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Oct 05

Changes to GYH Flight Allowance

The following changes to GYH(O) and CTF will take effect from 1 Oct 17;

Assignment Country   GYH(O) Flight Allowance 1 Apr 17
  GYH(O) Flight Allowance  1 Oct 17
United States of America (East)   1,585   1,433  
United States of America (West)   1,278   1,444  
United States of America (Hawaii)   1,636   1595  


(All fares shown are return flights)
Flight Journey   1 Apr 17
  1 Oct 17
USA (East) to London   1,585   1,433  
USA (West) to London   1,278   1,444  

Sep 18


Dear All


You may have heard in the news about the Equifax Data Breach.  Please click on the link below for details of what to do if you have concerns about your US Credit details being compromised.


The Equifax Data Breach_ What to Do _ Consumer Information

Sep 06

Virginia Beach Library Needs Volunteers!!

Virginia Beach Library

Sep 06

New Accommodation Policy

Click on the link below for the New Accommodation Policy.  We are currently editing the Housing Guide and it should be available on this website shortly with updated information.



Aug 15


In December 2017, The HOV Lanes will come with a price.

There will be a charge for using the HOV lanes for the standard E-ZPass. 



Individuals with no E-ZPass will be ticketed by the State Police for not being in compliance.

There are 2 types of E-Passes:  Standard E-Zpass & the E-ZPass Flex. (The goal is for everyone to get the E-ZPass Flex if using the HOV lanes)


  1. Referencing the Standard E-ZPass. There will be a charge for its use for having only 1 person in the vehicle. Even if 2 are in the vehicle, the software will only read 1 person because it’s a Standard E-ZPass. Pricing for the standard E-ZPass will be determined in September 2017 by VDOT.




For those with the Standard E-ZPass, this something to be aware of. The following examples apply to explain it better.


**Again the pricing has not been determined**


Below is an example only.


If you enter the HOV lane in Chesapeake with a Standard E-ZPass the HOV sign may read **E-ZPass payment at this entrance is $2.00 as you drive along and get to the area from interstate 264 West to interstate 64 West the HOV sign may read **E-ZPass payment at this entrance is $3.00.  If you started at the $2.00 entrance you will not be charge no more than $2.00. Those entering at the 264 West to interstate 64 West entrance will be charged $3.00. Again they are pushing everyone to get the E-ZPass Flex.


  1. Referencing the E-ZPass Flex: (Recommended Pass) This pass is to be used if there are 2 or more individuals in the vehicles at no charge to those commuters for using the HOV lanes. **The E-ZPass flex must be turned on  to read for 2 or more riders**  Again those using the Flex pass will not be charged no matter where you start.


** Please pass along to everyone to make sure the E-ZPass Flex Pass is turned on or slide it to the 2 position**


This applies to the morning peak hours between 5 and 9AM.  Evening Peak hours of 2 and 6PM.



May 22


Traffic Safety and Virginia law

Posted on May 22, 2017 by Legal

This column focuses on traffic safety and Virginia law, some of which was discussed during the Virginia State Police Traffic Safety/Safe Driving brief at the HQ on 17 May.

There are many misunderstood or unknown traffic laws in Virginia, for example, Virginia law requires drivers to move their vehicle from the lane of traffic as quickly as traffic or other highway conditions permit when an emergency vehicle (with its lights flashing and/or sirens on) is approaching their vehicle.  The Virginia Move-Over law requires a driver to yield the right-of-way (i.e., change lanes) or reduce his/her speed when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle that is displaying flashing/blinking emergency lights on a highway.  At some intersections you may turn right while the traffic light is red (after coming to a complete stop and unless posted otherwise).  In a school zone you must obey the posted speed limit, watch out for children crossing the street and playing.  The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website contains a wealth of information regarding driving and the rules of the road in Virginia to include the Virginia Driver’s Manual.

