Family Liaison Office

Family Liaison Office Serving the Foreign Service Community FLO serves U.S. government direct-hire employees, their family members, and Members of Household (MOH) who are serving, have served, or will be serving at our Missions overseas.

FLO's mission is to improve the quality of life of all demographics we serve by identifying issues and advocating for programs and solutions, providing a variety of client services, and extending services to overseas communities through the management of the worldwide Community Liaison Office (CLO) program.

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12/03/2020
2020 SOSA Awardee - Moises

During his time in Matamoros, Moises Mendoza, #2020SOSA awardee, carried out several projects that positively impacted the consulate community. He took steps to create a safer and more prepared mission. He also conducted research on the consulate's history and role in the region. Learn more about Moises and the SOSAs at aafsw.org/services/sosa.

The upcoming “Ask the Boarding School Expert” webinar will explore the key considerations of sending your child to board...
12/01/2020

The upcoming “Ask the Boarding School Expert” webinar will explore the key considerations of sending your child to boarding school. A subject matter expert will discuss the factors in determining if boarding school is right for your child, how to select the right boarding school, and navigating financial considerations and the admissions process. The webinar will take place on December 2nd at 10:00 a.m. ET, and is open to all foreign affairs agency employees and family members. Go to https://forms.gle/RmezSdMAYiUwtPvUA to register.

This FLO Weekly features: - Congratulations! AAFSW Annual Awards Ceremony
11/30/2020
FLO Weekly Newsletter

This FLO Weekly features:
- Congratulations! AAFSW Annual Awards Ceremony

The FLO Weekly Newsletter compiles news and information for U.S. government employees, their family members, and Members of Household (MOH) who are serving, have served, or will be serving at U.S. Missions overseas.

In celebration of #NationalCareerDevelopmentMonth and #NationalEntrepreneurshipMonth, FLO's Global Employment Initiative...
11/30/2020
GEI Entrepreneurship Series

In celebration of #NationalCareerDevelopmentMonth and #NationalEntrepreneurshipMonth, FLO's Global Employment Initiative (GEI) will host an entrepreneurship workshop on December 3rd at 11:00 a.m. ET. Contact [email protected] to request access for this upcoming online workshop. In the meantime, check out GEI entrepreneurship videos in the playlist below:

The FLO Global Employment Initiative (GEI) hosted a series of webinars designed to help aspiring EFM entrepreneurs learn from EFMs who are successfully self-...

11/28/2020
2020 SOSA Awardee - Jane

Jane Thompson, #2020SOSA awardee, created and presented numerous special needs programs at the international school and local schools in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Drawing on her experience in early childhood education, her volunteer efforts benefitted children and parents both inside and outside the mission. Learn more about Jane and the SOSAs at aafsw.org/services/sosa.

FLO's Global Employment Initiative (GEI) will continue with its #NationalCareerDevelopmentMonth workshop series with "Us...
11/27/2020
Global Employment Initiative - United States Department of State

FLO's Global Employment Initiative (GEI) will continue with its #NationalCareerDevelopmentMonth workshop series with "Use LinkedIn to Network" session on November 30th at 11:00 a.m. ET. Contact [email protected] to request access for this upcoming online workshop. Learn more about the GEI program in the link below.

FLO’s Global Employment Initiative (GEI) supports family members in their job search by providing resources, guidance, and facilitating skills development.

🍂Happy Thanksgiving 🍂
11/25/2020

🍂Happy Thanksgiving 🍂

FLO recently participated in the Operations Center’s Office of Crisis Management and Strategy (CMS) event entitled, "CMS...
11/25/2020
One Mission - State Magazine

FLO recently participated in the Operations Center’s Office of Crisis Management and Strategy (CMS) event entitled, "CMS Presents... The Role of FLO and CLOs Before, During, and After a Crisis." The event highlighted the instrumental work of CLOs and FLO in crisis management planning and response. FLO and CLOs value the integral support that CMS provides in bringing stakeholders together in times of crisis. Check out the Statemag article below to learn more about CMS' role in the COVID-19 taskforce:

By Chris Meade, Merlyn Schultz, Fany Colon de Hayes, and Clarece Polke  Videos courtesy of the Operations Center’s Office of Crisis Management and Strategy On January 23, the Chinese government announced it would lock down Wuhan, stopping all transportation throughout the city to slow the spread ...

