[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 120 (Friday, June 21, 2019)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 29140-29145]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-12810]



48 CFR Chapter 7

RIN 0412-AA86

Agency for International Development Acquisition Regulation 
(AIDAR): Leave and Holidays for U.S. Personal Services Contractors, 
Including Family and Medical Leave

AGENCY: U.S. Agency for International Development.

ACTION: Proposed rule.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) proposes 
to amend the Agency for International Development Acquisition 
Regulation (AIDAR) to revise the General Provision contract clause 
(hereafter ``clause'') 5 entitled ``Leave and Holidays (APR 1997).'' 
This proposed rule also makes other editorial and clarifying changes to 
this clause and the prescription.

DATES: Submit comments on or before August 20, 2019.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments by any of the following methods:
    1. Through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov by following the instructions for submitting 
    2. By Mail addressed to: U.S. Agency for International Development 
(USAID), Bureau for Management, Office of Acquisition & Assistance, 
Policy Division, Attn: Marcelle Wijesinghe, Room 867-J, SA-44, 1300 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20523-2052.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Spencer, Telephone: 202-567-
4781 or Email: [email protected].


A. Instructions

    All comments must be in writing and submitted through one of the 
methods specified in the Addresses section above. USAID encourages all 
commenters to include the title of the action and RIN for this 
rulemaking. Please include your name, title, organization, postal 
address, telephone number, and email address in the text of your 
    Please note that USAID recommends sending all comments to the 
Federal eRulemaking Portal.
    All comments will be made available at http://www.regulations.gov 
for public review without change, including any personal information 
provided. We recommend that you do not submit information that you 
consider confidential business information or any

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information that is otherwise protected from disclosure by statute.
    USAID will only address comments that are relevant and within the 
scope of this proposed rule.

