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OPM Takes Background Check System OfflineCiting potential vulnerabilities and an abundance of caution in the wake of the recent data breach affecting millions of feds, OPM has announced it is taking the e-QIP system, used to complete and submit background investigation forms for DODEA workers and other federal employees, offline temporarily. According to OPM, this has been done proactively until additional security enhancements can be put in place.
You can read OPM's blog announcing the move here.
OPM Data BreachRead FEA's latest information release on the OPM Data Breach, including updated information from OPM on avoiding possible scams.
posted June 19, 2015
Read OPM's answers to frequently asked questions about the data breach by going to this page.
Read the May FEA Journal in PDF format
DODDS SALARY INCREASEfrom the April 21 FEA President's Report
FEA met with representatives of DoDEA and the DOD Wage Setting Authority last week to review and finalize the data used to compute DODDS salary schedules for the current school year. As a result, we are happy to announce that, for the first time since school year 2010-2011, DODDS will implement the new salary schedule as required by law and salaries will be increased.
The specific rate of increase for each lane and step on the salary schedules will vary, but here are the overall average rates of increase (compared to the SY 10-11 schedules everyone has been paid under during the salary freeze) for each position:
Classroom teachers -- 3.0%
Guidance counselors -- 3.2%
School psychologists -- 2.6%
Speech/Language Pathologists -- 3.6%
(please remember: these are overall average rates of increase. The percentage of increase for your specific step and lane of the schedule may be higher or lower.)
The full SY 2014-2015 DODDS salary schedules have now been posted on the FEA Web site.
For more info on the pay raise and an update on FEA's lawsuit over the illegal freezing of DODDS salaries, read the full April 21 FEA President's Report.
ESEA ReauthorizationIMPORTANT: The law (5 U.S. C 7211) give you the right to petition Congress on matters of concern to you (within the limits of the Hatch Act). With that in mind, do not click on, view or disseminate information from the link below, or engage in any activities promoted by the link below, while on government duty/time and/or property, or while using government equipment (computers, copiers, e-mail, etc.). Furthermore, do not send information on this topic to any government e-mail account, such as DoDEA Outlook mail.
Members of the House and Senate are focused on ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) reauthorization. It is the most serious effort to rewrite the law, better known as No Child Left Behind, since it passed in 2002. NEA views this reauthorization of ESEA as an opportunity to set a new vision of shared responsibility for a public education system that promotes opportunity, equity, and excellence for all students.
Learn more, including how you can tell Congress to make sure the new ESEA provides more opportunity for students to learn, by going to this site.
FEA/NEA Annual Meetings in Orlando This SummerLearn about the FEA Annual Membership Meeting and NEA Representative Assembly being held this summer in Orlando. Get info here.
Background ChecksPosted January 30, 2015
This week, FEA and DoDEA management signed off on an MOU governing the implementation of background check investigations for bargaining unit members (that MOU can be found on the FEA Web site at this link). The background checks are a federal mandate being implemented by DoDEA.
Meanwhile, FEA has received numerous concerns about letters members have been sent by area office HR specialists requiring them to complete background checks. Please be aware that these forms and timelines are NOT the ones to which FEA agreed for these mandated background checks. In response to our concerns, the Acting HR Director at DoDEA HQ has given us the following guidance/clarification:
"…regarding teachers getting emails requesting they submit documents related to child care background investigations. Please tell them that we will be providing guidance to all teachers from Headquarters and that they need not complete the requests they are receiving until that guidance comes out."
FEA has worked very hard to lessen the impact of this mandate on our members. Please see the MOU posted on our website for details about what has been agreed to and we will send additional guidance out as soon as we receive it from DoDEA.
Note: the above information applies to DODDS only. FEA's Stateside Region has signed its own MOU with DDESS. That MOU can be read here.
Teaching Channel: Videos that Inspire TeachingThe 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:
- Highlights of skilled teachers teaching a lesson, such as Kick Me: Making Vocabulary Interactive
- Tips and tricks for new teachers, such as Attention Getting Signals: One Spot and Planning Full Days & Practicing Fast Facts
- Featured "Amazing Classrooms," such as Building Community in a Multi-Language Classroom
See the Welcome to Teaching Channel video.
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