11/24/2020
2020 SOSA Awardee - Michelle

Michelle Collett, #2020SOSA awardee, demonstrated a volunteer spirit with her environmental protection efforts, community outreach, and mission support in Libreville, Gabon. From protecting sea turtles and their habitats, to teaching music, and aiding the mission community during COVID-19, Michelle made a major impact during her three years in Libreville. Learn more about Michelle and the SOSAs at aafsw.org/services/sosa

The current Foreign Service Family Reserve Corps (FSFRC) open enrollment vacancy announcement will close on Saturday, No...
11/24/2020
Foreign Service Family Reserve Corps (FSFRC)

The current Foreign Service Family Reserve Corps (FSFRC) open enrollment vacancy announcement will close on Saturday, November 28. Learn more about the program’s eligibility criteria,​as well as anticipated future enrollment periods, on the FSFRC webpage: go.usa.gov/xmVQA

The Foreign Service Family Reserve Corps (FSFRC) is a non-pay program. The FSFRC was created in order to improve the efficiency of the hiring process for Appointment Eligible Family Members (AEFMs). Family members who meet the eligibility requirements and are accepted into the FSFRC, will be appo...

This FLO Weekly features:- Reminders: FSFRC Open Enrollment Closing and FLO's GEI Workshops- FSI Transition Center Webin...
11/23/2020
FLO Weekly Newsletter

This FLO Weekly features:
- Reminders: FSFRC Open Enrollment Closing and FLO's GEI Workshops
- FSI Transition Center Webinar: Ask the Boarding School Expert

The FLO Weekly Newsletter compiles news and information for U.S. government employees, their family members, and Members of Household (MOH) who are serving, have served, or will be serving at U.S. Missions overseas.

The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) recently recognized the efforts of Community Liaison Offices (CLO) throu...
11/22/2020

The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) recently recognized the efforts of Community Liaison Offices (CLO) through the 2020 M. Juanita Guess Award. Jennifer Mauldin, this year's awardee, served as a CLO Coordinator in Karachi, Pakistan. She is recognized for her extraordinary efforts to assist embassy personnel and family members as they began an organized departure at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. She also helped to develop a new initiative that aimed to create a more welcoming and safe community for new arrivals at post. Congratulations !

Stay safe this Thanksgiving:
11/21/2020

Stay safe this Thanksgiving:

Planning for Thanksgiving? Consider hosting a virtual meal with friends and family who don’t live with you. Schedule a time to share recipes and show off the turkey, dressing, and other dishes: https://bit.ly/35hIcti.

Congratulations to recipients of the 2020 Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA), Champions...
11/20/2020

Congratulations to recipients of the 2020 Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA), Champions of Career Enhancement for EFMs (CCE-EFM) Award, Eleanor Dodson Tragen Award, and Lesley Dorman Award presented at the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW)-DACOR annual awards ceremony, held virtually this year. Over the coming weeks, FLO will highlight the 2020 SOSA awardees' stories on this page. Learn more about the SOSAs at aafsw.org/services/sosa.

🎉 It's Locally Employed Staff/Foreign Service National Recognition Day🎉
11/18/2020

🎉 It's Locally Employed Staff/Foreign Service National Recognition Day🎉

On Locally Employed Staff/Foreign Service National Recognition Day, Nov. 18, we recognize all of our locally employed colleagues who serve alongside American diplomats around the world, working to advance U.S. foreign policy. We are grateful for your expertise and dedication, today and every day. Thank you!
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As part of #NationalCareerDevelopmentMonth, FLO's Global Employment Initiative (GEI) will host an interviewing workshop ...
11/18/2020
Global Employment Initiative - United States Department of State

As part of #NationalCareerDevelopmentMonth, FLO's Global Employment Initiative (GEI) will host an interviewing workshop on November 23rd at 11:00 a.m. ET. Contact [email protected] to request access for this upcoming online workshop. Learn more about the GEI program in the link below:

FLO’s Global Employment Initiative (GEI) supports family members in their job search by providing resources, guidance, and facilitating skills development.

What kind of virtual worker are YOU? Kristyn Hoy, FLO’s Global Employment Advisor for the DC area, shares virtual workpl...
11/17/2020
What Kind of Virtual Worker are YOU? - AAFSW

What kind of virtual worker are YOU? Kristyn Hoy, FLO’s Global Employment Advisor for the DC area, shares virtual workplace best practices in this AAFSW article:

Kristyn Hoy, FLO’s Global Employment Advisor for DC | USA, October 22, 2020 Do you “go to work” in your pajamas? Are you a business on top and casual on the bottom type of person?  Do you dress for success every day, whether you are at your kitchen table or sitting in a “real” office […...

