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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Looking for work?

Family Member Employment Events in July

The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) and the Family Liaison Office (FLO) have organized two special events in July for Foreign Service family members interested in private sector employment overseas.

The first event is a session of Employment Tools for Foreign Service Life (MQ 704) on July 10. This class will review resume writing, interviewing skills, networking, and maximizing an online profile.

Then, on July 12, family members can meet with private sector, multi-national and NGO employers who hire overseas. The Meet-Up with International Employers will be from 1-4 p.m.
Both events will be held at FSI in Arlington, VA.

To register for July 10 course, MQ704: Follow registration instructions at http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/fslstraining/c48159.htm.

To register for July 12 Meet-Up Event: Send your name, best summer contact email, and sponsoring employee name and agency to FLOAskEmployment@state.gov with “Meet Up Event” in the subject line.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Washington bound?

Heading back to Washington? 

                                     Mark Your Calendars for the FSYF Welcome-Back Picnic

On Sunday, September 15 at Nottaway Park, Vienna, Va. (4 p.m.) the Foreign Service Youth Foundation (FSYF) is holding a picnic honoring Foreign Service families who are returning from overseas. It’s a great chance to make new friends, connect with old friends, and, and welcome home your colleagues.

All U.S. FS families are welcome. RSVP to fsyf@fsyf.org by September 9.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Tune in.....

DS on CNN’s The Situation Room Tonight

CNN and CBS film crews visited the DS Interim Training Facility at Summit Point on Thursday, June 6, to do a story on our Foreign Affairs Counter Threat (FACT) Training. The CNN story is currently scheduled to air on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer tonight, June 7, between 5 and 7 p.m. EDT. However, due to breaking news around the world, this schedule may change.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

In the Department

Informational Interviews:A Powerful Networking Tool Workshop


Bill Norris, Senior Career Counselor
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Noon to 1 p.m.
HST, Room 1205


*   Discover the power of Informational Interviews
*   Prepare and conduct Informational Interviews
*   Develop strategies for presenting yourself professionally
*   Hone this skill to use throughout your career life

This workshop is open to all employees of the Department of State, Interns, Fellows and Eligible Family Members. Contractors are welcome to attend on a space-available basis on their own time. Reservations are not required.
Sign language interpreter available upon request.

The Career Development Resource Center (CDRC) is located in Columbia Plaza (SA-1) in room L-321. Civil Service employees, Foreign Service employees, fellows and Eligible Family Members of the U.S. Department of State may call 202-663-3042 to schedule an appointment with a Senior Career Counselor to discuss individual career development needs including resume review, Individual Development Plans, long-term career planning and goals, accomplishment statements, and networking. All Department of State employees may visit the CDRC to pick up handouts or borrow career development resources from the library.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

In the Department

New Child and Family Program 

The Department’s Office of Medical Services (MED) has established the Child and Family Program (CFP) to support employees whose children require mental health treatment and/or special educational consideration overseas. The CFP is assuming responsibility for services for children previously provided by MED’s Employee Consultation Services (ECS) section and is responsible for certifying eligibility for the Special Needs Educational Allowances (SNEA). Some services provided by CFP for employees overseas may require the family be enrolled in ICASS and have access to the Department Medical Program.
Located in Washington, D.C., within MED/Mental Health Services, CFP is made up of a multidisciplinary team including child psychologists, social workers and a child psychiatrist. CFP will work with parents to ensure children's mental health and special educational needs are identified, appropriately assessed and an effective treatment and educational plan established and appropriate medical clearance obtained in advance of and during overseas assignments. CFP will assist overseas families with arranging testing and evaluations for children with learning or behavioral problems. CFP is the point of contact for families to request the processing of SNEA and also to renew authorization of funding. Contact the CFP through the Office of Medical Services: Columbia Plaza, SA-1, Room H-246; Phone — (202) 663-1903; Fax — (202 663-1454); and email — MED-CFP@state.gov.

Monday, June 3, 2013

About Town.....

             State Department Federal Credit Union
                         SDFCU free seminar tomorrow evening

                          Topic: Getting the Most of Your TSP

                          Location: The Oakwood in Falls Church

                        Spouses and/or employees are welcome!

Location: Oakwood Falls Church, in the State Room off the main lobby
Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Time: 5:30 P.M. – 6:30P P.M. EDT
Pizza and sodas will be provided beginning at 5:15 P.M.
Walk-in attendance is welcomed, but if you would like to register in advance, you can email seminarquestions@sdfcu.org