B. Background

    USAID is seeking comments on this proposed rule to revise AIDAR 
appendix D as described below:
    Section 4 is revised to make the prescription for annual and sick 
leave in paragraph (c)(2)(ix) consistent with section 12, General 
Provision clause 5 entitled ``Leave and Holidays.'' All the revisions 
to section 12, General Provision clause 5, including annual and sick 
leave, are as follows:
    (1) Annual Leave.
    The title of the clause is changed from ``Vacation Leave'' to 
``Annual Leave,'' to be consistent with section 4, paragraph (c)(2)(ix) 
of this appendix, as well as USAID's time-keeping system, and the FMLA, 
which allows for use of ``annual'' leave.
     The minimum contract period required to accrue leave is 
clarified to indicate 90 days ``in total duration.''
     The terms ``tour,'' ``tour of duty,'' and ``employee'' are 
changed to ``period of performance'' and ``contractor'' to be 
consistent with contractual terminology.
     Annual leave accrual rates are broadened to include former 
service as a USAID PSC under any statutory authority, and U.S. 
Government civilian and/or honorable active duty uniformed service, 
using the definition from 5 U.S.C. 2101. The clause also specifies the 
documents the contracting officer may review as evidence of prior 
service. This change is intended to expand the market base and attract 
former U.S. government employees with relevant skills to participate in 
the competitive process.
     The maximum amount of annual leave that can be carried 
over from one calendar year to the next during the period of the 
contract is capped at 240 hours, consistent with the same restriction 
on U.S. direct hire employees. This change will also eliminate the need 
for manual entries to be made in the Agency's time-keeping system to 
reinstate forfeited leave that is automatically cancelled in the time-
keeping system at the end of each calendar year.
     The conditions that allow the USPSC to avoid forfeiting 
annual leave are clarified; Mission Director endorsement is no longer 
required for the contracting officer to approve those conditions, and a 
Determinations and Findings (D&F) is now required before a lump-sum 
payment is authorized.
     Advanced annual leave is revised to require approval by 
the cognizant Assistant Administrator for USPSCs performing at USAID's 
headquarters. Also, the maximum amount of advanced leave that may be 
approved is limited to what the USPSC could earn in a twelve month 
period or over the life of the contract, whichever is less.
    (2) Sick Leave.
     This paragraph is amended to clarify that the USPSC may 
take sick leave based on the same standards that apply to U.S. direct 
hire employees.
     A clarification is made to the carryover of sick leave to 
specify that it only applies to a subsequent ``follow-on'' contract for 
the same services.
    (3) Home Leave.
    Home leave is a benefit a USPSC can earn after performing services 
abroad, usually after two years. It provides time off that must be used 
in the U.S., subject to a commitment to continued service by the USPSC. 
Home leave is intended to ensure that persons living and working abroad 
undergo reorientation and re-exposure in the U.S., and is provided to 
USPSCs as a benefit comparable to U.S. direct hire employees. Detailed 
proposed changes to the text regarding home leave are as follows:
     Home Leave is currently only provided to USPSCs who agree 
to return to the same Mission abroad after completing home leave. In 
July 1998, USAID issued a policy deviation from the rule to authorize a 
maximum of 20 workdays home leave based on the USPSC's commitment to 
relocate to a different USAID Mission as a USPSC immediately following 
home leave for a specific period of time, subject to prior approval by 
the Mission Director (i.e., the Mission from which the USPSC is 
     The revised clause includes the required verification 
documents the USPSC must provide to support home leave based on their 
commitment to continue work under a new contract with a different USAID 
     A clarification is made to the travel requirements to 
specify that travel time for home leave is not included in the days 
counted towards home leave, with a cross-reference to the related 
contract clause titled ``Travel and Transportation Expenses.''
    (4) Home Leave for Qualifying Missions.
    The addition of this category of leave is based on a 2006 amendment 
to the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (Pub. L. 96-465), as amended, which 
authorized this additional home leave for USPSCs following completion 
of a 12-month period of performance at qualifying Missions, currently 
Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Home leave for qualifying Missions is 
provided to USPSCs comparable to what is provided to direct-hire 
employees in order to attract USPSCs for these hard to fill positions.
    (5) Holidays. The title and text of this paragraph is revised to 
add ``administrative leave'' to apply Agency emergency closures to 
USPSCs on the same basis as to U.S. direct hires.
    (6) Military Leave.
     The ``U.S.'' is added to ``Armed Forces'' to clarify that 
the clause only applies to U.S. military service.
     The contract filing requirement has been clarified to 
inform the contractor that such approval will be maintained on file.
    (7) Leave Without Pay.
     The ``LWOP'' abbreviation is included to conform to 
USAID's timekeeping system.
     Reference to use of LWOP for family and medical leave is 
included to conform to entitlements for this leave under the FMLA (Pub. 
L. 103-3).
    (8) Compensatory Time. The term ``leave'' is removed to 
characterize this more accurately in line with USAID internal policies.
    (9) Family and Medical Leave.
    This clause adds a new section covering family and medical leave 
for all USAID USPSCs. USAID is extending the eligibility of family and 
medical leave to USPSCs performing in the U.S. as well as outside the 
U.S. as a matter of policy. The FMLA (Pub. L. 103-3) was enacted to 
allow employees to balance work and family life by protecting their 
employment and benefits status when taking reasonable leave for medical 
reasons, including child birth, adoption or care, or care for a spouse, 
parent or oneself in the event of a serious health condition.
    Following inquiries from USPSCs, USAID examined the applicability 
of FMLA to USPSCs working in the U.S. and abroad. USAID found that 
eligibility under FMLA Title II is limited to U.S. Government direct-
hire employees, and does not apply to contracts with individuals. 
However, USAID determined that USPSCs working in the U.S. are entitled 
to family and medical leave under Title I of the FMLA, as administered 
by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) through 29 CFR part 825. The DOL 
applies the broad definition of ``employee'' from the Fair Labor 
Standards Act of 1938, 29 U.S.C. 201.
    USAID determined that FMLA does not apply to USPSCs working outside 
the U.S.; however, in November 2015 the Acting Administrator authorized 
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policy. This decision was made to allow for a consistent leave policy 
for all USPSCs, irrespective of their place of performance. Based on 
this approval, in December 2015, USAID processed a two-year class 
deviation from (48 CFR) AIDAR appendix D, section 12, clause 5, ``Leave 
and Holidays'', to authorize family and medical leave for all USPSCs. 
USAID implemented the deviation on an interim basis pending the 
finalization of this rule.
    USAID has determined that Cooperating Country National Personal 
Services Contractors (CCNPSCs) or Third-Country National PSCs (TCNPSCs) 
will not be entitled to the family and medical leave provided under 
this rule, even if other specific benefits are approved by the Mission 
Director based on an exception under (48 CFR) AIDAR appendix J. Key 
provisions of the rule regarding family and medical leave are as 
     The eligibility criteria are included in the clause in 
accordance with 29 CFR 825.110, with detailed requirements regarding 
establishing eligibility in USAID internal policy.
     The reasons when family and medical leave may be taken are 
specified in accordance with 29 CFR 825.112.
     The provisions for the substitution of LWOP with paid 
leave, as allowed under 29 CFR part 825.207, is consistent with what 
USAID provides to U.S. direct hires.
     Family and medical leave may not be authorized beyond the 
completion date of the contract.
     This section provides procedures the contractor must 
follow to establish eligibility for family and medical leave.
     The clause references the U.S. Department of Labor Wage 
and Hour division publication for more information about family and 
medical leave and procedures to report violations of the underlying 
    (10) Leave Records. Use of ``shall'' is changed to ``must.''

