What’s the difference between a transfer and a temporary change of station?
A temporary change of station has a time limit on the period you’d be expected to stay at the new location, a transfer doesn’t.

In a temporary change of station, an agency must pay: travel, including per diem, for the employee and immediate family; transportation and temporary storage of household goods; extended storage when it is necessary as approved by the agency; transportation of a mobile home instead of transportation of household goods; a miscellaneous expenses allowance; transportation of a privately owned vehicle(s); property management services; and a relocation income tax allowance. An agency may at its discretion pay house-hunting trip expenses, temporary quarters subsistence expenses, and reimbursement for property management services.

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