ADS Reference 477maa

Speeches Shim

A Guide to Authorizing Separate Maintenance Allowance (SMA)

Mandatory Reference for ADS Chapter 477

New Reference: 10/27/2011
Responsible Office: OHR/PPIM
File Name: 477maa_102711


The purpose of this guidance is to provide an update to USAID’s policy and procedures for applying and authorizing Separate Maintenance Allowance (SMA). SMA is one of several cost-of-living allowances under 5 U.S.C. 5924 that may be granted to USAID Foreign Service employees who are assigned to a post in a foreign area. SMA is intended to help employees offset the additional expenses of maintaining members of family elsewhere than at the employee’s foreign post of assignment.