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Excessed Placement Program Underway

The DODDS Excessed Placement Program (EPP) has finally gotten underway. DoDEA Headquarters began on Friday (March 28) with in-district placements for excessed educators in the Mediterranean District. FEA's Connie Shanaghan is at DoDEA Headquarters, monitoring the program on behalf of our members. We expect it will take several weeks to complete the placement program. We know many of you have been anxiously awaiting word about your placement, or about the possibility of a VERA/VSIP offer. We ask that you remain patient as this process now enters its final stages. Keep in mind, also, that while DoDEA HQ will be sending out notifications, FEA is unable to release information about any individual placement until all the offers have been made and the program is completed.

Prior to the start of the placement program, Connie did complete the verification of excessed placement applications for FEA members who requested this service. If you requested verification of your excessed placement application but did not hear from Connie, please send her a message at Please include your SCD.

Get details about the 2013-2014 DODDS Excessed Placement Program and VERA/VSIP offering at FEA's Information Page.

Latest update posted: April 1, 2014

National Teacher Day Is May 6

FEA has posted a sample story/press release about National Teacher Day that our local associations can customize and send to the media. Download the story in Word format here.

#February 2014 FEA Journal
February FEA Journal Now Online

Information on the candidates and voting procedures for this spring's election of FEA Area Directors.
Read the February FEA Journal in PDF format

Information on DoDDS Pay Lane Case

As a result of FEA legal action, an arbitrator recently ruled that DoDDS has for years been granting inadequate credit to many employees in the MA+15 and MA+30 lanes of the DoDDS salary schedule. This means many current and former DoDDS employees (including retirees and those now working in DDESS) may qualify for backpay and interest. Learn more about the case, including whether you qualify and how to file your claim with FEA, by viewing our legal update.

Urgent update posted October 10, 2013. Be sure to read and follow its directions if you think you may be covered by this case.

Click here for the update

BAS Illegally Implemented by DODDS

On September 12, 2013, DODEA/DODDS unilaterally implemented the costly and time-consuming BAS reading assessment, ignoring its obligation to bargain the issue with FEA.

Visit FEA's BAS Information Page, where you can read the Legal Update we've put out on this issue, telling affected educators what they need to do and how FEA is responding to DODDS's illegal action.

A sample form for logging your BAS activity time is now available on this page.

OPM Info About Same-Sex Benefits

Watch the video presentation from the Office of Personnel Management explaining coverage of same-sex spouses under federal benefits programs.

Teaching Channel: Videos that Inspire Teaching

The 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:

See the Welcome to Teaching Channel video.

Updates for our Members

Read the FEA President's Report and sign up to have updates from FEA's Washington office sent directly to your e-mail (member login required).

RA 2014 in Denver

Learn about the FEA and NEA Annual Meetings taking place this summer in Denver. Go to FEA's RA Information page.