May 6 2013 FEA Pacific Update

MAY 6, 2013

Debra Degalis, FEA Pacific Area Director

  • Area Director Update
  • FEA Pacific Spring Training and Visitors
  • BAS and Substitute Coverage -- ATTACH MOU
  • Excess Teacher Placement
  • RAT Reimbursement
  • Administrator Surveys
  • FEA Elections
  • Congratulations
  • Why Join FEA?
  • Do You Know your Negotiated Agreement? -Article 22
  • Legal Eagle Corner
  • Mark Your Calendars
  • Other Tidbits

Area Director Update: First, please allow me to express my admiration for you as we enter Teacher Appreciation Week. It is already May and we find ourselves in the fourth quarter of the school year. There is much to do to ensure that our students are prepared for the next grade or post high school adventures. It has been a rocky second semester thus far. I think our members excel at handling change effectively and graciously. It seems that the end of the school year brings with it bit more anxiety and stress than normal. Please take time for yourself and reach out to your colleagues and take care of each other. Don't forget to encourage new probationary teachers who carry additional stress. I will depart for FEA Pacific Training on Thursday. Access to my OWA will be limited so forgive me in advance for delayed responses. If you have a need to contact me, please email me at this email.

FEA Pacific Spring Training, Visitors and PAL Council and School Visits: It is time to meet and train our newly elected leaders for SY 2013-2014. Michael Bauernfeind, FEA Pacific General Counsel/UniSERV will join me for the training and our PAL Council meeting. Michael Priser, FEA President, will be making his last visit as President to the Pacific. HT Nguyen, FEA Executive Director/General Counsel, will also be visiting with us in Okinawa and mainland Japan. Brian Chance, NEA Director for FEA, will join the NEATA training and visit schools in the Yokota and Yokosuka complex with me. If you get a chance, please come by and see us.

10 May TEAK FRS Training Yongsan
11 May TEAK Board Meeting Yongsan
14 May AEAO Retirement Banquet
15 May AEAO FRS Training
17 May NEATA FRS Training New Sanno, Tokyo
18 May NEATA Board Meeting New Sanno, Tokyo
18-21 May PAL Council Hardy Barracks, Tokyo
22 May Yokosuka School Visits
23 May Yokosuka School Visits
24 May Yokota School Visits

BAS and Substitute Coverage: DoDEA recently released to the Areas resources for substitute coverage to implement the MOU regarding Benchmark Assessment. I have contacted the Area Office and shared the MOU reached at the national level. Teachers should request the days and substitutes required to administer the BAS. If you have any difficulty please notify your FRS.

Excess Teacher Placement: Today's FEA update on the excess program was sent to each FRS for distribution to members. This has been a frustrating program for our teachers. Hopefully DoDEA HQ will distribute all notices this week.

RAT Reimbursement: A number of members have notified us that outstanding RAT reimbursement claims are being paid. Many thanks to HT Nguyen and the Washington staff for continuing the battle on our behalf.

Administrator Surveys: Thank you for participating in the administrator survey at your school. Once the three districts send me the results, I will share with the Pacific Area Office.

FEA Officers at Large and Pacific Elections: The new at-large officers results were announced last week and the three districts have held their elections. Congratulations to all!

Congratulations: Congratulations to Marilyn Lea Hawks, a 3rd grade teacher at Bechtel Elementary School in Okinawa, Japan; John Murphy, a 7th grade teacher at Yokosuka Middle School in Yokosuka, Japan. They were recently selected as state-level finalists in The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching--an honor awarded to the most distinguished mathematics and science teachers in the United States.

Why Join FEA?: This week we received this message from member, Pattie Bailey-Hausmann to our stellar Stephanie Trotter, FEA Pacific Assistant UniSERV. Pattie gave me permission to share with you. She received a DFAS debt notice and felt that she had to pay it immediately. Her FRS told her to contact Ms. Trotter. The debt is being reviewed for accuracy. After looking at her pay record it was found that Pattie was being underpaid for Post Allowance. The FEA team effort really works. FRS Mike Atkinson has not been sleeping during FRS training. Thanks Mike for making the correct referral.


Yes it has been resolved. Thank you.

