Welcome to our unaccompanied tours (UT) blog, Foggy Bottom Rambles! We can share information, programs, and resources quickly with you and since blogs are a two way street, we (and the other readers) can hear from you. What's in a name you say? This blog reflects how we (back here in DC, Foggy Bottom area) provide information (rambles) to you. Find websites and information, upcoming webinars, programs and events. FLO does not endorse organizations or companies linked-to in this blog, the views they express, or the products/services they offer. Let us know what you think: contribute to the blog or email us at FLOAskUT@state.gov.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Family Member Employment: The Global Employment Initiative


The Family Liaison Office’s Global Employment Initiative (GEI) program maintains a worldwide network of job search and career transition professionals who understand the challenges Eligible Family Members (EFMs) and Members of Household (MOHs) face when working overseas and when returning to the United States. The program employs 20 Global Employment Advisors (GEAs) who support all EFMs and MOHs under Chief of Mission Authority at 228 posts in 167 countries. GEAs support family members in their job search by providing resources and guidance and facilitating skills development. For more information, visit the GEI webpage or to contact the GEA covering a specific post, email GEI@state.gov.

Join the GEI LinkedIn group for job search resources, news on employment programs, and tips from GEAs. You can also share career management strategies and learn from others in the Foreign Service community.
 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Check out the article, "The Vocational Education Option: A Student’s Search for Meaning in Today’s Economy", by FLO’s Education and Youth Officer in this month’s Foreign Service Journal. bit.ly/FSJVocationalEdOption
It is part of the June Education Supplement where you will also find a Foreign Service student guide to creating a college list, what to look for in a college search, and more.
Contact FLO’s Education and Youth team at
FLOAskEducation@state.gov with your education-related questions and go to www.state.gov/flo/educationto learn more about our resources and services.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

FLO Global Webinars: EFM Entrepreneurship Series, Part 4


FLO’s Global Employment Initiative (GEI) invites you to watch the webinar, Learn from Those Who’ve Gone Before: Photography & Design, the final in our four-part EFM Entrepreneurship Series.

This series of webinars is designed to help aspiring EFM entrepreneurs learn from EFMs who are successfully self-employed. Join us to learn from this outstanding group of EFM business owners.
When: Tuesday, June 5 at 9:00am ET
 Watch the recordings from previous sessions:
Professional Services: recording coming soon

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Get Your Post Info to Go!
Are you looking for your next post? Do you need more details about life at post? Post  Info To Go from the Overseas Briefing Center (FSI/TC/OBC) offers you a wide array of insights and knowledge from posts worldwide. Don't have access to the State intranet? At the Overseas Briefing Center (OBC), we help U.S. Government employees and their family members prepare for an overseas assignment or a return home. We encourage you to explore our website and email us with questions and requests for additional information.

RESEARCH life at overseas posts
LEARN the logistical requirements of a move
FIND resources to help navigate the foreign affairs lifestyle

           There are also a variety of supplemental resources that have been compiled on our publicly accessible site at Country Information (Bidding Resources):

Allowances at each post (TIP! This information is available in a compiled format in Post Info To Go and you can compare up to three countries side-by-side!)

Travel warnings and consular information sheets

Links to Foreign Service Life Skills Training information

List of Foreign Affairs Offices and organizations 


Don’t know where to start?  Contact the Overseas Briefing Center at FSIOBCInfoCenter@state.gov. to discuss your
your questions and find answers for your next move to post!


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Is Your Senior Searching for the Right College for Next Fall?
Check out this list of colleges and universities still accepting applications: bit.ly/collegeopenings
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has released their annual list of colleges and universities that are still accepting applications from prospective freshmen or transfer students for the fall of 2018....
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The College Openings Update is designed as a tool for counselors, parents and teachers as they assist students who have not yet completed the college…
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Reminder! PDF Applications Due on May 13


Applications for the 2018-2019 Professional Development Fellowship (PDF) program are due on Sunday, May 13. Program details, application instructions, and the application form are on the PDF webpage. Read the instructions BEFORE completing the application.

Like and follow FLO on Facebook for updates. Send questions to FLOAskPDF2018-2019@state.gov with the subject line: PDF Question.

About PDF
The program is open to spouses and partners of direct-hire U.S. government employees from all agencies serving overseas under Chief of Mission authority. The fellowships assist spouses and partners with maintaining, enhancing, and/or developing their professional skills. Activities may include, but are not limited to, education and distance learning through an accredited university, professional development, obtaining or renewing certifications and licensures, and participation in professional conferences. Fellowships from $1,000 up to $2,500 will be offered on a reimbursable basis.
 

