716 Expenses

716.1 Travel

716.11 General

The Postal Service pays necessary travel expenses (transportation, lodging, and per diem) in accordance with Handbook F-15, Travel and Relocation, to compensate employees for costs directly related to authorized off-site training and development activities. Employees must use the eTravel system for reimbursement of regular and local travel expense reports. Employees must select Travel for Training as the Purpose of Travel when filling out the eTravel Expense Report.

716.12 Intermediate Travel Home
716.121 General

Employees are authorized an intermediate weekend return trip to their permanent duty station during extended training sessions as follows:


Duration of Training

Number of Trips

3 weeks or less


More than 3 weeks and up to 6 weeks


More than 6 weeks and up to 9 weeks


More Than 9 weeks and up to 12 weeks


A weekend return trip is authorized only to the employee’s permanent duty station. Travel to another location must be authorized in advance by the employee’s manager. Any cost differential in travel between employee’s permanent duty station and alternate approved location is absorbed by the employee.

716.122 Scheduling

Specific weekend travel scheduling information is given to each employee scheduled for a course in excess of 3 weeks.

716.123 Trip Destination

A weekend return trip may be authorized only to the employee’s permanent duty station or to a pre-authorized, approved location.

716.124 Spouse Traveling in Lieu of Employee

Instead of the employee taking an intermediate trip home, the employee’s spouse may travel to the training site, with the Postal Service paying for the spouse’s round-trip fare in accordance with Handbook F-15.

716.2 Facilities

Postal facilities are to be used for postal training when available and adequate. If they are not available, consideration is to be given to using facilities available through other government agencies, including the military service. Based on local availability, training facility managers have the authority to assign students to either (a) lodging owned or leased by the Postal Service or (b) commercial lodging.

716.3 Tuition, Fees, Books, and Supplies

The Postal Service pays approved expenses for tuition, fees, books, and supplies for authorized training (see 740).

716.4 Injury Compensation

Time lost due to injuries that occur during resident postal training is charged to the student’s home office.