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April 6 2011 FEA President's Report

To: FEA Members Worldwide
From: Michael Priser, FEA President
Re: FEA President's Report
Date: April 6, 2011


DIFFERENTIAL FOR SOME JAPAN LOCATIONS -- Information on the 10 percent hardship differential for Japan that was published by the State Department last month did not include complexes housing DoDEA schools. That issue has now been addressed by DoD and the State Department and an updated list will be published on April 10. DoDEA is working with its Human Resources office in Okinawa to see that all eligible employees will receive this differential, retroactive to March 27. This affects DoDEA personnel at the following locations: Atsugi, Camp Zama, Misawa, Yokohama, Yokosuka, and Yokota.

SUMMER COURSE OFFERING -- DoDEA has posted information about the 2011 Summer workshop offering, Elementary School Educators Professional Learning Team (PLT). The current registration deadline is April 14 but we are working with management to get that deadline extended until April 21. You can find the information on the PLT program at https://webapps.dodea.edu/swa_cf_alt/workshops.cfm. In addition, you can find the application at https://webapps.dodea.edu/swa_cf_alt/swa_apps/reg_main.cfm. General information about the online Summer Workshop application process and links to other training/development sessions for DoDEA employees, can be found at https://webapps.dodea.edu/swa_cf/

JAPAN TEMPORARY JOB REGISTRATION - Eligible family members who are currently employed with DoDEA, and are on an authorized voluntary dependent departure order from Japan, can take advantage of the Temporary Job Registration program set up by DoDEA. A limited number of positions are available in locations throughout DoDEA, including various areas of the Pacific and DDESS (Stateside schools), including DDESS headquarters in Peachtree City, GA, and DoDEA headquarters in Arlington, VA. All positions are temporary and do not confer permanent status. For more on the program, go to https://webapps.dodea.edu/DPR/

TRANSFER DELAYS -- We have no new information at this time about DoDEA's decision to delay the release of transfer notices. As stated previously, we do not expect the notices to go out before the conclusion of the DoDDS spring break, and it may actually be days or weeks after spring break is over before the notices do go out. We know many members are anxious and concerned about their job placements for next year and we will continue to urge DoDEA to release these notices as quickly as possible.

DEADLINE APPROACHING -- Ballots for the election of Area Directors to represent Europe, the Pacific and DDESS must be received by the close of business on April 19, 2011, in order to be counted. All ballots must be mailed to the proper address in Washington, DC, with sufficient time to arrive by the April 19 deadline. If you are an FEA Active member and did not receive a ballot, see your FRS/building representative for a duplicate ballot and information on how to properly address and validate your mailing envelope to ensure your ballot is counted.

POSSIBLE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN -- As of Wednesday morning, there is a very strong possibility of a government shutdown beginning this weekend. We remain cautiously optimistic that, if a shutdown occurs, DoDEA schools will be considered essential programs and will remain open.
Federal agencies are expected to notify their employees tomorrow (Thursday, DC time) whether they are to be considered "excepted" employees during a shutdown. Excepted employees are those who will continue to work in the event of a shutdown. Again, we are cautiously optimistic that FEA members and other school-level DoDEA employees will be considered "excepted" and continue to work.
We will post additional information as it becomes available.