C. Impact Assessment

    (1) Regulatory Planning and Review. Under E.O. 12866, OIRA has 
designated the proposed rule ``significant'' and therefore subject to 
the requirements of the E.O. and subject to review by the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB). OIRA has determined that this Rule is not 
an ``economically significant regulatory action'' under Section 3(f)(1) 
of E.O. 12866. This proposed rule is not a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 
    The costs and benefit of the revisions described above are as 
follows, by each type of leave affected:
     Annual Leave--Under the existing rule, USPSCs can only 
accrue annual leave per pay period at increasingly higher hourly rates 
based on prior PSC service under the authority of ``Sec. 636(a)(3) of 
the FAA [Foreign Affairs Act of 1961, as amended]''. The default 
contractor accrual rate is four hours per pay period; however the 
contractor may accrue at a rate of six hours per pay period as a prior 
PSC under the FAA exceeding three years, or eight hours per period for 
prior PSC services under the FAA exceeding 15 years. The proposed rule 
broadens this to allow USPSCs to include prior service as a USAID PSC 
under other statutory authorities, as well as prior civilian or 
uniformed service. USAID estimated the cost of progressively adding 
four hours for three years and two hours for two years for 26 pay 
periods each year of a five year contract to reach the maximum eight 
hour accrual rate per pay period. USAID's historical data indicates 
only approximately 50% of a given USPSC population will have prior 
experience to make them eligible for the maximum accrual rate. Based on 
an average annual salary for a GS-13, 14, and 15 step 10 of $146,000 
(base with DC locality) equal to $70/hour, USAID estimates 270 U.S.-
based USPSCs (i.e. 50% of 540 total) would cost of approximately $1.575 
million per year in higher accrual rates. The equivalent calculation 
for 275 USPSCs serving abroad (i.e., 50% of 550 total) with an average 
salary of $117,000 (base with no locality) equal to $56/hour comes to 
$1.283 million per year. Therefore the total estimated cost of 
additional annual leave compensation based on the expanded prior 
service eligibility is estimated at $2.859 million per year.
    The benefit of this provision is to provide this leave for USPSCs 
on a similar basis as is provided to U.S. direct hires in order to 
attract a wider pool of offerors with greater opportunities for higher 
accrual rates.
     Home Leave--The proposed rule will codify USAID's current 
policy in place by deviation from the existing AIDAR to add home leave 
eligibility for USPSCs who relocate to a different Mission under a new 
USPSC contract immediately following home leave every two years. 
Assuming about half of USAID's 550, or 275, USPSCs abroad fulfil their 
continued service commitments at a different Mission, the maximum 
additional cost at an average GS-13, 14, and 15 step 10 annual salary 
of $117,000 (base with no locality) equal to $450/day for 20 days is 
$2.476 million every two years, or $1.238 million for each year.
     Home Leave for Qualifying Missions--The proposed rule 
increases home leave by providing 10 days of leave for USPSCs after 
every 12 months abroad when performing at certain ``qualifying'' 
Missions, currently Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Sudan. 
Together these Missions have approximately 70 USPSCs abroad, so again 
using the average GS-13, 14, 15 step 10 annual salary of $117,000 per 
year (base with no locality) equal to $450/day for 10 days, the total 
additional annual cost of this leave is approximately $315,000 each 
year. The cost of this additional leave is justified to increase the 
USAID's ability to field USPSCs for hard-to-fill positions at dangerous 
and high attrition Missions.
     Holidays and Administrative Leave--The proposed rule adds 
emergency dismissals and closures to acknowledge when USAID/Washington 
headquarters or Missions abroad are closed for inclement weather, civil 
unrest or other logistical complications. This will not have a cost 
impact since previously USPSCs were not able to work during USAID 
facilities closures, and so were given the same administrative leave as 
direct hires as a practical matter. Additionally, telework ready USPSCs 
will continue to perform as do direct-hires.
     Family and Medical Leave--The addition of family and 
medical leave will only have a marginal cost impact, if any, since this 
entitlement does not provide additional leave. USPSCs must use leave 
without pay, annual, or sick leave during family and medical leave 
status. The benefit that family and medical leave provides is that it 
entitles the individual to use their leave once they are determined 
eligible and are not subject to the ordinary leave approval process. 
Provision of this benefit to USPSCs performing in the U.S. is required 
by statute; therefore, the only expansion beyond what the law requires 
is the Agency's discretion to apply it equally to USPSCs based abroad. 
This decision was made to provide this entitlement equally to all 
USPSCs and not disadvantage those performing abroad.
    As a regulatory matter, the cost of the rule making process to 
incorporate these revisions into the regulation is also justified. The 
AIDAR appendices include all the compensation and benefits available 
under personal services contracts. Therefore, the Agency needs these 
revisions in order to keep the regulation consistent, complete and 
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    (2) Regulatory Flexibility Act. The Director, Bureau for 
Management, Office of Acquisition and Assistance, acting as the Head of 
the Agency for purposes of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, 
certifies that this rule will not impact a substantial number of small 
entities within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 
601, et seq. Therefore, an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis has 
not been performed.
    (3) Paperwork Reduction Act. The proposed rule does not establish 
or modify a collection of information that requires the approval of the 
Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35).