CEFAR's Resilience Boosting Webinar Series 2.0 - Week 10: Ask the Resilience Experts. To conclude the second 10-week res...
11/17/2020

CEFAR's Resilience Boosting Webinar Series 2.0 - Week 10: Ask the Resilience Experts. To conclude the second 10-week resilience boosting webinar series, CEFAR will dedicate an entire session to questions, concerns, and enduring thoughts surrounding resilience in the Foreign Affairs community. Bring your questions and join the community dialogue. Register at bit.ly/2RvbbBT.

Check out this #HeroesofUSDiplomacy event on Locally Employed Staff/Foreign Service National Recognition Day:
11/16/2020

Check out this #HeroesofUSDiplomacy event on Locally Employed Staff/Foreign Service National Recognition Day:

We are thrilled to recognize our first Locally Employed #HeroesofUSDiplomacy, Badye and Hella Ladhari. Join us virtually, on Locally Employed Staff/Foreign Service National Recognition Day, to recognize their accomplishments on Nov. 18 at 11:00 am ET, when they will discuss their roles during and following the September 2012 attack on U.S. Embassy Tunis. Director General Carol Z. Perez will reflect on the central role that locally employed staff and foreign service nationals play in carrying out the U.S. Department of State’s mission, wholly exemplified through Badye and Hella’s dedicated service. Register for the livestream: sforce.co/3mtJyqe. Learn more about the Ladharis: http://go.usa.gov/x7Ncg

This FLO Weekly features:- AFSA's 2020 M. Juanita Guess Award for a CLO Coordinator- FSFRC Open Enrollment is Happening ...
11/16/2020
FLO Weekly Newsletter

This FLO Weekly features:
- AFSA's 2020 M. Juanita Guess Award for a CLO Coordinator
- FSFRC Open Enrollment is Happening Now
- Reminder: National Career Development Month - FLO's GEI Online Workshops

The FLO Weekly Newsletter compiles news and information for U.S. government employees, their family members, and Members of Household (MOH) who are serving, have served, or will be serving at U.S. Missions overseas.

November is #NationalCareerDevelopmentMonth and FLO's Global Employment Initiative (GEI) will host a resume basics works...
11/14/2020
Global Employment Initiative - United States Department of State

November is #NationalCareerDevelopmentMonth and FLO's Global Employment Initiative (GEI) will host a resume basics workshop on November 16th at 11:00 a.m. ET. Contact [email protected] to request access for this upcoming online workshop. Learn more about the GEI program in the link below.

FLO’s Global Employment Initiative (GEI) supports family members in their job search by providing resources, guidance, and facilitating skills development.

The next Foreign Service Family Reserve Corps (FSFRC) open enrollment period starts November 15 and runs through Novembe...
11/13/2020
Foreign Service Family Reserve Corps (FSFRC) Open Enrollment Application Process

The next Foreign Service Family Reserve Corps (FSFRC) open enrollment period starts November 15 and runs through November 28. U.S. citizen spouses (AEFMs) interested in future employment with the Department of State should apply via USAJobs. Visit the FSFRC webpage (go.usa.gov/xmVQA) and check out the video below to learn more about the open enrollment:

What is the Foreign Service Family Reserve Corps (FSFRC)? Why should you apply for membership? Who can apply for membership? How to apply and an overview of ...

11/12/2020
U.S. Office of Personnel Management

📣Federal Benefit Open Season has arrived. Check out: www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/open-season

Federal Benefits Open Season is here! Each year, we encourage all eligible employees and retirees to review their health, dental, vision, and tax-saving needs and to make changes to, or enroll in, the right benefits programs for you and your family. The deadline is December 14!

U.S. Marine Corps Security Guards have supported in protecting U.S. embassies and consulates, U.S. Department of State p...
11/10/2020

U.S. Marine Corps Security Guards have supported in protecting U.S. embassies and consulates, U.S. Department of State personnel, and sensitive government information for over 70 years. #HappyBirthdayMarines

Happy 245th birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps! U.S. Marine Corps has supported U.S. diplomacy since our nation's founding. We are grateful to the Marine Security Guards who help us protect our U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide 24 hours a day, seven days a week. #HappyBirthdayMarines

CEFAR's Resilience Boosting Webinar Series 2.0 - Week 9: Rest and Recovery for Resilience. We are living in a time when ...
11/10/2020

CEFAR's Resilience Boosting Webinar Series 2.0 - Week 9: Rest and Recovery for Resilience. We are living in a time when stress, uncertainty and obligations, both personal and professional, are growing. Join this webinar to learn strategies for managing our overall health and reducing extreme stress levels by focusing on fast acting, short term, and long-term rest and recovery techniques. Register at bit.ly/2RvbbBT.

