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 tips from the field, websites and information, home is where the hooch is suggestions, upcoming programs and events and follow our book club. Let us know what you think: contribute to the blog or email us at FLOaskUT@state.gov.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Professional Development Fellowships Available from FLO
FLO is now accepting applications for the 2014 Professional Development Fellowship (PDF) program. The PDF program is open to adult spouses and partners of direct-hire U.S. government employees from all agencies serving overseas under Chief of Mission Authority. The PDF program is designed to assist spouses and partners to maintain, enhance, and/or develop their professional skills. SUBJECT TO BUDGETARY CONSIDERATIONS, awards of up to $2,500 will be granted on a reimbursable basis for enrichment activities. Selected applicants must fund a minimum of 25 percent of the allowed reimbursable cost of the
proposed activities while the Fellowship award will cover the additional allowed reimbursable cost up to the $2,500 maximum. Activities can include, but are not limited to, continuing education and distance learning through an accredited university, professional development, and participation in professional conferences. After activities are completed, the selectee will submit the necessary documents to support the reimbursement request and will be reimbursed accordingly. Application deadline is May 15, 2013.
For detailed guidelines and the 2014 PDF application form, go to: www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/c21642.htm.
For questions or more information, email: FLOAskFellowship2014@state.gov.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Ten Top Immediate Reentry Challenges for the employee(taken from MHN's reintegration participant handbook)
1. Boredom- the excitements and challenges of the UT are gone
2. No one wants to hear about your experiences
3. Difficult to explain the UT experience
4. Reverse home sickness
5. Relationships have changed
6. You have changed & people aren't happy about it
7. People misunderstand your words and actions
8. Feelings of alienation
9. Inability to apply new knowledge and skills
10. Compartmentalization and loss of experience
For a copy of the handbook write us at FLOaskUT@state.gov
Want to learn more?
Visit our webpage at http://www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/c14521.htm
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Foreign Service kids of all ages and in all locations are welcome to contribute, share their talents and earn a chance to win a $30 Amazon gift certificate.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Employment opportunity in FLO
Family members returning to the Washington area may be interested in applying for the available full-time Division Chief (Supervisory Family Liaison Specialist—GS-14) position in the Family Liaison Office (FLO).
This position provides supervisory management of FLO personnel and programs, as well as policy guidance, program development and outreach, and liaison on advocacy issues. In addition to supervising staff and prioritizing work, the incumbent in this position also assists the FLO Director with FLO’s advocacy agenda, manages the FLO budget, and performs outreach on behalf of FLO in the Department, with other agencies, and at missions overseas.
This is a two-year limited appointment, with potential to be extended up to a maximum of five years (Excepted Service, Schedule A—not in the Competitive Service). The selected candidate will receive a two-year non-career term appointment with benefits (FERS, TSP, FEGLI, and FEHB). More than one candidate may be selected from the vacancy announcement. This position reports to the Director of FLO.
The application deadline is March 21, 2013.
For details and application instructions, visit FLO’s website at www.state.gov/documents/organization/206069.pdf
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Unaccompanied but not Alone!
Are you aware of all the resources, support and knowledge available to you?
Take a moment to look over FLO's website http://www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/c14521.htm .
A little of what you will find on the site....If you are considering an unaccompanied tour you might want to download The Decision Tree. It will help you decide where to live and tell you about some of the benefits and allowances.
Be sure and fill out a Contact Form. We do not receive a list of employees or family members on an unaccompanied tour so we won't know to send you information unless YOU contact us.
Do you have children? Does your spouse work for Department of State, US AID, Commerce, or Agriculture? You might want to consider nominating them for a Medal of Recognition.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Recently FLO received the following tip:
We are currently waiting for my husband to return from Afghanistan...about 50 more days and his year will be finished.
I saw a friend whose husband is in the military with these "hug a hero" dolls that have a picture of her husband on them, and her twin girls each had one to carry around. I am a mother of three young girls, and this is something that would priceless for the State Dept. to employ. http://www.operationhugahero.org/tag/free-hug-a-hero-dolls/
There is also another military idea of making life-size posters of the service parent to put on the wall in the house...that would be a great thing as well.
Thanks for thinking of adding something like this for UT families. The children really need reminders and something physical they can see and hold.