A common misconception is that individuals present in the United States on an “official visa” (e.g., “A” or “NATO”) enjoy protections, privileges or immunities from the laws of the host nation to include immunity and forgiveness from traffic violations for personnel posted in the United States pursuant to the Agreement between the Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty regarding the Status of their Forces (NATO SOFA) and the Partnership for Peace (PfP) by incorporation, and their dependents, the following provisions of the NATO SOFA are germaine:

It is the duty of a force and its civilian component and the members thereof [NATO and PfP personnel] as well as their dependents to respect the law of the receiving State [Article II].

the authorities of the receiving State [United States] shall have jurisdiction over the members of a force or civilian component and their dependents with respect to offences committed within the territory of the receiving State [United States] and punishable by the law of that State [Paragraph 1b, Article VII]

WHAT TO DO WHEN STOPPED BY POLICE/LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER: The most frequent encounter with the police/law enforcement officer usually results from a suspected traffic violation.  You could also be stopped because the officer may think that you, your passenger, or the vehicle you are driving fits the description of an individual wanted for a crime, or perhaps the officer may think you need assistance.

If a police officer signals you to pull your vehicle over to the side of the roadway (i.e., flashing lights, siren or loudspeaker), you should safely slow the speed of your vehicle and move it from the lane of traffic to a safe place, as quickly as traffic conditions allow.  You should remain in your vehicle unless the officer instructs you to step outside the vehicle; as the officer approaches, keep your hands on the steering wheel or in plain sight (other than to lower your window), try to remain calm and avoid sudden movements, turn on the interior light if it’s dark outside, and await the officer’s instructions (e.g., it is not a good idea to reach over to the glove compartment to retrieve vehicle registration and insurance documents even though you correctly assume those documents will need to be produced –wait until the police officer approaches the vehicle and then follow his/her instructions).

WHAT IS A POLICE/LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER EXPECTED TO DO: The law enforcement office should allow you to drive slowly to a place where it is safe to stop your vehicle.  Please note that unmarked police/law enforcement vehicles are also equipped with emergency/flashing lights and sirens which they will turn on if they intend to pull you over on the highway.

WHAT TO DO IF THE OFFICER ISSUES A TRAFFIC CITATION/TICKET: The officer will present the traffic citation to you, inform you of the violation with which you are being charged, ordinarily explain if the ticket requires a court appearance, and ask you to sign it. Signing the citation is not an admission of guilt –it’s acknowledgment that you received a copy of the citation informing you of the violation/charge, court date, prepayment information (if permitted), etc. Although common in some countries, you should not offer to pay cash for the ticket at the scene unless the officer suggests that is a possibility.  Offering to pay the ticket may be misinterpreted and appear to be a bribe (payoff) to the police officer.

Many traffic offenses are pre-payable (prior to the court date), and do not require a court appearance.  This information will be clearly noted on the ticket (e.g., if this box is checked, you can avoid coming to court by prepaying the ticket or similar language). Prepaying the ticket is an automatic admission of guilt; therefore, if you wish to challenge the ticket, you will be required to go to court on the appointed date, or request a continuance.  Additional information regarding how to prepay a Virginia traffic ticket is available on Virginia’s Judicial System website (http://www.courts.state.va.us/caseinfo/tickets.html).

NEVER IGNORE A TRAFFIC TICKET/VIOLATION whether received in person or through the postal service.

Please note that you can call the Virginia State Police by dialling *77. In the event of an emergency (medical, traffic accident with injuries), always call 911.




Apr 10


SAVE THE DATE — Virginia State Police Traffic Safety/Safe Driving Brief


Virginia State Police will present a Traffic Safety/Safe Driving Brief on

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 1330-1500

(1 hour brief, followed by Q&A)

HQ SACT Auditorium

**Dependents welcome**

Virginia Laws/Rules of the Road/Safe Driving Techniques:

  • Right Turns on Red, Entering Intersections
  • Safe Merging Techniques, Use of Turn Signals/Indicators
  • School Zones (speeds) & School Bus (Un)Loading Requirements
  • Bicyclists and Pedestrians
  • Slow Down/Move Over Laws (emergency vehicles, etc.)
  • HOV Lanes and Use, and much more
  • Seat Belt laws and safety

Most Common Traffic Violations

Speeding and Reckless Driving

Alcohol-Related Infractions (open container law, DUIs)

Accidents (what to do at the scene)

What to do if stopped by law enforcement 

How to be better informed/educational opportunities




Oct 14

Changes to the TV Licencing Law for BBC iPlayer


Please see link below for details……..

You must be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand. This applies to any device and provider you use.

