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, 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…

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.