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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.

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

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Did you know? 
FLO assists with naturalization cases for foreign-born spouses of Department of State Foreign Service employees. Learn more at www.state.gov/flo/naturalization. Email questions to FLOA

Monday, February 26, 2018

For those who are transitioning back to DC and have children who may be attending Fairfax Public Schools, the first grade Immersion registration deadline is March 1 at 4:00 p.m. Fairfax County Public Schools 🤸‍♂️🤸‍♀️

Thursday, February 22, 2018

EPAP News: 2018 Spring/Summer Lists of Positions Are Online

The lists of the 2018 Spring/Summer positions for the Expanded Professional Associates Program (EPAP) are now on FLO’s website (www.state.gov/flo/epap on the “How to Apply” page). Email FLOAskEPAP@state.gov with questions.

  • Medical positions for all bureaus outside of NEA and SCA will be added soon.
  • Position lists are subject to change; check back often for updates.
  • More positions than are available are advertised to give maximum flexibility to applicants and bureaus.
  • The USAJOBS.gov vacancy announcement is coming soon.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Expanded Professional Associates Program (EPAP) provides eligible spouses with        employment opportunities in key positions at missions abroad. EPAP is distinguished from other family member employment opportunities in that it has portfolios similar to Foreign Service entry-level positions. Additionally, EPAP positions are centrally funded by the Department of State and are administered by the appropriate Washington regional or functional bureau.

The regional bureaus have been authorized a total of 400 EPAP positions, and the Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM) has been authorized 50. In addition to these 450 positions, individual posts have the option of creating post-funded ICASS positions with prior approval from their bureau. EPAP positions include the following specialties: Construction Engineer, Economics, Facilities Management, Financial Management, General Services, Human Resources, Information Management, Medical, Management, Office Management, Political, and Public Diplomacy.

For more information and eligibility requirements, please click here:

Monday, February 12, 2018

Functional Training for Foreign Service Family Members (US-based)
The Department of State is authorized to provide functional training to family members of U.S. Government direct-hire personnel anticipating an overseas assignment (section 704 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980). Functional training for anticipated prospective employment is offered to family members on a space available basis. To be eligible for most functional training, a family member must be a U.S. citizen whose spouse has been paneled for an overseas assignment. Email FLOAskTraining@state.gov for more information.

Monday, February 5, 2018

FLO Global Webinar on February 7

FLO’s Global Employment Initiative (GEI) invites you to watch the webinar, Qualify on Paper: How to Demonstrate Your Qualifications on a Federal Resume.

Whether applying for a job at post or through USAJOBS.gov for a Civil Service or Expanded Professional Associates Program (EPAP) position, this webinar will help family members create resumes that best match their qualifications to a vacancy announcement.

When: Wednesday, February 7 at 9:00am ET.

RSVP by email to GEI@state.gov with your name, current post/country and we will email you the link.

Applying for a Federal Job: Demonstrating Qualifications on Paper

Part One: What is the difference between a federal resume and a private sector resume?
  • A private sector resume provides a brief overview of your qualifications for a position (e.g., education, experience, etc.) whereas a federal resume must explicitly demonstrate that you meet or exceed ALL of the required qualifications for a position.
  • A private sector resume is typically no more than two pages in length, whereas a federal resume is much longer as it must include your entire work history and requires specific details on each position held.
  • Both private sector resumes and federal resumes should target the specific position for which you are applying.
  • Resources

2018 KidVid Contest

Hosted by the Overseas Briefing Center (OBC) at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) and the Foreign Service Youth Foundation (FSYF), the 23rd annual worldwide KidVid Contest is now open. Children between the ages of 10-18 can submit videos that depict life for Foreign Service youth at their post. Winners will be awarded cash prizes.

View the Prezi tutorial for tips and an interview from a previous winner, and review the full contest rules online. Email questions to FSIOBCInfoCenter@state.gov. The deadline is April 16, 2018.

FSI Webinars: Tax Seminar Series

Open to employees and family members from all Foreign Affairs agencies, this series will cover common tax challenges for U.S. government employees living overseas. The two-part series is presented by a Foreign Affairs family member who is a CPA, CFP, and a Managing Member of a CPA firm specializing in expatriate tax and financial planning.
  • Part One, February 14, 7:00am—8:15am and 1:00pm—2:15pm: A variety of tax topics including domicile vs. residence, foreign earned income, and state tax issues
  • Part Two, Thursday, February 15, 7:00am—8:15am and 1:00pm - 2:15pm: Rental property tax complexities and more

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

FSI Webinar: Teaching and Working in Education Overseas 

Hosted by the Transition Center at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), this webinar will provide an overview of teaching opportunities overseas, how to navigate the international hiring system, and relevant licensing requirements. 
  • When: Wednesday, March 14 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. EST and 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. EST
  • Who: Open to Foreign Affairs agency employees and adult Eligible Family Members (EFMs)
  • How to Register: Department of State EFMs register through the employee’s CDO/Training Officer or on FSI’s intranet site (Course MQ709). EFMs from other agencies must submit an SF-182 to FSIRegistrar@state.gov.
  • Questions: Email FSITCTraining@state.gov.