Overseas Benefits:

Foreign Service Benefits and Allowances

NSIAD-86-105FS: Published: Apr 25, 1986. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1986.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on benefits and allowances paid to Foreign Service officers working overseas for the Department of State, the Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Information Agency.

GAO identified 65 categories of benefits, allowances, entitlements, and compensations available to Foreign Service employees and provided: (1) a listing and a brief description of each one; (2) legislative histories on the more significant benefits and allowances, such as danger pay, educational allowances, and family travel; (3) cost information; and (4) private-sector practices for compensating Americans working abroad. GAO noted that some of the benefits and allowances are available only to Foreign Service employees while others are generally available to all federal government employees working overseas.

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