This FLO Weekly Newsletter includes:- National Career Development Month: FLO's GEI Online Training Workshops- FSFRC Vaca...
11/09/2020
FLO Weekly Newsletter

This FLO Weekly Newsletter includes:
- National Career Development Month: FLO's GEI Online Training Workshops
- FSFRC Vacancy Announcement Opens November 15th

The FLO Weekly Newsletter compiles news and information for U.S. government employees, their family members, and Members of Household (MOH) who are serving, have served, or will be serving at U.S. Missions overseas.

Upcoming Transition Center Webinar: Educating Your Special Needs Child in the Foreign Affairs Community. This seminar, h...
11/06/2020

Upcoming Transition Center Webinar: Educating Your Special Needs Child in the Foreign Affairs Community. This seminar, held on 11/19, will present a comprehensive picture of the Department of State’s special education support system and present information to proactively navigate the process. It will also provide attendees an opportunity to meet with employees from multiple offices and bureaus who will guide parents through the process. Register at https://forms.gle/ZjabtpG5fF6aVJcbA

Did you know the U.S. Department of State has developed a new air quality app? ZephAir allows Department employees, thei...
11/05/2020
Department launches new air quality app - State Magazine

Did you know the U.S. Department of State has developed a new air quality app? ZephAir allows Department employees, their families, and American citizens living and traveling overseas easy access to standardized, reliable, and actionable information that can help mitigate exposure to air pollution. Check out this article from Statemag to learn more:

ZephAir, a new mobile app on air quality from the Department of State, is available to all members of the public for download in Apple App and Google Play stores. ZephAir displays real-time air quality data from the Department’s 65-plus air quality monitors at U.S. embassies and consulates around ...

CEFAR's Resilience Boosting Webinar Series 2.0 - Week 8: Resilience for Champions of Change: Women in Leadership. In thi...
11/03/2020

CEFAR's Resilience Boosting Webinar Series 2.0 - Week 8: Resilience for Champions of Change: Women in Leadership. In this centennial year of women’s suffrage, join a discussion with senior women leaders from both the civil service and foreign service who will share their hard-earned wisdom for staying resilient while remaining in the fight for diversity, equity and inclusion in the Department. Register at bit.ly/2RvbbBT.

This FLO Weekly features: - FLO Employment Specialist Vacancy Announcement- Get Ready for the Upcoming FSFRC Vacancy Ann...
11/02/2020
FLO Weekly Newsletter

This FLO Weekly features:
- FLO Employment Specialist Vacancy Announcement
- Get Ready for the Upcoming FSFRC Vacancy Announcement: Did you know...
- FSI Transition Center Webinar: Educating Your Special Needs Child in the Foreign Affairs Community

The FLO Weekly Newsletter compiles news and information for U.S. government employees, their family members, and Members of Household (MOH) who are serving, have served, or will be serving at U.S. Missions overseas.

10/30/2020
🎃 FLO Halloween Slideshow 🎃

🎃 Happy Halloween 🎃
Can you guess the costumes of the FLO staff in this slideshow? Leave your guesses in the comments and share your Halloween selfie🤳 for others to see!

FSI Transition Center's Employment Tools for EFMs webinar on 11/05 will explore utilizing foreign affairs experience in ...
10/29/2020

FSI Transition Center's Employment Tools for EFMs webinar on 11/05 will explore utilizing foreign affairs experience in forming a comprehensive employment plan. Learn about the job search process including networking, preparing resumes, interviewing skills, and use of social media. This webinar is open to all foreign affairs agency adult EFMs and Members of Household. Register at https://fsitraining.state.gov/Catalog/CourseDetails/MQ704.

CEFAR's Resilience Boosting Webinar Series 2.0 - Week 7: Resilience in Times of Stress and Uncertainty 2.0. Key resilien...
10/27/2020

CEFAR's Resilience Boosting Webinar Series 2.0 - Week 7: Resilience in Times of Stress and Uncertainty 2.0. Key resilience skills can bolster one’s ability to navigate prolonged stress and uncertainty. Join the resilience experts from CEFAR to review resilience concepts, strategies and tools regarding energy and self- management that are proven to help during times of stress and uncertainty that persist without a clearly defined end.

This FLO Weekly features:- Join the FLO Team: Current Vacancy Announcements- Halloween Selfie Slideshow on FLO Facebook ...
10/26/2020
FLO Weekly Newsletter

This FLO Weekly features:
- Join the FLO Team: Current Vacancy Announcements
- Halloween Selfie Slideshow on FLO page
- 2020 Combined Federal Campaign

The FLO Weekly Newsletter compiles news and information for U.S. government employees, their family members, and Members of Household (MOH) who are serving, have served, or will be serving at U.S. Missions overseas.

