President’s Update

December 18th, 2023 President’s Report

Happy Holidays I wish all of our members, wherever they are in the world, a happy and restful holiday break. I hope you get time to spend with loved ones. Thank you for your membership and all you’ve done to educate military-connected children in 2023. FEA Files Grievance Over Prep and Lunch Time FEA recently… Read More

November 8th, 2023 President’s Report

Possible gov shutdown starting Nov. 18th DoDEA educators should once again prepare for a possible government shutdown. After a shutdown was narrowly avoided in late September with a funding extension to November 17th, the federal government might see a shutdown starting November 18th. In past shutdowns, DoDEA school-level employees were excepted and schools continued to… Read More

October 11th, 2023 FEA President’s Report

Back in the Field I have just returned, along with FEA Executive Director/General Counsel Richard Tarr, from visiting schools and assisting with trainings in FEA’s Pacific region. This year’s training was especially critical given that Overseas educators are working with a new contract, which they approved in a vote last spring. Thank you to our… Read More

FEA President’s Report August 29th, 2023

Welcome Back! I hope all FEA members had a wonderful and restful summer. Thank you all for your FEA membership, standing with your fellow education employees, and for allowing FEA to stand for you. I hope you all have a great 2023-2024 school year. In case of a government shutdown In the unlikely event that… Read More

FEA President’s Report May 9th, 2023

New Overseas Contract Approved by Overseas Members Last month FEA members in the Overseas bargaining unit ratified the proposed tentative agreement presented to them, marking the first time since 1989 that DoDEA management and FEA Overseas members have agreed upon a contract proposal. The agreement will lead to a new five-year Overseas contract beginning August 1st,… Read More


 FEA FIGHTING FOR RESOLUTION TO HEALTH CARE CRISIS FOR EDUCATORS OVERSEAS DoDEA employees and other federal civilian employees in Japan and Okinawa not covered by Tricare Prime have lost nearly all access to DoD medical facilities under a policy enacted by the Pentagon last year, forcing them to seek medical attention in the Japanese communities… Read More


OVERSEAS CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE After an arbitrator determined in 2022 that DoDEA previously negotiated in bad faith with FEA on the Overseas contract, the Association and the Agency have been making progress in recent negotiations. Over the coming weeks and months, FEA will provide more details to prepare Overseas members for a possible ratification vote… Read More


FEA PRESSING FOR CLARIFICATION ON DODEA’S MISCALCULATION OF RETIREMENT CONTRIBUTIONS Earlier this month DoDEA was informed there was a programming error found within the Defense Civilian Payroll System (DCPS) when retroactive payroll corrections were processed for a prior year. Due to this error, the retirement contributions (from employees and employer) were miscalculated for some employees… Read More


  BACK IN THE FIELD I have just returned from over a month of visiting schools and assisting with trainings in FEA’s Europe and Pacific regions. It was wonderful to meet the leaders stepping up in FEA roles. Thank you for representing educators in your school. Thank you as well to our fantastic UniServ Attorneys… Read More


LEADERSHIP TRAININGS I am currently visiting schools in Europe to help train new FRSs. I will also be going to trainings in Japan, South Korea and Okinawa later this month and early October and will attend the Stateside Council meeting in November. We are extremely grateful to our members for stepping up to fill these… Read More