Update on Excess and Transfer Numbers

from the March 1, 2018 FEA President's Report

DoDEA HQ has received several new/amended vacancies this past week that have made it possible to place all but five excessed educators. One excessed reconsideration was also granted this week. Please be sure to let Connie ( know if any new vacancies open at your school.

from the February 15, 2018 FEA President's Report

Three additional excessed educators have been placed since the transfer round closed, leaving 11 more still to be placed. Excessed educators who have requested reconsideration are also being considered for any new vacancies that are reported.

All new vacancies must be reported to DoDEA headquarters so they can be used to assist excessed educators. FRSs are asked to notify FEA's Connie Shanaghan at if any new vacancies open at your school, so we can confirm they are being considered for excessed employees.

Below are the numbers of transfers by group made during the transfer round. Please note that, with the exception of excessed employees, educators who were eligible for two transfer groups and were placed are counted in the higher transfer group. As an example, those educators who were eligible for Group A+ and Group D and were placed during their Group A+ consideration, are included only in the Group A+ counts. ALL excessed educators placed, regardless of additional Transfer Group eligibility (if any), are included in Group C.

Group A+ - 96
Group A - 11
Group B - 10
Group C - 46
Group D - 2
Group F - 13


posted February 6, 2018

DoDEA management has completed the process of sending out notifications to all employees who received reassignment offers through the recently completed transfer round. If you did not receive a notice that means you did not receive a transfer offer this year.

At this time, 14 excessed educators remain unplaced. Future vacancies will be used to place those 14 excessed educators and to grant reconsideration to excessed educators who request it. Consideration for all other applicants is now closed.

Any educator who is currently in the FEA bargaining unit and who received a transfer to the Med or Guam should be certain to file and elevate a Goodbye Grievance prior to leaving our bargaining unit. Please speak with your FRS for information on how to do so.

FEA members with questions about this year's transfer program should send them to Connie Shanaghan at Be sure to include your transfer group and your SCD in the body of your message to Connie.

If you are an FEA member and you requested reconsideration as an excessed employee, please notify Connie so she can monitor your reconsideration request.

In all, 132 transfers were offered in this year's transfer round; the same number as last year. That figure does not include transfers made to excessed employees. FEA continues to believe that more transfer opportunities are needed to fulfill the promises made to overseas employees at the time they were hired and to allow the exchange of ideas and teaching methods that a robust transfer program encourages. FEA will continue to advocate for a fully funded transfer program in the future!


posted January 31, 2018

The DODDS transfer round concluded on January 31. Reassignment letters have already started to be sent out. It will take several days for all notices to be sent out and FEA will inform our members when that process is complete. Notifications are sent only to employees who received a transfer. Keep in mind that teachers in the same school who receive a transfer may not all receive their notifications on the same day. If you do receive a transfer notice, you will have three WORK days to respond to management.

Please remember that FEA's agreement with DoDEA prevents us from giving out information on any individual transfers until ALL transfer notices have been sent by management. Members are also reminded to include their transfer group and SCD in the body of any message about the transfer round they send to FEA's Connie Shanaghan at this email.

In all, 132 transfers were arranged this year. This is the same number as last year's program. While FEA continues to believe strongly that far more transfers are needed, we are grateful to DoDEA Director Tom Brady for sticking to his promise that budgetary concerns would not result in fewer transfers being made this year than last year. We did exceed DoDEA's original budget for the transfer program but Mr. Brady approved additional funding to bring us up to 132 transfers again this year.

Transfers were made for applicants in all transfer groups, A+ through F. Every applicant in Groups A+ through D was given consideration and many in Group F received consideration this year as well, which is an improvement from past years. As always, vacancies went to the next transfer group only if no applicant in the higher group matched the vacancies. This means that those employees who received transfers in Group A were matched only to vacancies that could not be matched to Group A+ applicants, those in Group B were matched only to vacancies that could not be used for A+ or A applicants, and so on.

I want to thank FEA Pacific Director Melanie Horton for helping with the transfer round until last month's government shutdown forced her to return to Okinawa. DoDEA's Patti Ross deserves our thanks as well for overseeing the transfer round. And an especially big thank you to FEA's own transfer guru, Connie Shanaghan, for her months of work on the transfer program thus far, and in the weeks ahead as she continues to answer questions for our members.

Transfer Round Still Ongoing

posted January 24, 2018

A reminder that the DoDDS transfer round is still ongoing and that transfer notices will not go out until the transfer round has been completed and DoDEA staff has had time to generate those notices (which may take several days).

As per our standard agreement with DoDEA, FEA is not able to provide information on any individual transfers until all transfer notices have been sent out by management.

Any FEA members sending questions to Connie Shanaghan about the transfer round are reminded to include their transfer group and their Service Comp Date (SCD) with their message.

