or outside normal job responsibilities as covered by 
the individual's job description. The specific act or contribution 
must be beyond the standard for minimum satisfactory performance 
required by the contract. Unlike other cash awards, this award may 
not be given for general superior performance of the work required 
by the contract. No more than one Special Act Award may be granted 
to a TCNPSC in any one year period.
    (3) Time-Off Awards.
    (i) This award is given in the form of excused absence from 
official duty time, without loss of pay or charge to the 
individual's leave balance. This award is given to encourage and 
reward superior accomplishments, beyond minimum satisfactory 
performance required under the contract, that contribute to the 
quality, efficiency, and/or economy of Government operations, or for 
special and specific nonrecurring commendable acts or contributions 
during the contract performance period.
    (ii) A Time Off award is granted based on the same criteria as 
an On-the-Spot Cash award, and there is no general preference for 
one or the other, as a matter of agency policy. Conditions within 
the operating unit and circumstances of the individual being 
nominated will dictate the most appropriate choice. A Time-Off Award 
is categorized as a ``cash'' award because it represents paid time 
away from official duty. The Parameters/Limitations are as follows:
    (A) A full-time TCNPSC (i.e., 2087 work hours/year) may be 
granted up to a total of 27 hours in awards during any one-year 
period of the contract.

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    (B) The minimum amount of time for which a full-time TCNPSC may 
be granted time off is one (1) hour. The maximum amount of time for 
which an individual Time-Off Award may be granted is 27 hours. An 
award may be granted in any one-hour time increment between 1-27 
hours for a full-time TCNPSC.
    (C) The maximum amount of time for which any part-time TCNPSC 
may be granted a Time-Off Award is to be calculated by prorating the 
maximum available to a full-time TCNPSC (27 hours/year) commensurate 
with the number of work hours in the part-time TCNPSC's work year. 
As an example, if the individual works approximately 1044 hours/year 
the maximum amount of time in a year for which he/she may be granted 
a time-off award is 14 hours.
    (D) The following scale is provided as a general guide in 
determining the appropriate amount of time to grant for a Time-Off 
Award. The scale is based on an individual working under a full-time 
(2087 hours/year) contract. The figures are to be prorated as noted 
above for individuals working under a part-time contract:

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     Contribution above and beyond
        satisfactory performance            Recommended time off award
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A contribution that is of sufficient     Up to One Work Day, (not to
 value to merit recognition. Beneficial   exceed 9 hours).
 change or modification to policies/
 procedures. Contribution benefits
 immediate unit or staff.
An important contribution to the value   Up to Two Work Days, (not to
 of an activity program, or service.      exceed 18 hours).
 Significant change to policies/
 procedures. Contribution benefits
 several units or an entire Mission/
 Bureau/Office.
A highly significant contribution to     Up to Three Work Days, (not to
 the value of an activity, program, or    exceed 27 hours).
 service. A complete revision of
 policies/procedures with considerable
 impact. Contribution benefits an
 entire Mission/Bureau/Office or is of
 a cross-cutting nature impacting
 several organizations within the
 Agency.
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    (E) The scheduling of Time-Off Awards must be approved by the 
individual's supervisor because this award type represents time away 
from official duty, which has the potential to impact the operating 
unit's operations.
    (F) A PSC who becomes physically incapacitated while using a 
Time-Off Award may be granted sick leave for the period of 
incapacitation. The employee is responsible for notifying the 
supervisor immediately to report the illness during the period of 
excused absence.
    (G) A Time-Off Award is granted to recognize a superior 
achievement and may not be used as a substitute for compensatory 
time off.
    (H) In deciding whether a Time-Off award is the appropriate 
award type, the supervisor must consider the individual's leave 
balance. If the individual has an excessive leave balance, a cash 
award may be more appropriate, so as not to adversely affect the PSC 
who may have annual leave subject to forfeiture at the end of the 
contract.
    (I) Time-Off Awards must be used within 6 months of approval and 
may not be transferred to a new or follow-on contract with either 
the same or new work unit under any circumstances. In cases where 
the time off is not used within six months after the date of 
approval, the time-off must be forfeited.
    (J) Under no circumstances may a Time-Off Award be converted to 
a lump-sum payment or transferred to any other contract. A Time-Off 
Award not used by the end of the contract period must be forfeited, 
even if less than 6 months from the date of approval.
    TCNPSCs are not eligible for nomination for any other types of 
cash awards other than the specific awards outlined above.
    (4) Multiple Award Nominations:
    (i) A TCNPSC may be nominated for more than one award within the 
period of contract performance, or other benchmark period stated in 
the contract. Each award nomination will be reviewed on its own 
merit, and decisions to approve it will be based on whether the 
employee's performance meets the criteria for that particular award. 
However, a TCNPSC may not receive multiple cash or time-off awards 
for the same act or service.
    (ii) Cash Awards are separate and distinct from the pay 
comparability increase, and the annual increase for satisfactory 
performance available within the personal services contract.

