[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 124, 111th Congress, 2nd Session]
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Public Law 111-178
111th Congress

An Act


 
To amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for the transportation
and moving expenses for the immediate family of certain Federal
employees who die in the performance of their duties. <>

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <>
SECTION 1. <> SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Special Agent Samuel Hicks Families
of Fallen Heroes Act''.
SEC. 2. TRANSPORTATION AND MOVING EXPENSES FOR IMMEDIATE FAMILY OF
CERTAIN DECEASED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES.

(a) In General.--Subchapter II of chapter 57 of title 5, United
States Code, is amended by inserting after section 5724c the following:
``Sec. 5724d. Transportation and moving expenses for immediate
family of certain deceased Federal employees

``(a) In General.-- <> Under
regulations prescribed by the President, the head of the agency
concerned (or a designee) may determine that a covered employee died as
a result of personal injury sustained while in the performance of the
employee's duty and authorize or approve the payment by the agency, from
Government funds, of--
``(1) any qualified expense of the immediate family of the
covered employee attributable to a change in their place of
residence, if the place where the immediate family will reside
following the death of the employee is--
``(A) different from the place where the immediate
family resided at the time of the employee's death; and
``(B) within the United States; and
``(2) any expense of preparing and transporting the remains
of the deceased to--
``(A) the place where the immediate family will
reside following the death of the employee; or
``(B) such other place appropriate for interment as
is determined by the agency head (or designee).

``(b) No Duplicate Payment of Expenses.--No expenses may be paid
under this section if those expenses are paid from Government funds
under section 5742 or any other authority.
``(c) Definitions.--For purposes of this section--
``(1) the term `covered employee' means--
``(A) a law enforcement officer, as defined in
section 5541;

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``(B) any employee in or under the Federal Bureau of
Investigation who is not described in subparagraph (A);
and
``(C) a customs and border protection officer, as
defined in section 8331(31); and
``(2) the term `qualified expense', as used with respect to
an immediate family changing its place of residence, means the
transportation expenses of the immediate family, the expenses of
moving (including transporting, packing, crating, temporarily
storing, draying, and unpacking) the household goods and
personal effects of such immediate family, not in excess of
18,000 pounds net weight, and, when authorized or approved by
the agency head (or designee), the transportation of 1 privately
owned motor vehicle.''.

(b) <> No Relevance as to Compensation
Claims.--No determination made under section 5724d of title 5, United
States Code, shall be deemed relevant to or be considered in connection
with any claim for compensation under chapter 81 of that title or under
any other law under which compensation may be provided on account of
death or personal injury, nor shall any determination made with respect
to any such claim be deemed relevant to or be considered in connection
with any request for payment of expenses under such section 5724d.

(c) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections for chapter 57 of
title 5, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item
relating to section 5724c the following:

``Sec. 5724d. Transportation and moving expenses for immediate family of
certain deceased Federal employees.''.

Approved June 9, 2010.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 2711:
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HOUSE REPORTS: No. 111-274 (Comm. on Oversight and Government Reform).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD:
Vol. 155 (2009):
Dec. 8, considered and passed House.
Vol. 156 (2010):
May 14, considered and passed
Senate, amended.
May 25, House concurred in Senate
amendments.