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.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Employment Opportunity in FLO: Employment Program Specialist

Family members returning to the Washington, DC area, may be interested in applying for the Employment Program Specialist position in the Family Liaison Office. The incumbent of this position is responsible for supporting a wide variety of family member employment programs and initiatives related to inside and outside-the-mission employment overseas, professional development opportunities, and returning to Washington.

The application deadline for this position is 11:59 p.m. ET, April 8, 2016. Visit FLO’s website for details and application instructions.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Reminder! Zika Resources on FLO’s Website

FLO continues to work with the Department of State’s Office of Medical Services (MED) to provide the most up-to-date information on the  Zika Resources webpage. Visit the site often for updated frequently asked questions from MED, notices from the Department of State, and helpful resources and tips from the          Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Monday, March 21, 2016

Humor is an essential part of life.  It helps keep us healthy and positive, and helps us handle life’s setbacks.  Come and relax while learning about the physical and emotional benefits to humor, and explore ways to cultivate humor in everyday life!  Take the laughter test and see if humor is an integral part of your life, or you need to learn to laugh more.

The Family Liaison Office in partnership
with MHN (a Health Net company)
presents an interactive webinar
Humor for the Health of It
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 9:00-10:00 A.M. ET

To participate in the webinar via Adobe Connect, log in at:
Department of State Webinar, enter as a GUEST, type your first name and your current or future post.
MHN has provided FLO a participant workbook which will be referred to in the session. Please request a copy before the session, and direct all inquiries to FLOAskUT@state.gov.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

FSI Announces: Employment Tools for Foreign Service Life (MQ704)
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course is a career planning workshop offered specifically for eligible family members (EFMs) navigating a transient lifestyle and career path.  Career coaches will provide relevant information for utilizing the foreign affairs experience in forming a comprehensive employment plan. 

Participants will gain important knowledge about the job search process including networking, preparing resumes, developing effective interviewing skills, and maximizing social media.

Who May Attend:
Open to adult eligible family members (EFMs) of all Foreign Affairs agencies.

Where and When:
At the Foreign Service Institute, George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center, Arlington, VA on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 9:00 am- 4:00 pm in room C3116.

How to Register:
State Department EFMs register through the employee’s CDO/Training Officer or by following the “Apply Now” link here: http://reg.fsi.state.sbu/CourseCatalog.aspx?EventId=MQ704 other USG EFMs must submit a SF-182.


For questions about this seminar please contact coordinators at FSITCTraining@state.gov.

For more information about other Transition Center programs and training classes for personnel, family members and members of household, see our website at http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/

Monday, March 14, 2016

FSI Youth Program 2016:
Part-time Opportunities for FS Youth

For families in the DC area this summer, the Transition Center (TC) at the Foreign Service Institute is seeking Foreign Service high school seniors or college students with recent overseas experience for temporary, paid part-time teacher’s aide positions for its summer youth program. Aides will assist in the Young Diplomats Day and Youth Security Overseas Seminar. Together the courses make up a two-day diplomatic training program for Foreign Service kids.

Program Dates: June 20-21, July 11-12, July 18-19, July 25-26, August 1-2, and August 8-9. Preference will be given to applicants who can work on all dates of the program.

For details and to apply, email Fauve Johnson at JohnsonFN@state.gov.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, April 10, 2016.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Tough Under Pressure? Join the FLO Team!

Attention family members returning to Washington, DC, FLO 

has an opening for a full-time Crisis Management Officer 

(GS-12). Help design and run programs for employees and

their family members facing evacuations from post,

 separation from family members, and other issues. 

The application deadline for this position is 11:59 p.m. ET, Friday, March 18, 2016

For details and application instructions, please visit FLO’s website.

Friday, March 4, 2016

The Family Liaison Office in partnership

with MHN (formerly Managed Health Network)

presents an interactive workshop  

“Humor for the Health of It” 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

9:00 -10:00 A.M. ET 

The March 23 webinar will discuss how humor is an essential part of life, keeps us healthy and resilient, and helps us handle life’s setbacks. The one-hour, interactive webinar will describe the emotional and physical benefits of humor, as well as, explore ways to cultivate humor in everyday life and the workplace. Included is a Laughter Test to find out if humor is an integral part of your life.   

Remote participation:

This webinar is available virtually. Virtual participants will need a computer with a high-speed internet connection and computer speakers. The “chat” function will allow virtual participants to post questions during the presentation. There is a workbook to use during the webinar. Please contact FLOAskUT@state.gov to request a digital copy. 

Who may participate?

This program is open to all U.S. government employees, their family members, and Members of Household.   

How to participate:

Virtual participants will log on to https://deptofstatehr.adobeconnect.com/humor/  Enter as a guest; type your name and your current or future post.   

If you have questions: Please contact FLO's Unaccompanied Tours Support Team at 202-647-1076 or 1-800-440-0397 or email FLOAskUT@state.gov

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

FLO Website Feature: 
New Family Member Employment Resources

 FLO’s Employment team invites you to check out the new family member employment online resources. Email FLOAskEmployment@state.gov with any employment-related questions.