Agents who accept a job offer with an incentive to move must sign a one-year service contract in addition to the relocation-payment contract. In addition, for a period of four years, staff are not allowed to be transferred to a new site under this or any other relocation programme, as described in the Memorandum of Understanding on Operational Mobility. The service contract for the incentive to move, the moving service contract and the 4-year non-authorization period are all in progress simultaneously; an additional year will not be added. An agency must terminate a service contract when a staff member is able to terminate an employment contract for a significant reason (i.e. due to unacceptable performance or behaviour), a score less than or equal to that of “fully successful” or equivalent during the period of service, the absence of domiciliation at the new geographical site during the term of the service contract or, in another way, to fail to comply with the terms of the service contract. In such cases, the employee may withhold any incentive to move due to the service performed, but must reimburse any part of the incentive resulting from the unfinished service. (See 5 CFR 575.211 (h) for a waiver of refund power.) The Agency is not required to make an unpaid incentive payment to the employee due for the provision of services entered into, unless such payment was required in accordance with the terms of the Incentive Relocation Service Contract. The total amount of the authorized relocation incentive must be determined in proportion to the length of the period of service in order to determine the amount due for the completed service and the service not concluded. Before paying a move incentive, an agency must establish a move incentive plan. the plan must include the appointment of officials authorized to verify and authorize the payment of relocation incentives, the appointment of officials entitled to waive reimbursement of a relocation incentive, the categories of workers who may not benefit from relocation incentives, the documents necessary to determine that a post is likely to be difficult to fill; requirements for determining the amount of a relocation incentive, the payment methods that may be authorised, the requirements applicable to service contracts (including the criteria for determining the duration of a period of service, the conditions for termination of a service contract and the obligations of the Agency and staff in the event of termination of a service contract), and documentation and registration requirements. Unless the Head of the Agency decides otherwise, an incentive plan for the relocation of agencies shall apply uniformly throughout the Agency. An agency may not enter into an incentive relocation agreement during a period of service defined by the employee hiring incentive service agreement or a previously authorized incentive relocation service agreement. An agency may initiate a relocation incentive service agreement during a service period defined by the incentive retention service agreement previously authorized by an employee, or while a staff member receives pre-authorized retention incentive payments without a service contract.
The Union and the Agency have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on operational mobility. This new Memorandum of Understanding replaces the Voluntary Relocation Program (VRP). This new agreement responds better to members` needs than any previous mobility agreement, as it protects seniority while allowing young workers to be considered for positions for which they would not otherwise have been eligible. In addition to installing a residence on the new geographic site prior to the payment of a move incentive, an employee must maintain a domicile on the new geographic site for the duration of the service contract. . . .