16. Governing Law

    This contract is established under the procurement authority of 
the United States Government and is governed by the laws of the 
United States including the procurement laws of the United States. 
This contract contains the entire agreement of the parties with 
respect to the subject matter thereof, and no representations, 
inducements, promises or arrangements, oral or written between the 
parties not embodied here shall have any force or effect. This 
contract is a complete statement of duties, compensation, benefits, 
leave, and all terms and conditions. Any disputes shall be resolved 
by the courts or administrative tribunals of the United States.

PART IV: For Inclusion in Foreign Service National Personal Service 
Contracts (FSNPSCs)

1. Physical Exams

    Physical Fitness. The PSC must be examined by a licensed doctor 
of medicine, and must obtain a statement of medical opinion that, in 
the doctor's opinion, the PSC is physically qualified to engage in 
the type of activity for which s/he is to be employed under the 
contract. A copy of the medical opinion is provided to the 
Contracting Officer before the PSC starts work under the contract. 
USAID will pay for the cost of the physical examination based on 
current Mission practice.

2. Leave and Holidays

    (a) Vacation Leave. The PSC may accrue, accumulate, use, and be 
paid for vacation in accordance with the Local Compensation Plan 
(LCP). No vacation leave is earned if the contract is for less than 
90 days. Unused vacation leave may be carried over under an 
extension or renewal of the contract as long as it conforms to 
Mission policy, practice and the LCP. With the approval of the 
individual's supervisor and concurrence by the CO and if the 
circumstances warrant, a PSC may be granted advance vacation leave 
in excess of that earned, but in no case will a PSC be granted 
advance vacation leave in excess of that which the PSC will earn in 
one year of the contract. At the end of the contract, the PSC agrees 
to reimburse USAID for leave used in excess of the amount earned 
during the period of performance under the contract.
    (b) Sick Leave. The PSC may accrue, accumulate, and use sick 
leave in accordance with the LCP. Unused sick leave may be carried 
over under an extension or renewal of the contract. Leave earned but 
unused at the completion of this contract will be disposed of in 
accordance with the LCP.
    (c) Leave Without Pay. Leave without pay may be granted only 
with the written approval of the PSC's supervisor and concurrence by 
the Contracting Officer.
    (d) Holidays. The PSC is entitled to all holidays granted by the 
Mission in accordance with the LCP.
    (e) Compensatory Time. Comp time or overtime for FSNPSCs is 
governed by the local compensation plan. If the LCP does not address 
compensatory time, then the prevailing practice of the Mission must 
be followed. Comp time is not transferable from one contract to 
another.

3. Cooperating Country Taxes and Social Security

    Funds for the Cooperating Country's Social Security, retirement, 
pension, vacation or other cooperating country programs as required 
by local law are deducted and withheld in accordance with laws and 
regulations and rulings of the cooperating country or any agreement 
concerning such withholding entered into between the cooperating 
government and the United States Government.

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4. Insurance

    Health and Life Insurance. The PSC is provided personal health 
and life insurance benefits in accordance with the Local 
Compensation Plan.

5. Travel and Transportation

    (a) General. The Executive Officer at the Mission may furnish 
Travel Authorization (TAs) for travel authorized by this contract. 
When travel is not provided by Government issued TA, the PSC will 
procure the travel, and the costs are reimbursed. The following 
paragraphs provide specific guidance and limitations on particular 
items of cost.
    (b) Travel by Privately Owned Automobile (POV). If travel by POV 
is authorized, USAID will reimburse the PSC for the cost of travel 
performed in the POV, provided that
    (1) The POV is being driven within the cooperating country as 
authorized under the contract,
    (2) The total cost of the mileage and per diem, if any, will be 
paid in accordance with Mission policy and procedures and Federal 
Travel Regulations.