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Chapter 7, Appendix D

    Government procurement.

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, USAID proposes to amend 
48 CFR chapter 7 as follows:


1. Amend Appendix D to Chapter 7 by:
a. In section 4, revising the second sentence of paragraph (c)(2)(ix);
b. In section 12:
i. Revising the section heading;
ii. Revising clause 5;
iii. In clauses 6 and 16, removing the word ``vacation'' each time it 
appears and adding in its place the word ``annual''.
c. By adding a parenthetical authority citation at the end of the 
    The revisions and addition read as follows:

Appendix D to Chapter 7--Direct USAID Contracts With a U.S. Citizen or 
a U.S. Resident Alien for Personal Services Abroad

* * * * *

4. Policy

* * * * *
    (c) * * *
    (2) * * *
    (ix) * * * However, PSCs with previous service are eligible to 
earn annual leave in accordance with the ``Leave and Holidays'' 
General Provision contract clause in section 12 of this appendix.
* * * * *

12. General Provisions for a Contract With a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. 
Resident Alien for Personal Services Abroad

* * * * *

5. Leave and Holidays

    [For use in all U.S. personal services contracts.]

Leave and Holidays (Date)

    (a) Annual Leave. (1) The contractor is not entitled to annual 
leave if the period of this contract is ninety (90) days or less in 
continuous duration. If the contract period is more than ninety (90) 
days, the contractor will accrue annual leave as of the start date 
of the contract period of performance as specified in paragraph 
(a)(2) of this clause.
    (2) The contractor will accrue annual leave based on the 
contractor's time in service according to the table of this 
paragraph (a)(2). The accrual rates are based on a full-time, 40-
hour workweek, which may be prorated for a shorter work-week:

       Time in service               Annual leave (AL) accrual rate
0 to 3 years.................  4 hours of leave for each 2-week period.
over 3, and up to 15 years...  6 hours of AL for each 2-week period
                                (including 10 hours AL for the final pay
                                period of a calendar year).
over 15 years................  8 hours of AL for each 2-week period.