Cuba Fact Sheet Added

posted December 21, 2017
A fact sheet on transfers to W.T. Sampson Elementary/High School in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been added to the DoDEA HR Information page and to the Transfer Resources list at the bottom of FEA's Transfer Information Page.

Transfer Applicants By Group

posted December 20, 2017
Below is a breakdown of the numbers of transfer applications submitted by the December 15 deadline.
Group A+ - 266 applicants

Group A - 76 applicants

Group B - 52 applicants

Group C - 38 applicants

Group D - 71 applicants

Group F - 203 applicants

Total applicants - 706


The vacancy list for the SY 18-19 transfer program has been posted by DoDEA. Click here for the list (see link near the bottom of the page for the most recent version of the vacancy list).

Trouble Submitting/Amending Transfer Applications?

posted December 14, 2017

FEA has heard from several members who have had trouble submitting or amending their applications for the SY 18-19 transfer program using Internet Explorer as their Web browser. Some of those individuals went on to report that they were able to submit or amend their applications when they instead switched to Google's Chrome web browser.

If you are having difficulty submitting or amending your application, please try accessing the database using a different browser, particularly Chrome.

You can access Chrome at

FEA has informed DoDEA of the difficulties these members have reported to us. DoDEA is looking into the issue but its Web developers have been unable thus far to identify what is causing the problems.

If the database will not ACCEPT your application, regardless which Web browser you use, please inform FEA¹s Connie Shanaghan immediately at

If your application has already been accepted but you are now having difficulty AMENDING your existing application, please wait and try again after you return from the upcoming winter break. If you still cannot amend your existing application at that time, contact Connie at

Remember, the deadline to submit your application for the SY 18-19 transfer program is this Friday, December 15. Once you have successfully submitted your application, you will have until January 9 to amend your application prior to the start of the transfer round.

Answers to Additional Transfer Questions

posted December 11, 2017

FEA's Connie Shanaghan has posted some additional answers to common questions about the upcoming SY 18-19 transfer program, available here.

FEA's Tips for Transfers Now Available

Click here to access FEA Transfer Guru Connie Shanaghan's tips to help maximize your chances of getting the transfer you want in the SY 18-19 Transfer Program.

Access the online application for the SY 18-19 DODDS Transfer Program here.

Application deadline is 5pm EST on December 15, 2017.


posted December 13, 2017


If you've already submitted an application online, FEA urges you to revisit the application site and confirm that your application is in the system. Do so well before the December 15 deadline so you can resubmit your application, if necessary.


We have been alerted to various problems teachers are having when they attempt to apply to the transfer program. If you are unable to submit your application, please contact Connie Shanaghan immediately as the deadline is this Friday.

Nearly two weeks ago, FEA alerted its members to a problem with the online transfer database that was preventing applicants from changing to A+ from other transfer groups. If anyone is still unable to amend their application to Group A+, please notify Connie. Also, please be aware that when applicants upgrade from one transfer group to Group A+, their location and categories are deleted and will need to be reentered.


posted November 13, 2017

FEA and DoDEA management have finalized the details of the SY 18-19 transfer program. You can read the full MOU governing the upcoming transfer program here.


• The transfer program is budgeted at the same $4.5 million amount as last year's program. However, at last week's FEA Board of Directors meeting, DoDEA Director Tom Brady pledged to ensure that there will be no fewer transfers this year than were made last year, even if that means additional money must be added to the transfer budget. FEA is very appreciative of Mr. Brady's promise.

• Misawa, Japan, and Seville, Spain, have been moved from Group B to Group A.

• The following language has been added to the ONLINE APPLICATION:

"If successful in obtaining a transfer through the Worldwide Transfer Program, I agree to report to the new assignment prepared to perform at the full performance level for the teaching category/categories included in my application."

• Non-married same-sex domestic partners who reside in two-year areas can apply for joint consideration in the SY 18-19 transfer program. However, starting next year, all same sex domestic partners must be married to apply for joint consideration. (For more information on this, please see language at the bottom of page 9 of the Transfer Program MOU available here).

• There will be no VSIP or VERA offered this year.


December 15, 2017 -- deadline for educators to submit their initial transfer application

January 9, 2018 -- deadline for applicants to make amendments to their applications

January 11, 2018 -- start of the transfer round

You can find the online application to the transfer program at DoDEA's Human Resources page.

New applications WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED after the December 15, 2017, deadline except from educators who are identified as excess subsequent to December 15, 2017. All applications must be electronically submitted. Please print a copy of your application and keep it for your records.

As always, FEA's resident transfer guru, Connie Shanaghan, will post her "Tips for Transfers", to help FEA members maximize their chances of getting the transfer they want. We will send out an additional notice when those Tips for Transfers have been posted to the FEA Web site.

Good luck to all who apply for a transfer this year!

List of Transfer Resources