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FEA ANNUAL MEETING JUNE 28 & 29

The FEA Annual Membership Meeting takes place 7-9am ET June 28 and 29, 2021. The meeting will take place online via Microsoft Teams. FEA members interested in attending the online meeting should go here for more information. Read More

ACCESSING MY PAY AFTER SEPARATING

Employees who are preparing to leave service should update your My Pay and payroll accounts so you can easily access your pay and tax information without your Common Access Card (CAC). Those records are only kept online for approximately one year before they go offline, making them much harder to obtain if you are threatened… Read More

NEA’s SEASON OF JUSTICE SERIES

Registration is now open for NEA's Center for Social Justice is pleased to announce NEA's Season of Justice 2021, virtual engagements running between June and August, designed to deepen knowledge, build connections, and engage the collective in meaningful conversations on racial and social justice. Be aware that some sessions take place during the school year… Read More

MAY 21, 2021 FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT

TO: FEA Members Worldwide FROM: Brian Chance, FEA President RE: FEA President's Report DATE: May 21, 2021 WAITING FOR RAT ORDERS? If you are an FEA member in the Overseas bargaining unit who has applied for RAT orders for this summer but you have not yet received those orders, please use the link below to… Read More

INFO ON PCS TAX, RITA

At FEA's request, DoDEA has posted a current summary of the PCS Tax issue, including an explanation of the Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) that details how RITA is calculated and how affected employees can apply for it. That article is posted on DoDEA Connects. Those who are unable to access DoDEA Connects because they… Read More

RESTRICTION OF MOVEMENT REIMBURSEMENT

Association action has led to a renewed chance at reimbursement of expenses incurred as a result of some members being required to quarantine themselves in hotel rooms following RAT travel last year. Employees who were in ROM (Restriction of Movement) during their return to PDS at a hotel during their summer 2020 RAT period and… Read More

SPECIAL ENROLLMENT, NEW FLEXIBILITIES ANNOUNCED FOR FEDERAL FSAs

OPM announced this week it is allowing new flexibilities to the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) and will be offering a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) soon for health care and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts. During the SEP, details of which will be announced by OPM and FSAFEDS in the near future, participants in… Read More

OVERSEAS SALARY FIGURES RELEASED

The review of data for SY 20-21 salaries in FEA's Overseas bargaining unit has been completed. Here is the AVERAGE rate of increase (across all steps and pay lanes) for FEA members in the Overseas unit. Classroom Teachers -- 1.64% Guidance Counselors -- 1.47% School Psychologists -- 1.52% Speech Pathologists - 1.70% Read the April… Read More

COVID BILL CONTAINS PAID LEAVE FOR FEDS

Federal employees suffering from COVID-19 or caring for an individual affected by the virus may be eligible for up to an additional 600 hours of paid family medical leave, under a provision in the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. According to FedSmith.com (read the article here), the legislation included $570 million in… Read More

MURISON TRAINING IS VOLUNTARY

This week, DoDEA issued a memo acknowledging that the Murison training provided to certain special education educators in the Overseas bargaining unit is voluntary, not mandatory, as the educators had initially been told. When the Murision training was first proposed by DoDEA, management told the association the training would be voluntary. However, when information on… Read More