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What is the USAID Voluntary Separate Maintenance Allowance (VSMA)?
If you are posted overseas, but your family stays at home, you may be entitled to a Separate Maintenance Allowance (SMA).
"Separate maintenance allowance"(SMA) is an allowance to assist an employee to meet the additional expenses of maintaining members of family elsewhere than at the employee's foreign post of assignment. According to article 260, SEPARATE MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE, Department of State Standardized Regulations (DSSR), three forms of SMA are available: