SEVERAL FEDERAL AGENCIES recently signed contracts with companies that will help transferred federal employes relocate to new areas of the country. The contracts are the first to be awarded since legislation allowing them was passed in November 1983.
The Federal Employes Moving Cost Act was sponsored by Virginia Republicans Sen. John Warner and Rep. Frank R. Wolf. The sponsors say it is intended to bring relocation benefits for federal employes in line with those provided by the private sector. It has generated excitement in the still-new relocation industry.
Relocation businesses, most of which have started in the last 10 years, help transferred employes sell their old homes and buy new ones. The industry also provides a myriad of other services, such as counseling for uprooted families, rental property management and mortgage searches.
Industry insiders say the federal contracts could increase the multimillion dollar industry by one-third. Since the law was passed, relocation businesses have been providing seminars on how to peddle their services to federal agencies.
The Justice Department has awarded one-year contracts to Homequity Inc. of Wilton, Conn., that will involve between 750 and 800 transfers in the coming year, Homequity spokesman Robert E. Lewis said last week. At the same time, Coldwell Banker Relocation Management Service Inc. announced it has received a contract to provide relocation services to employes of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
PERSONNEL FILE . . . The Washington Board of Realtors has elected Richard R. Harps its president for 1984-85. Harps, vice president of Harps and Harps Inc., succeeds G. Thomas Borger. Also elected officers for the coming year were: Peter Rucci, of Shannon & Luchs, president-elect; F. Joseph Moravec, of Leggat, McCall and Werner, vice president; and Donald Boucher, of C. Robert Boucher and Associates, treasurer . . . Fred B. Hetzel, president of Fred Hetzel and Associates of Leesburg, has been elected the 1985 president of the Virginia Association of Realtors . . . Among those elected directors of the National Association of Realtors at the organization's recent convention in Honolulu were G. Thomas Borger of Washington, Richard C. Purvis of Alexandria, and Robert L. Gruen of Silver Spring . . . Heading the Suburban Maryland Building Industry Association in 1985 will be Stanley S. Halle of Stanley Halle Communities. Also elected officers of the group were: Jay Alfandre, of Aldre Inc., first vice president; Ray La Placa, of Carrollton Enterprises, second vice president; Howard Orebaugh, of United Savings Bank, third vice president; John Knott Jr., of Knott Ltd., treasurer, and Glenn Harrell Jr., of O'Malley, Miles, McCarthy, Harrell and Levin, secretary . . . And the Alexandria Building Industry Assocation has named Harold O. Chapman, of Automatic Equipment Sales, its new president. Other new officers are: Roger Machanic, first vice president; Neil T. Hitchcock, second vice president; and Thomas A. Downey, secretary-treasurer . . . David L. Smith, formerly of the National Corp. for Housing Partnerships, has joined Centennial Development Corp. as executive vice president and chief operating officer . . . Anthony J. Byrne, mid-Atlantic regional manager for Chicago Title Insurance, has been elected senior vice president . . . Kenneth H. Michael has been appointed to the Maryland Economic Development Corp.'s board of directors . . . Barry A. Lewis has been named vice president of Sunrise Realty Investment, Inc. . . . Linda Goldstein has been appointed director of marketing and advertising for Merrill Lynch Realty here . . . Pat Ryan has joined the Enterprise Development Co. as property accountant . . . KMS Group Inc. has named J. Richard O'Connell vice president and general counsel . . . Dixie A. MacMurray has joined Hallock Inc. as vice president.