5 U.S. Code § 5742 - Transportation of remains, dependents, and effects; death occurring away from official station or abroad

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(a) For the purpose of this section, “agency” means—
(1) an Executive agency;
(2) a military department;
(3) an agency in the legislative branch; and
(4) an agency in the judicial branch.
(b) When an employee dies, the head of the agency concerned, under regulations prescribed by the President and, except as otherwise provided by law, may pay from appropriations available for the activity in which the employee was engaged—
(1) the expense of preparing and transporting the remains to the home or official station of the employee, or such other place appropriate for interment as is determined by the head of the agency concerned, if death occurred while the employee was in a travel status away from his official station in the United States or while performing official duties outside the continental United States or in transit thereto or therefrom;
(2) the expense of transporting his dependents, including expenses of packing, crating, draying, and transporting household effects and other personal property to his former home or such other place as is determined by the head of the agency concerned, if—
(A) the employee died while performing official duties outside the continental United States or in transit thereto or therefrom; or
(B) in the case of an employee who was a party to a mandatory mobility agreement that was in effect when the employee died—
(i) the employee died in the circumstances described in subparagraph (A); or
(ii)
(I) the employee died as a result of disease or injury incurred while performing official duties—
(aa) in an overseas location that, at the time such employee was performing such official duties, was within the area of responsibility of the Commander of the United States Central Command; and
(bb) in direct support of or directly related to a military operation, including a contingency operation (as defined in section 101 (13) of title 10) or an operation in response to an emergency declared by the President; and
(II) the employee’s dependents were residing either outside the continental United States or within the continental United States when the employee died; and
(3) the travel expenses of not more than 2 persons to escort the remains of a deceased employee, if death occurred while the employee was in travel status away from his official station in the United States or while performing official duties outside the United States or in transit thereto or therefrom, from the place of death to the home or official station of such person, or such other place appropriate for interment as is determined by the head of the agency concerned.
(c) When a dependent of an employee dies while residing with the employee performing official duties outside the continental United States or in Alaska or in transit thereto or therefrom, the head of the agency concerned may pay the necessary expenses of transporting the remains to the home of the dependent, or such other place appropriate for interment as is determined by the head of the agency concerned. If practicable, the agency concerned in respect of the deceased may furnish mortuary services and supplies on a reimbursable basis when—
(1) local commercial mortuary facilities and supplies are not available; or
(2) the cost of available mortuary facilities and supplies are prohibitive in the opinion of the head of the agency.
Reimbursement for the cost of mortuary services and supplies furnished under this subsection shall be collected and credited to current appropriations available for the payment of these costs.
(d) The benefits of this section may not be denied because the deceased was temporarily absent from duty when death occurred.
(e) Employees covered by this section include an employee who has been reassigned away from the employee’s home of record pursuant to a mandatory mobility agreement executed as a condition of employment.

Source

(Pub. L. 89–554, Sept. 6, 1966, 80 Stat. 507; Pub. L. 101–510, div. A, title XII, § 1206(d),Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1661; Pub. L. 105–277, div. A, § 101(d) [title V, § 589(b)], Oct. 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2681–150, 2681–210; Pub. L. 110–181, div. A, title XI, § 1103(a),Jan. 28, 2008, 122 Stat. 346.)

Historical and Revision Notes
Derivation U.S. Code Revised Statutes and Statutes at Large
(a)–(c) 5 U.S.C. 103a. July 8, 1940, ch. 551, § 1, 54 Stat. 743.
July 15, 1954, ch. 507, § 7(b), 68 Stat. 479.
(d) 5 U.S.C. 103b. July 8, 1940, ch. 551, § 2, 54 Stat. 744.

Subsection (a) is based on the words “department, independent establishment, agency, or federally owned or controlled corporation, hereinafter called department” in former section 103a. The terms “Executive agency” and “military department” include a department, independent establishment, agency, or federally owned or controlled corporation in the executive branch because of the definitions in sections 105 and 102.
The words “a military department” are included to preserve the application of the source law. Before enactment of the National Security Act Amendments of 1949 (63 Stat. 578), the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, and the Department of the Air Force were Executive departments. The National Security Act Amendments of 1949 established the Department of Defense as an Executive Department including the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, and the Department of the Air Force, as military departments, not as Executive departments. However, the source law for this section, which was in effect in 1949, remained applicable to the Secretaries of the military departments by virtue of section 12(g) of the National Security Act Amendments of 1949 (63 Stat. 591), which is set out in the reviser’s note for section 301.
Subsection (b) is restated for clarity and conciseness and to eliminate redundancy. In paragraphs (1) and (2), the words “outside the United States” are coextensive with and substituted for “in a Territory or possession of the United States or in a foreign country”.
Standard changes are made to conform with the definitions applicable and the style of this title as outlined in the preface to the report.
Amendments

2008—Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 110–181amended par. (2) generally. Prior to amendment, par. (2) read as follows: “the expense of transporting his dependents, including expenses of packing, crating, draying, and transporting household effects and other personal property to his former home or such other place as is determined by the head of the agency concerned, if death occurred while the employee was performing official duties outside the continental United States or in transit thereto or therefrom; and”.
1998—Subsec. (b)(3). Pub. L. 105–277added par. (3).
1990—Subsec. (b)(1), (2). Pub. L. 101–510, § 1206(d)(1), inserted “continental” after “outside the”.
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 101–510, § 1206(d)(2), added subsec. (e).
Effective Date of 2008 Amendment

Pub. L. 110–181, div. A, title XI, § 1103(b),Jan. 28, 2008, 122 Stat. 346, provided that: “The amendment made by subsection (a) [amending this section] shall apply with respect to deaths occurring on or after the date of the enactment of this Act [Jan. 28, 2008].”
Delegation of Functions

Authority of President under subsec. (b) of this section to prescribe regulations with respect to payment of expenses when an employee dies delegated to Administrator of General Services, see section 1(13) of Ex. Ord. No. 11609, July 22, 1971, 36 F.R. 13747, set out as a note under section 301 of Title 3, The President.
Authority of President under subsec. (e) of this section delegated to Office of Personnel Management by section 6(b) of Ex. Ord. No. 12748, Feb. 1, 1991, 56 F.R. 4521, eff. May 4, 1991, set out as a note under section 5301 of this title.
Travel to United States for Immediate Family of Employees Serving Abroad

Pub. L. 110–161, div. D, title VII, § 701,Dec. 26, 2007, 121 Stat. 2019, provided that: “Hereafter, funds appropriated in this or any other Act may be used to pay travel to the United States for the immediate family of employees serving abroad in cases of death or life threatening illness of said employee.”

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41 CFR Part 300-1 - THE FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATION (FTR)

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