6. Payment

    (a) Payment of compensation is based on written documentation 
supporting time and attendance in accordance with Mission policies 
and procedures.
    (b) Any other payments due under this contract are as prescribed 
by Mission policy for the type of payment being made.
    (c) A final voucher and release of claims certification must be 
submitted by the PSC promptly following completion of the duties 
under this contract but in no event later than 120 days (or such 
longer period as the Contracting Officer may approve in writing) 
from the date of contract completion. The PSC's claim, which 
includes the final settlement of compensation, must not be paid 
until after the performance of the duties required under the terms 
of this contract has been approved by USAID. Following this approval 
by USAID, the PSC will submit the Release of Claims Certification 
and the voucher designated by the PSC as the ``final voucher''. This 
final voucher must be submitted on Form SF 1034 (original) and SF 
1034-A (three copies). This final voucher must include a refund 
check for the balance remaining on hand of any funds which may have 
been advanced to the PSC, or the Government must pay any amounts due 
and owing to the PSC.
    (d) Release of Claims Certification. The following Release of 
Claims Certification must be included on the final voucher, signed 
and dated by the PSC.
    ``WHERE AS, by the terms of the contract between the PSC, 
(insert name) and the United States, it is provided that after 
completion of all the work, and prior to final payment, the PSC 
shall furnish the United States with a release of all claims.
    ``NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the above premises and the 
payment (by the United States to the PSC, or by the PSC to the 
United States, as applicable) of the amount now due under the 
contract, to wit, the sum of -------- dollars ($--------), the PSC 
hereby remises, releases, and forever discharges the United States, 
its officers, agents, and employees, of and from all manner of 
liabilities, obligations, accounts, claims, and demands whatsoever, 
in law and in equity, under or arising from the contract, except: 
(if there are no exceptions, state ``None'' on the line below).

    I, ------------, certify that I am the PSC in the foregoing 
release, and who signed this release.

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Signed: ------------ Date: ------------''

7. Security

    (a) The PSC is obligated to immediately notify the Contracting 
Officer if the PSC is arrested or charged with any offense during 
the term of this contract.
    (b) The PSC will not normally have access to classified or 
administratively controlled information and must take conscious 
steps to avoid receiving or learning of such information. However, 
based on PSC's need to know, the Mission may authorize access to 
administratively controlled information for performance of assigned 
scope of work on a case-by-case basis in accordance with current 
security policies and procedures.
    (c) The PSC agrees to submit immediately to the Mission Director 
or Contracting Officer a complete detailed report, marked 
``Privileged Information'' of any information which the PSC may have 
concerning existing or threatened espionage, sabotage, or subversive 
activity against the United States of America or the USAID Mission 
or the cooperating country government.

8. Notices

    (a) Any notice, given by any of the parties involved in this 
contract, will be sufficient only if in writing and delivered in 
person or sent by telegraph, telegram, registered, or regular mail 
as follows:
    (1) TO USAID: To the Mission Director of the Mission in the 
Cooperating Country with a copy to the appropriate Contracting 
Officer.
    (2) TO THE PSC: At the post of duty while in the Cooperating 
Country and at the PSC's address shown on the Cover Page of this 
contract or to another address as either party designates by notice 
given as required here.
    (b) Notices must be effective when delivered in accordance with 
this provision or on the effective date of the notice that changes 
this provision, whichever is later.

9. Incentive Awards

    (a) The PSC is eligible to participate in the Joint Embassy 
Incentive Awards Program. The program is administered by each post's 
Embassy Joint Country Awards Committee.
    (b) Meritorious step increases may be granted to FSNs paid under 
the local compensation plan provided the granting of such increases 
is the general practice locally.

10. Governing Law

    This contract is established under the procurement authority of 
the United States Government and is governed by the laws of the 
United States including the procurement laws of the United States. 
This contract contains the entire agreement of the parties with 
respect to the subject matter thereof, and no representations, 
inducements, promises or arrangements, oral or written between the 
parties not embodied here shall have any force or effect. This 
contract is a complete statement of duties, compensation, benefits, 
leave, and all terms and conditions. Any disputes shall be resolved 
by the courts or administrative tribunals of the United States.

