mLINQS Moves To Ensure All Federal Relocation Customers Comply With New FTR Rules Before August Deadline

Apr 4, 2011 | Archives, News

FAIRFAX, VA – (April 4, 2011) – mLINQS, LLC today announced that its moveLINQ relocation expense management system will meet all of the criteria contained in the new Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) relocation changes published on Friday, April 1.

The General Services Administration (GSA) has written detailed rule changes to the FTR which require new relocation management capabilities from agencies. mLINQS is preparing materials that will help federal agencies to better understand the scope of the FTR changes and to assist them with meeting the compliance deadline on August 1, 2011. Agencies will receive the guidance this week.

“These new rule changes, which we at mLINQS fully support, have been evolving for seven years,” said Greg McIntyre, mLINQS president. “During that time, we’ve been active participants in the process. That includes meeting with GSA and presenting to the Governmentwide Relocation Advisory Board (GRAB), the group that worked closely with GSA on changes to the existing FTR. We have done a full analysis of the FTR changes, and our moveLINQ system will be fully compliant well in advance of the August deadline.”

Although there are similarities from program to program, each federal agency traditionally tailors its employee relocation process to meet its individual needs. Three of the relocation rule changes may have a major impact on an agency’s existing program depending upon how much preparation for the new FTR has been made to date. These include:

  • Agencies must have an automated relocation management system
  • Agencies must report relocation expenditures to GSA on annual basis
  • Significant entitlement changes such as changing househunting trip per diem, limiting the time for relocation claims to one versus two years, and reduction of household goods temporary storage are detailed in the regulation

moveLINQ was the first, and remains the only fully functional relocation expense management system designed solely for federal agencies. The system was developed in-house by mLINQS staff, and was originally released for general availability in 2004. moveLINQ is currently used to support relocation for more than 30 federal agencies, including programs managed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Treasury Bureau of Public Debt. In addition to the system, mLINQS also has an experienced relocation consulting and training team available to further assist agencies to fully comply with the new FTR.