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UPDATE ON TRANSFER ROUND, VSIP/VERA

January 29, 2016
See the January 31 2016 FEA President's Report for updates on the transfer round and information on VSIP/VERA, among other topics.


View complete information from FEA about the DODDS transfer program at this page.

Special Notice Regarding Transfer Assignments To Turkey

The following information was released by DoDEA on January 21, 2016.
Dear Educators,

Please consider the important information below when applying for a transfer program reassignment.

Incirlik, Turkey

At this time dependents are not authorized to travel to Incirlik, Turkey with their sponsor. In addition, educators assigned to Turkey are restricted from off base activities. We do not know when these restrictions will be lifted. Please consider these factors when selecting Turkey as a geographical location preference on your transfer program application.

If you have already selected Incirlik, Turkey as a location preference you can make changes to your application until 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 22. If you do not make changes, there is no need to worry, educators will be contacted before a final placement is made to ensure their continued interest and knowledge of these restrictions. A declination for an offer in Incirlik, Turkey will not compromise the status of anyone in the Transfer Program.

This information would have been released sooner, however, we did not know that these restrictions would continue and impact the transfer program.

Thanks,

Patti Ross
Transfer Program Manager

#December 2015 FEA Journal
December FEA Journal Now Online

Candidate profiles and election information for the at-large officer races, FEA's 60th anniversary, and letter writing campaign begun in reaction to continued pay problems.
Read the December FEA Journal in PDF format




FEA ELECTION INFORMATION

This school year, FEA members will elect four of their peers to serve as at-large officers on the FEA Board of Directors. Ballots were mailed to all FEA Active Members on January 15, 2016 and must be received by FEA no later than March 23, 2016, to be counted. Learn more about the nomination and election process by visiting the FEA Election Information Page.

See the list of candidates for at-large office by clicking here.


CALL ATTENTION TO PAY PROBLEMS

IMPORTANT -- Do not download or forward this information while on government time or while using government equipment. Also, do not forward this information to any government email account, such as DoDEA Outlook mail.
Under guidance from the FEA Board of Directors, FEA Europe General Counsel/UniServ Bill Freeman has developed a letter writing campaign, aimed at bringing the numerous pay and collection issues DoDEA employees face to the attention of Congress and Pentagon leaders. Please use the link below to access information from Bill Freeman and share your stories/concerns with the decision makers suggested by Bill. Please avoid doing so, however, while on government property, while using government owned computer equipment, or while on government time.

Click here to learn more about writing decision makers in an effort to raise awareness of pay problems



OPM Launches Cybersecurity Verification Center

December 2, 2015

The Office of Personnel Management has created a verification center to help individuals who have had their personal information stolen in the recent data breaches against the federal government, or who are not yet sure whether they are victims.

According to information from OPM, this verification center will help those who believe their data may have been taken but have not received a notification letter from the government. The center will also assist individuals who have received a letter letting them know they were impacted by the background investigation records intrusion, but who have lost the PIN code that allows them to sign up for the free services that the Federal Government is providing.

The notification process is still underway. OPM is sending out about 800,000 notification letters each day and says they are on schedule to finish the mailing in the next two weeks. If you do not receive a letter by the middle of December, either the government could not identify a valid address for you after using both government and commercial data sources, or OPM's records indicated that your Social Security Number was not compromised in the intrusion.

Anyone who has not received a letter by the middle of December and who believes his or her data may have been taken is urged to reach out to the verification center so OPM can confirm your correct address and send you a letter. According to OPM, once you submit your information, you should receive a response in about two-to-four weeks.

You can access the online verification center through a link at OPM's cybersecurity resource center -- www.opm.gov/cybersecurity. Or, you may call 866-408-4555 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., Eastern Time, to speak to an agent.



Publicize Your Read Across America Events

FEA has posted a sample news release locals can use to publicize their Read Across America events this spring.
Download the release here in Word format.


Teaching Channel: Videos that Inspire Teaching

The Teaching Channel website offers a growing library of short videos to inspire K-12 teaching. These video lessons - in English language arts, math, science, and history/social sciences - include lesson objectives, questions to consider, homework ideas, and more.

Free registration provides access to:

See the Welcome to Teaching Channel video.

Updates for our Members

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