Monday, May 7, 2018

FLO Website Feature: College and Beyond


If your child is starting to think about his/her college and university options, check out the Family Liaison Office’s College and Beyond webpage. You will find information on standardized tests, college applications, scholarships, financial aid, and more. Also, visit the College Application Frequently Asked Questions webpage to learn more about what to expect from the application process. Email FLOAskEducation@state.gov with questions. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

2018-2019 PDF Application Period Now Open


The Family Liaison Office is now accepting applications for the Professional Development Fellowship (PDF) program. The program is open to spouses and partners of direct-hire U.S. government employees from all agencies serving overseas under Chief of Mission authority. The fellowships assist spouses and partners with maintaining, enhancing, and/or developing their professional skills. Activities may include, but are not limited to, education and distance learning through an accredited university, professional development, obtaining or renewing certifications and licensures, and participation in professional conferences. Fellowships from $1,000 up to $2,500 will be offered on a reimbursable basis.

The application deadline is May 13, 2018. Program details and the application form are on the PDF webpage. Like and follow FLO on Facebook for updates. Send questions to FLOAskPDF2018-2019@state.gov with the subject line: PDF Question.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Employment Resources for Family Members 


Over the next three weeks, we will provide tips for preparing yourself for future employment opportunities overseas and in the U.S. Whether it is your first overseas post or your last, these tips apply to you. Questions or appointments? Contact a member of FLO's Employment Team at FLOAskEmployment@state.gov.

Part One: Moving to an Overseas Post
Regardless of where you are going, it is very important to have your employment documents with you. Check out this list of important documents. If you are currently working in a Family Member Appointment overseas, download your eOPF documents from HR Online while you still have access. Also, remember your Employee Express login.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Reminder! FLO Global Webinar Tomorrow at 9:00am ET
Those Who’ve Gone Before: Health and Wellness, deptofstatehr.adobeconnect.com/geihealth-wellness
About the Series
Hosted by FLO's Global Employment Initiative Team, the EFM entrepreneurship series is designed to help aspiring EFM entrepreneurs learn from other EFMs who are successfully self-employed.

FLO’s Global Employment Initiative invites you to watch the upcoming webinars in our EFM entrepreneurship series. The series is designed to help aspiring EFM entrepreneurs learn from EFMs who are successfully self-employed.

Links
1. Those Who’ve Gone Before: Health and Wellness, deptofstatehr.adobeconnect.com/geihealth-wellness
2. Qualify in Person: FINDING Your Story,deptofstatehr.adobeconnect.com/geifindingyourstory
3. Qualify in Person: TELLING Your Story ,deptofstatehr.adobeconnect.com/geitellingyourstory

Monday, April 2, 2018

Summer 2018 Distance Language Learning Courses


The Foreign Service Institute’s (FSI) Summer 2018 semester of online distance language learning courses are starting on May 14. Take an instructor-guided online course to learn a new language or improve your skills in a language you already know. Courses are available to suit all levels of language learning, from beginner to advanced. Instructors work with learners to help them meet their individual language training needs and goals.

Foreign and Civil Service Department of State employees with a job-related need for language training and accompanying EFMs/MOHs are eligible to enroll. Enrollment is also open to other federal agency employees and their EFMs on a reimbursable basis. Email OnlineLanguage@state.gov for more information.

Monday, March 26, 2018

FLO Website Feature: Foreign Service Life and Crisis Management


FLO can provide guidance and assistance to employees and families navigating the challenges and opportunities of the Foreign Service lifestyle. Its Foreign Service Life webpage provides information on a variety of topics including eldercare, adding a family member to your orders, members of household, foreign-born spouses, long-distance relationships, and more.

The Crisis Management Services webpage also has useful information about personal preparedness (is your Go Bag ready?) and post evacuations. Email FLOAskSupportServices@state.gov with questions.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Family Liaison Office Turns 40


On March 1, 1978, FLO became an office within the Department of State to support Foreign Service employees and family members living a mobile lifestyle. Learn more about the history of FLO on our 40th Anniversary webpage. Join us throughout the year as we celebrate “40 Years of Making a World of Difference." 


Left: FLO Director Susan Frost, Family Member Employment Coordinator Chris Baumgarten, and CLO Program Specialist Michelle Ross took a break from CLO training in Kuala Lumpur to celebrate with a group of amazing CLOs from around the world. / Right: FLO staff in Washington, DC wish FLO a Happy Birthday!å