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THANKSGIVING WITH THE BIDENS AT FORT BRAGG

On Monday, November 22nd, FEA leaders and members attended an early Thanksgiving meal at Fort Bragg hosted by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. The First Lady, who specifically asked for DoDEA educators to be invited, noted that they are part of the military community and thanked DoDEA educators for all they do.… Read More

DoDEA Updates COVID Info Following Association Request

Association attorneys and leaders Thursday raised concerns with the vaccine exemption form issued by DoDEA earlier this week, leading to management’s release of updated guidance providing more flexibility in the timeline for employees to file medical documentation when seeking exemption from the November 22 deadline to be fully vaccinated. FEA and FEA-Stateside Region leaders and… Read More

OCTOBER 28, 2021 FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Vaccine Mandate; Loan Forgiveness; FEHB; NEA Read Across America Grant   DoDEA Vaccine Mandate and Reasonable Accommodation  While FEA recommends all members, who can, become vaccinated to meet the fast-approaching November 22 deadline for federal employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, we recognize some members are unable to take the vaccine due to health… Read More

2022 Read Across America Grant Opportunity

Deadline to apply is Sunday, November 7, 2021 The application can be found at https://forms.gle/n1BX6jwnaDes5VEc8 FEA is applying to NEA for grant money to help fund Read Across America events for our members worldwide on or around NEA's Read Across America Day (Wednesday, March 2, 2022). To bolster our grant application, we need specific projects… Read More

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GREATLY EXPANDS CREDIT FOR STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS

In great news for many educators with student loans, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) recently announced a change to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program rules for a limited time, allowing many borrowers to receive credit for past payments made on loans that would otherwise not qualify for PSLF. Some 550,000 public service… Read More

DoDEA FAILING TO PROVIDE VACCINE EXEMPTION INFORMATION

With barely a month left until the deadline for federal employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19, DoDEA has yet to issue any instructions about the Reasonable Accommodation process for employees seeking exemptions. DoDEA has yet to provide the Association with official notice of the vaccine mandate so the parties can negotiate over the procedures, despite… Read More

DOL Bulletin Covers Injuries to Feds from COVID Vaccine Mandate

  The Department of Labor recently issued FECA bulletin 22-01 with a subject line of "Coverage for Injuries Resulting from the COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate for Federal Employees." FECA, the Federal Employees' Compensation Act, covers injuries that occur in the performance of duty. The full FECA bulletin can be read here.… Read More

OCTOBER 4, 2021 PRESIDENT’S REPORT

  Bargaining Update FEA and DoDEA, last month, engaged in bargaining for a new negotiated agreement covering the Overseas bargaining unit. The two sides remain at odds over a number of issues. FEA remains committed to negotiating a fair contract that protects employee rights and strengthens the learning environment for DoDEA students. We will continue… Read More

NOV 22 DEADLINE FOR FEDS TO BECOME FULLY VACCINATED

Following an Executive Order from the White House requiring federal employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force has issued guidance stating that feds must be fully vaccinated by November 22 of this year. Please be aware that the guidance states that the vaccine mandate applies to teleworking employees and… Read More

FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT SEPTEMBER 16 2021

LEADERSHIP TRAININGS I, along with FEA Executive Director/General Counsel Richard Tarr and Deputy Executive Director/General Counsel Suzanne Summerlin, have been able to virtually attend trainings for Association leaders in Europe this month. I’m planning (technology willing) to attend additional trainings for the Pacific as well as the upcoming FEA Stateside Region Area Council as the… Read More