    (i) USAID will calculate the time in service based on all the 
previous service performed by the contractor as:
    (A) An individual personal services contractor with USAID for 
any duration covered by Sec. 636(a)(3) of the FAA or other statutory 
authority applicable to USAID; and/or
    (B) A former U.S. Government (USG) direct-hire civilian 
employee; and/or 3) an honorable active duty member of the uniformed 
services based on the definition in 5 U.S.C. 2101(3).
    (ii) In addition to the information certified by the contractor 
in their Offeror Information form, the contracting officer may 
require the contractor to furnish copies of previously executed 
contracts, and/or other evidence of previous service (e.g. SF 50, DD 
Form 214 or 215) to conduct the due diligence necessary to verify 
creditable previous service.
    (3) Annual Leave is provided under this contract primarily for 
the purposes of providing the contractor necessary rest and 
recreation during the period of performance. The contractor, in 
consultation with the Supervisor, must develop an annual leave 
schedule early in the period of performance, taking into 
consideration the requirements of the position, the contractor's 
preference, and other factors. The maximum amount of annual leave 
that the contractor can carry over from one leave year to the next 
is limited to 240 hours. The contractor's unused annual leave 
balance at the end of the last pay period of each calendar year will 
be forfeited, unless the requirements of the position precluded the 
employee from taking such leave. The contractor may be authorized to 
restore annual leave for exceptional circumstances beyond the 
control of the contractor. The restoration of annual leave may be 
approved only by the USAID Administrator, cognizant Assistant 
Administrator or Head of an Independent Office reporting directly to 
the USAID Administrator, and cannot be delegated further. Annual 
leave restored must be scheduled and used no later than either the 
end of the leave year two years after either
    (i) The date fixed by the approving official as the termination 
date of the exigency of the public business or other reason beyond 
the contractor's control, which resulted in the forfeiture; or
    (ii) The end of the contract, whichever is earlier.
    (4) The contractor must use all accrued annual leave during the 
period of performance. At the end of the contract, the contractor 
will forfeit any unused annual leave except where the requirements 
of the position precluded the contractor from taking annual leave. 
In this case, the contracting officer may authorize the following:
    (i) The contractor to take annual leave during the concluding 
weeks of the contract, not to exceed the period of performance; or
    (ii) Payment of a lump-sum for annual leave not taken based on a 
signed, written determination and findings (D&F) from the 
contractor's supervisor. The D&F must set out the facts and 
circumstances that prevented the contractor from taking annual 
leave, and the contracting officer must find that the contractor did 
not cause, or have the ability to control, such facts and 
circumstances. This lump-sum payment must not exceed the number of 
days the contractor could have accrued during a twelve (12)-month 
period based on the contractor's accrual rate.
    (5) The contractor may be granted advanced annual leave by the 
contracting officer when circumstances warrant. Advanced leave must 
be approved by the Mission Director, cognizant Assistant 
Administrator, or Head of an Independent Office reporting directly 
to the Administrator, as appropriate. In no case may the contracting 
officer grant advanced annual leave in excess of the amount the 
contractor can accrue in a twelve (12) month period or over the life 
of the contract, whichever is less. At the end of the period of 
performance or at termination, the contractor must reimburse USAID 
for any outstanding balance of advanced annual leave provided to the 
contractor under the contract.
    (b) Sick Leave. The contractor may use sick leave on the same 
basis and for the same purposes as USAID employees. The contractor 
will accrue sick leave at a rate not to exceed four (4) hours every 
two (2) weeks for a maximum of thirteen (13) work-days per year. The 
contractor may carry over unused sick leave from year to year under 
the same contract, and to a new follow-on contract for the same work 
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performance. The contractor is not authorized to carry over sick 
leave to a new contract for a different position or at a different 
location. The contractor will not be compensated for unused sick 
leave at the completion of this contract.
    (c) Home Leave. (1) The contractor may be granted home leave to 
be taken only in the U.S., its commonwealth, possessions or 
territories, in one continuous period, under the following 
    (i) The contractor must complete twenty-four (24) continuous 
months of service abroad under this contract, and must not have 