Don’t forget, you still need a TV Licence to watch or record programmes on any channel as they are being shown on TV or live on an online TV service.


Aug 17


Dept of Work & Pensions







Jun 30


Please refer to JSP 752, Chap 9, Section 1-7 before making a claim to check eligibility.
Please note that following agreement with the Single Service Focal Points, any manual claim submitted for personnel in the following circumstances will be returned to Unit HR Staff and will need to be resubmitted once corrective action has been taken:

  1. Where accompanied status on JPA does not reflect either INVOLSEP or Accompanied.
    2.   Incomplete Claim forms.

Main CEA Run: Manual and online claims
Manual Cut-off: 1900 Hrs 5th August 2016 (claims must be with JPAC by this date to ensure payment on 26th August 2016).
Online Cut-off: 1900 Hrs 19th August 2016 for submissions (must also be authorised by Unit Allowance Checker by 1900 Hrs 19th August 2016 for inclusion in this run).

Payment date:  26th August 2016
Final CEA Run: Manual and online claims
Manual Cut-off: 1900 Hrs 16th September 2016 (claims must be with JPAC by this date to ensure payment on 30th September 2016).
Online Cut-off: 1900 26th September 2016 for submissions (must also be authorised by Unit Allowance Checker by 1900 Hrs 26th September 2016 for inclusion in this run).

Payment date:  30th September 2016
The final online window will be closed on 26th September 2016 (1900 hrs) and no claims should be submitted or authorised after this date.

 A reminder to all Unit HR Staff and CEA claimants.
Allowance Checkers/Service Personnel must not directly contact the JPA Process Team with any claim related queries this must be raised through I Support or Service Request.

Users with Self Service access to JPA should use the online claim facility.

  • CEA online claims can only be submitted when the CEA ‘Election Window’ is open.  Manual claims can still be submitted to JPAC HR, Pay and Pensions Process Team but will only be paid on designated CEA pay runs. To ensure payment, claims must be authorised prior to the designated cut off dates on any month.
  • No online claim authorisation should take place between 19:00hrs on 19th August 2016 until 0000hrs on 24th August 2016 for claims that have been submitted prior to the run in August 2016.
  • The online claim window should only be used for autumn 2016 claims, if you need to submit a claim for any previous terms, please submit via the manual process.
  • Payments of CEA can only be made to bank accounts that have been entered as “UK Main Bank Account”.  If Pay method name is JPA BACS, payment cannot be made to the account which will result in the Service Person not being able to make payment to the school. Cheques will not be issued by JPA in this circumstance.
  • Claimants should ensure that when submitting claims that include ‘extras’ that they refer to JSP 752 Ch 9.0117 (c) for additional guidance.
  • When entering the amount of the ‘main claim’, the claimant must deduct any discounts, grants, bursaries or scholarships given by the school, Local Education Authority or other public bodies from the original school fees for each child.  This abated amount is the figure that should be entered as the ‘main claim’ (please note that this is not the ‘total due’ at the bottom of the school invoice, nor does it include incidental expenses such as ‘insurance’ but should only be basic boarding and/or tuition fees). Claimants must submit all supporting documentation to their HR Admin Staff in order to have their claim authorised.
  • For claimants of SENA DU and NSI, the amount charged for SENA tuition must be added to the abated amount of fees when entering the amount of the ‘main claim’.
  • CEA Claimants and Unit HR should be aware that parental contribution is deducted automatically, where appropriate, therefore claimants should not abate the ‘main claim’ in respect of parental contribution during input.
  • CEA claimants and HR Admin Staff are reminded that all claims require the submission of supporting documentation especially receipts, in accordance with Chapter 9 of JSP 752. Without supporting documentation, Unit HR Staff should not authorise CEA claims.

How to Claim:
Applicants with JPA access:

    • Apply online on JPA, ensure that you send your previous term receipt and next terms invoice to the undersigned.

Applicants with no access to JPA:

    • Complete attached form CEA JPA001, sign date and scan it back to the undersigned with your previous terms receipt and next terms invoice.

If you have any questions please contact Sgt NT Kuva, Pay & Allowance Manager at the Embassy in Washington

(1-202 588 6782) or get in touch with us here at the NLR’s Office.


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