#BeCyberSmart
10/22/2020

#BeCyberSmart

We must all do our part to #BeCyberSmart. Check out these five daily tips from Department of Homeland Security to help you be safer online. #NCSAM #cybersecurity

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Is there an emergency number on the weekend that families who are evacuating posts can call during this critical time? We arrived at our designated safe-haven yesterday --- and the city ordered all hotels and short-term rentals to close by Monday at minute. We have to leave our safe haven location and need guidance. Phone message from FLO says response within two business days -- we need to leave Miami before then.
Dear Family Liaison Office. I am an EFM, recently returned to DC (in August) after six years abroad (three in Malaysia and three in Malawi). I worked at the Embassy in Malawi, and have a letter confirming my non-competitive eligibility that is good for three years. How do I go about applying for jobs where that status would be relevant? Thanks so much.
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I feel very great being liaison officer in many different organizations. Especially with foregn counterparts.Now eyeing the UNHCR.
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The Purpose of Life …is Life, amen. By Robert Magill The sole purpose of life, and therefore our only human purpose may simply be, life itself. That, upon reflection, would appear to be quite enough. The life force does have its urges though, lots of them, it would appear. After countless eons of self-replication along came sexual reproduction, life had apparently gotten to be in somewhat more of a hurry. Life then pursued bigger and better forms of itself as mobility, size, vision etc. ensued over time. Vision was very unique and a promising end in itself, but life appeared to desire a different platform with which to fully employ this new sense. Many prototypes came and went, and eventually on the scene appeared humankind complete with a newly acquired awareness. Did life, with this move, express desire for an ego to admire itself or, more positively, to express itself? Why else create a platform embellished with consciousness? Then, alas, something went very wrong with life’s dedicated pursuit of life? Human behavior. We know large portions of the recent history of our species and it's not very good. Considering our known history, can we begin to significantly amend our ways if life demands a timely accounting? So if and when life decides we have exhausted all possibility of further usefulness, and our excesses overwhelm life's other vital interests, do we then risk severance of the thread with life? Should not we begin to tug ever more gently at this tether to lessen our risk? Does life even care about the fate of us, its creature? Probably not, countless other species have traveled along on life's quest, prospered to a degree and vanished. Will we join them? Whence came then, this thing, this awareness, this brightness in the void, so cherished by life our very species could be made forfeit to preserve it? Perhaps it was the animal curiosity of some lumbering hominid possessed of sufficient cranial matter that chanced upon a source. The menu of vegetable suspects is quite large. The plants, cacti, mushrooms and vines that possess the chemical soups that have the ability, and perhaps desire to exert themselves aggressively when combined with suitable host brain, is legion. We currently regard these substances as “mind altering” but could they perhaps have been “mind creating” at some remote point in time? Students of psychedelic phenomenon have reported a tendency among this family of substances to exhibit a strong urge to promote its own agenda over the host consciousness at times. Life, in this way, may have introduced the initial spark of awareness in receptive hominid brains with suitable vegetable matter containing psychedelic chemical ingredients. Imagine the wonder this revelation surely produced in a previously unconscious world. The binges and quest for more light shows that followed in the still only partially illuminated minds of these creatures must have been incredible. Perhaps this initial visitation of consciousness onto a receptive human brain and the incredible awakening produced therein is responsible for the ongoing human quest for enlightenment. Our species has demonstrated a universal affinity for various visions, ecstasies and raptures and they have been zealously sought for millennia. Perhaps then, a racial memory of, and longing for a return to that original staggering event gives impetus to the universal spiritual quests we humans faithfully follow to this day. Of course it is possible life may now be providing itself with a non-life fallback to the dilemma posed by our misuse of awareness and consciousness. If humankind becomes suspect of probable catastrophic losses to many of its other progeny, life then may seek to substitute Artificial Intelligence for flawed human intelligence. We, ourselves, may rapidly be creating the instruments for our future replacement with life's resigned encouragement. Life may value this tediously acquired awareness beyond all measure. More the pity for humankind. These phenomena are unique on the planet; life, the life force and the awareness/consciousness of one primate species. What we regard as ultimate reality is simply the stories we tell ourselves and others combined with whatever actions humans are capable of accomplishing. Humanity must now learn to live with 5 Gigabit technology becoming a reality and should perhaps begin to wonder which future Gigabit number will be the one to provide the artificial intelligence and awareness deemed sufficient by the life force to render our kind redundant if it chooses to do so? 🙁
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