DoD Financial Management Regulation Changes

Changes to the DoD Financial Management Regulation (FMR) are published biennially, or as needed by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). Below are changes to the FMR affecting allowances that have been approved, but are still pending publication in the FMR.

TitleDescriptionEffective Date
AB 021-20 – Title 37 References Updates (260702)Updates references to dependent travel authority in 37 U.S.C. §476 to the proper authority contained in the Joint Travel Regulations.1/5/2020
AB 020-20 – OHA Unique Expenses (260601.F and Table 26-18)Clarifies the procedures for establishing and reimbursing OHA Unique Expenses.3/17/2021
AB 019-20 – COLA Unique Expenses (680301.F and Table 68-2)Clarifies the procedures for establishing and reimbursing COLA Unique Expenses.3/22/2021
AB 003-21 – Temporary BAH Increase, Various Locations (Table 26-16)Temporary Increase in Basic Allowance for Housing Rates for Military Housing Areas That Have Experienced Abnormal Rental Cost Increases Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019.10/1/2021
AD 001-22 - Clarify Housing Allowances for Members Without Dependents - Election not to Reside in Government QuartersClarifies that: (1.) members in pay grade E-6 or above must make their election not to reside in Government quarters aboard ship while the ship and/or the member is/are at the homeport or in a maintenance period; (2.) housing must be maintained at the homeport during periods of deployment for housing allowances to continue; and (3.) an approved election from the prior permanent duty station (PDS) may continue if reporting to a deployed vessel with the same homeport as the last PDS/homeport.3/31/2022
AD 002-22 - Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) Entitlement when the Purchase Price is ZeroRemoves contradictory language in Table 26-1, Item #6 that indicates that there is no entitlement to OHA if a residence is inherited or the purchase price of the residence is ‘zero’.4/6/2022
AD 004-22 - Clarify Housing Allowances Without Dependents - Election not to Reside in Government QuartersThis is a companion change to AD 001-22, which clarifies that members in pay grade E-6 or above must make their election not to reside in Government quarters aboard ship while the ship is in homeport or under overhaul. This item adds specific language to address a delay in the ships arrival at the new homeport.8/16/2022
AD 007-22 Clarify Cost-of-Living Allowance outside the Continental U.S. Entitlement for Deferred TravelDoD FMR, Volume 7A, Chapter 68, par. 2.3.1.3, currently indicates deferred (non-concurrent) travel of dependents may be based solely on housing availability, and does not take into account other reasons caused by the Government that may cause dependent travel to be deferred. This memo clarifies that deferred travel of dependents may be based on other reasons than housing availability for OCONUS COLA.12/6/2022
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