taken more than thirty (30) workdays leave (annual, sick or LWOP) in 
the U.S., its commonwealths, possessions or territories. The 
required service abroad will include the actual days in orientation 
in the U.S. (excluding any language training), travel time by the 
most direct route, and actual days abroad beginning on the date of 
arrival in the cooperating country. Any annual and sick leave taken 
abroad, excluding leave without pay (LWOP), will count toward the 
period of service abroad. Any days of annual and sick leave taken in 
the U.S., its commonwealths, possessions or territories will not be 
counted toward the required twenty-four (24) months of service 
    (ii) The contractor must agree to return immediately after 
completing home leave to continue performance for an additional--
    (A) Two (2) years, or
    (B) Not less than one (1) year, if approved in writing by the 
Mission Director before the contractor departs on home leave.
    (iii) If the contractor agrees to meet the conditions in 
paragraph (c)(1)(ii) of this clause above by returning to the same 
USAID Mission under this contract or a new contract, the contractor 
may be granted thirty (30) workdays of home leave.
    (iv) If the contractor agrees to meet the continued performance 
conditions of paragraph (c)(1)(ii) of this clause and will be 
relocating to a different USAID Mission under a new USAID personal 
services contract immediately following the completion of home 
leave, the contractor may be granted twenty (20) workdays of home 
leave. USAID will reimburse the contractor for these twenty days of 
home leave under this contract, not under the new contract.
    (v) If home leave eligibility is based on paragraph (c)(1)(iv) 
of this clause, prior to departure on home leave, the contractor 
must submit to the contracting officer at the current Mission, a 
copy of the new contract with a special award condition in the 
contract Schedule indicating the contractor's obligation to fulfill 
the commitment for continued performance in accordance with 
paragraph (c)(1)(ii) of this clause.
    (2) Advanced Home Leave. Notwithstanding the requirements in 
paragraph (c)(1)of this clause, the contractor may be granted 
advanced home leave subject to all of the following conditions:
    (i) Granting of advanced home leave would serve in each case to 
advance the attainment of the objectives of this contract; and
    (ii) The contractor has served at least eighteen (18) months 
abroad, as defined in paragraph (c)(4) of this clause, at the same 
USAID Mission under this contract, and has not taken more than 30 
work days leave (annual, sick or LWOP) in the U.S.; and
    (iii) The contractor agrees to return immediately after 
completing home leave to the same Mission to serve out the remaining 
time necessary to meet two (2) years of continued performance under 
this contract, plus an additional--
    (A) Two (2) years, or
    (B) Not less than one (1) year, if approved by the Mission 
Director, under the current contract, or under a new contract for 
the same or similar services at the same Mission, before the 
contractor departs on home leave.
    (3)(i) Home leave must be taken only in the U.S., its 
commonwealths, possessions or territories. Any days spent in any 
other location will be charged to annual leave, or if the contractor 
does not have accrued annual leave to cover these days, the 
contractor will be placed on LWOP.
    (ii) Travel time by the most direct route is authorized in 
addition to the home leave authorized under this ``Leave and 
Holidays'' clause. Salary during travel to and from the U.S. for 
home leave will be limited to the time required for travel by the 
most direct and expeditious route. Additional home leave travel 
requirements are included in the ``Travel and Transportation 
Expenses'' clause of this contract.
    (iii) Except for reasons beyond the contractor's control as 
determined by the contracting officer, the contractor must return 
abroad immediately after home leave to fulfill the additional 
required continued performance of services for any home leave 
provided under this contract, or else the contractor must reimburse 
USAID for the salary and benefits costs of home leave, travel and 
transportation and any other payments related to home leave.
    (iv) Unused home leave is not reimbursable under this contract.
    (4) The contracting officer may authorize the contractor to 
spend no more than five (5) days in work status for consultation at 
USAID/Washington while on home leave in the U.S., before returning 
abroad. Consultation in excess of five (5) days or at locations 
other than USAID/Washington must be approved in advance by the 
Mission Director or the contracting officer.
    (d) Home Leave for Qualifying Missions. (1) If the contractor 
ordinarily qualifies for home leave and has completed a 12-month 
period at one of the USAID qualifying Missions, as announced by the 
Department of State or USAID, the contractor is entitled to ten (10) 
workdays of home leave in addition to the home leave the contractor 