Attachment 1 to Appendix A--Class Justification for Other Than Full and 
Open Competition for Personal Services Contracts With U.S. Citizens 
Contracted With Locally, With CCNs and TCNs Subject to the Local 
Compensation Plan, and for Overseas Contracts of $250,000 or Less

I. General

    This document is a class justification for other than full and 
open competition as authorized by Section 6.303-1(c) of the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR). This class justification may be used 
in accordance with its terms by any USAID Contracting Officer acting 
within the scope of his/her delegated authority. This class 
justification is applicable to locally recruited U.S. personal 
services contracts and CCN and TCN personal services contracts, 
subject to the local compensation plan awarded pursuant to AID 
Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR) 706.302-70(b)(1), and to any contract 
of $250,000 or less awarded by an overseas contracting activity 
pursuant to AIDAR 706.302-70(b)(2), as authorized by 40 U.S.C. 474, 
provided the appropriate requirements for competition in Section II 
of this class justification are followed.
    It has been determined that requiring full and open competition 
for procurement of U.S. locally recruited personal services 
contracts and CCN and TCN personal services (subject to the local 
compensation plan) or for procurement of $250,000 or less by 
overseas contracting activities would impair USAID's ability to meet 
the objectives of the foreign assistance program. Thus, Section 
706.302-70 of the AIDAR provides that such procurements may be 
exempted from the full and open competition requirements. This class 
justification may be used to satisfy the requirements of AIDAR 
706.302-70(c)(2) regarding preparation of justifications pursuant to 
FAR 6.303. It applies only to procurements specified above.

II. Conditions for Use

A. PSCs With United States Citizens Recruited Locally

    If recruited locally, the position was publicized in the same 
way that the Mission announces direct-hire U.S. citizen positions. 
Renewals or extensions with the same individual for continuing 
service \3\ do not need to be publicized.
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    \3\ ``continuing service'' means ``same services.''
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B. PSCs With Cooperating Country Nationals and Third Country Nationals 
Subject to the Local Compensation Plan

    New contracts were publicized consistent with Mission/Embassy 
practice on announcement of direct-hire FSN positions.\4\ Renewals 
or extensions with the same

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individual for continuing service \5\ do not need to be publicized.
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    \4\ The reference to direct-hire means all FSN positions 
including FSN/CCN PSCs.
    \5\ ``continuing services'' means ``same services.''
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C. Local Procurements for Supplies and Services \6\ Up to $250,000
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    \6\ The term ``services'' in this part of the class 
justification does not include ``personal services.''
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    This applies to procurements where the aggregate amount of the 
contract does not exceed the limits stated below:
    (1) Procurements up to $100,000 were competed as provided in FAR 
13.106, except that synopsis in the Commerce Business Daily \7\ is 
not required in any case.
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    \7\ ``Commerce Business Daily'' has been replaced with 
``FedBizOpps.''
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    (2) Procurements between $100,001 and $250,000 were publicized 
locally sufficiently to ensure that a reasonable number of 
contractors were notified. This class justification may not be used 
if only one source was considered.

D. Certification, File Documentation

    A copy of this class justification must be included in the 
contract file, together with a written statement, signed by the 
Contracting Officer, that: the contract is being awarded pursuant to 
AIDAR 706.302-70(b)(1) or (2), as applicable; that the conditions in 
Section II of this class justification have been met; and that the 
cost of the contract is fair and reasonable.

III. Effective Date

    This class justification is effective on the date of signature 
below.

Date: July 22, 1997

/s/ Marcus L. Stevenson
USAID Procurement Executive

Appendix D [Removed and Reserved]

    2. Remove and Reserve Appendix D--``Direct USAID Contracts with a 
U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Resident Alien for Personal Services Abroad'' in 
its entirety.

Appendix J [Removed and Reserved]

    3. Remove and Reserve Appendix J--``Direct USAID Contracts with a 
Cooperating Country National and with a Third Country National for 
Personal Services Abroad'' in its entirety.

Michael F. Walsh,
Procurement Executive.
[FR Doc. E7-2311 Filed 2-12-07; 8:45 am]
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