It ended up that the government owed me more than they thought I owed them. If my FRS Mike Atkinson had not sent me a notice not to automatically pay the debt notice, I would have paid it and then missed out on the allowance for my dependent for who knows how long.

Once again, the Union provided needed information to its members. I recovered my yearly Union dues and more.


Do You Know your Negotiated Agreement? Article 22 covers excused absences. Section 1 is pertinent for this time of year as we prepare for PCS moves.

Section 1.

The Employer shall excuse a unit employee from duty without loss of pay and without charge to leave when such actions require the presence of the unit employee and cannot be accomplished outside the duty day for:

A. Packing, unpacking, and customs, or administratively required clearance of household goods and POV prior to shipment or upon receipt of shipment and when the unit employee is required to be present. When both husband and wife are employed by DoDDS, either may be excused. When the unit employee is a dependent of a military or civilian employed outside of DoDDS and has chosen to complete the school year after the spouse has been reassigned, the unit employee may be granted excused absence under this provision.

B. Movement to new quarters when such movement is officially directed by a U.S. Government agency based on the unit employee's DoDDS employment.

C. Seeking immediate medical attention for any injury sustained while on duty, except that this subparagraph shall not be construed as negating any rights under Worker's Compensation.

D. Conducting official business of a personal nature with military offices to include, but not limited to, matters relating to drivers' licenses, ID cards, passports, housing, finance and personnel. (Not to exceed one half day except in unusual circumstances which are acceptable to the supervisor.)

E. Conducting business with official offices (POV registration and inspection, etc.) and utility companies of the unit employee's host nation, required because of the unit employee's status as a foreigner in the host nation. (Not to exceed one half day except in unusual circumstances which are acceptable to the supervisor.)

Pacific's Legal Eagle Corner: As we start sliding into the summer recess two entitlements not often used may be of interest to our members.

1. DODEA Regulation 1400.13, IV.F.2. reads:

When an educator is reassigned to another location between school years, or relinquishes his or her quarters for another reason during the summer with the result that a quarters allowance is not payable, storage (including packing, drayage, unpacking and transportation to and from storage) of his or her household goods and personal possessions will be authorized by the employing agency at no cost to the educator, subject to the applicable weight limitations.

Traffic Management Office (TMO) will see that your goods are packed up, placed in storage, moved to a new location and unpacked. There are some limitations:

a. LQA must be relinquished for the storage period.

b. The minimum storage time appears to be six weeks during summer recess.

c Educators are only authorized to store goods during the summer recess period. The Regulations are specific.

d. There are some limits on the distance between locations for the purpose of delivery of household goods. Check with TMO.

e. The educator must sign up to teach the following school year.

2. Educators working overseas are entitled to a replacement vehicle every four years. The Joint Travel Regulations Volume II do not require that the replacement take place during RAT.


A. General. When a POV, transported at GOV'T expense to an OCONUS area is no longer adequate for the traveler's transportation needs, the Secretarial Process may authorize transportation of a replacement POV. Such replacement may be authorized when the par. C5232-B or C5232-C conditions are met.

B. Emergency Replacement. Emergency POV replacement may be authorized when the reasons for the need of a replacement POV are:

1. Beyond the traveler's control (e.g., the POV is stolen, seriously damaged, destroyed, or has deteriorated due to severe climatic conditions), and

2. Acceptable to the DoD Component concerned.

C. Non Emergency Replacement. Non emergency POV replacement may be authorized when:

1. The traveler is stationed continuously at one or more OCONUS PDSs during a 4-year period and the POV being replaced has worn out due to age and normal deterioration; and

2. It is in the GOV'T's interest that the traveler continues to have a POV at the OCONUS PDS.

D. Limitations

1. One emergency replacement POV may be transported at GOV'T expense within any 4-year continuous service period.

2. One non emergency replacement POV may be transported at GOV'T expense after every 4 years of continuous service beginning on the date the first POV used is being replaced.

DoDDS Reunion: Each summer there is a gathering of former and current DoDDS folks. The reunion will be held in Dallas, Texas at the Marriot City Center, July 18-21. For registration information visit this site.

Yen and Won Rates: To check the rates go to this site.

Debra S. Degalis
FEA Pacific Area Director