is normally entitled to in accordance with paragraph (c) of this 
``Leave and Holidays'' clause.
    (2) There is no requirement that an eligible contractor take 
this additional home leave for qualifying Missions; it is for use at 
the contractor's option. If the contractor is eligible and elects to 
take such home leave, the contractor must take all ten (10) workdays 
at one time in the U.S. under the conditions described in paragraphs 
(c)(5) and (c)(6) of this clause. If the contractor is returning to 
the U.S. and not returning abroad to the same or different USAID 
Mission, the contractor is not eligible for home leave for 
qualifying Missions, and this paragraph (d) will not apply.
    (e) Holidays and Administrative Leave. The contractor is 
entitled to all holidays and administrative leave, including weather 
and safety leave, granted by USAID to U.S. employees as announced by 
the Agency or Mission.
    (f) Military Leave. Military leave of not more than fifteen (15) 
calendar days in any calendar year may be granted to the contractor 
who is a reservist of the U.S. Armed Forces, provided that the 
military leave has been approved, in advance, by the contracting 
officer or the Mission Director. A copy of contractor's official 
orders and the contracting officer or Mission Director approval will 
be part of the contract file.
    (g) Leave Without Pay (LWOP). The contractor may be granted LWOP 
only with the written approval of the contracting officer or Mission 
Director, unless a such leave is requested for family and medical 
leave purposes under paragraph (i) of this clause.
    (h) Compensatory Time. USAID may grant compensatory time off 
only with the written approval of the contracting officer or Mission 
Director in rare instances when it has been determined absolutely 
essential and under the guidelines which apply to USAID direct-hire 
employees for its use.
    (i) Family and Medical Leave. (1) USAID provides family and 
medical leave for eligible USPSCs working within the U.S., or any 
territories or possession of the U.S., in accordance with Title I of 
the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, as amended (FMLA), and as 
administered by the Department of Labor under 29 CFR 825. USAID also 
provides family and medical leave to eligible USPSCs working outside 
the U.S., or any territories or possession of the U.S., in 
accordance with this paragraph (i) outside the provisions of Title I 
of the FMLA as a matter of policy discretion.
    (2) Family and medical leave only applies to USPSCs, not any 
other type of PSC.
    (3) In accordance with 29 CFR 825.110, to be eligible for family 
and medical leave, the contractor must have performed services for--
    (i) At least twelve (12) months with USAID; and
    (ii) At least 1,250 hours with USAID during the previous 12-
month period.
    (4) In accordance with 29 CFR 825.200(a) and USAID policy in ADS 
309, an eligible contractor may take up to twelve (12) workweeks of 
leave under FMLA, Title I, in any 12-month period for the reasons 
specified in 29 CFR 825.112.
    (5) In accordance with 29 CFR part 825.207, the contractor may 
take LWOP for family and medical leave purposes. However, the 
contractor may choose to substitute LWOP with accrued annual or sick 
leave earned under the terms of this contract. If the contractor 
does not choose to substitute accrued paid leave, the contracting 
officer, in consultation with the contractor's supervisor, may 
require the contractor to substitute accrued paid leave for LWOP. 
The CO must obtain the required certifications for approval of 
family medical leave in accordance with USAID policy. The contractor 
must notify the contractor's Supervisor of the intent to

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substitute paid leave for LWOP prior to the date such paid leave 
commences. After having invoked the entitlement to family and 
medical leave and taking LWOP for that purpose, the contractor 
cannot retroactively substitute paid leave for the LWOP already 
taken under family and medical leave.
    (6) Family medical leave is not authorized for any period beyond 
the completion date of this contract.
    (7) When requesting family medical leave, the contractor must 
submit the relevant leave request in writing, including 
certifications and other supporting documents required by 29 CFR 825 
and USAID policy in ADS 309.
    (8) The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL's) Wage and Hour 
Division (WHD) Publication 1420 explains the FMLA's provisions and 
provides information concerning procedures for filing complaints for 
violations of the Act.
    (j) Leave Records. The contractor must maintain their current 
leave records and make them available as requested by the Mission 
Director or the contracting officer.
* * * * *
(Authority: 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; and 3 CFR, 1979 
Comp., p. 435.)

Mark A. Walther,
Acting Chief Acquisition Officer.
[FR Doc. 2019-12810 Filed 6-20-19; 8:45 am]