Department of Defense Education Activity

HR Announcements


Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) announces premium rates changes effective October 1, 2021

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is announcing changes in premium rates for certain Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) categories. These include changes to premium rates for Employee Basic Insurance, Option A (most age bands), Option B (most age bands), Option C (most age bands), and Post-Retirement Basic Insurance. These rates will be effective the first pay period beginning on or after October 1, 2021.

FEGLI premium rates are assessed based on Program experience in accordance with FEGLI statutes at 8711(b), 8714a(e), 8714b(e), and 8714c(e), and OPM's Annual FEGLI Rate Review Process. The premium rates in the FEGLI program represent estimates of premium income necessary to pay future expected benefits costs. The rates for all coverage categories are specific to the experience of the FEGLI group and are not based on mortality rates within the general population. Actuarial analysis of changing mortality rates makes periodic premium adjustments necessary.

Why are the premiums rates increased?

OPM has completed a study of funding and claims experience within the FEGLI Program. Based on this updated actuarial analysis of actual claims experience, OPM has determined that changes are required to Employee Basic, Option A, Option B, Option C and Post-Retirement Basic Insurance premiums. These changes reflect updated mortality and claims rates from actual program experience within each FEGLI category. The legislative structure of the FEGLI Program assumes that we set premium rates for each age band independently of the other bands so that each age band is financially self-supporting. These rates will be effective the first pay period beginning on or after October 1, 2021.

References: Benefits Administration Letter (BAL 21-204 Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Premium Rates Changes

FREE virtual conferences sponsored by The Conference Board

DoDEA Human Resource – Human Capital Training, Education and Professional Development team is excited to announce the following training opportunities provided by Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service, Talent Development Directorate, Career and Professional Development Division.

DoD employees are being afforded an opportunity to attend an array of free virtual conferences sponsored by The Conference Board. The Conference Board, considered a Broadening Program, serves as a think tank that delivers trusted insights dealing with subjects impacting business and society. These insights deal with subjects associated with Human Capital, Marketing and Communications, Environmental, Social & Governance, just to name a few and are for all grade levels and ranks.

Your attendance at these virtual conferences will tap into the full range of topics, speakers, insights, and peer connections for which The Conference Board Conferences are known. The virtual conferences are scheduled through November 2021 with unlimited attendance.

Attached are the other free virtual Conferences offered to you by The Conference Board, which identifies Conference titles and the links to their descriptions.

To attend a conference, you must first setup a conference board account. There may be some DoD employees who have previously attended conferences conducted by The Conference Board and therefore will already have conference board accounts. However, for those who "don’t" already have a Conference Board account, in order for you to attend any conference, you must first establish an account with The Conference Board. Once you establish an account, you will have the ability, as a DoD employee, to register for any one or all of the free virtual conferences that are being made available to you through November 2021.

Temporary Continuation of Health Coverage

Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) is available to: (1) employees who lose their Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program coverage because they leave their Federal jobs, (2) children who lose their FEHB Program family member status because they reach age 26, and (3) former spouses who lose their FEHB Program family member status because of divorce or annulment. TCC allows former employees to continue their FEHB Program coverage for up to 18 months, and former family members (children and former spouses) to continue FEHB Program coverage for up to 36 months. TCC enrollees must pay the full premium for the plan they select (that is, both the employee and Government shares of the premium) plus a 2 percent administrative charge.

For more information about TCC, please review the TCC pamphlet at

On March 11, 2021, the President signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).

Section 9501 of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides assistance to eligible individuals covered under COBRA premium subsidies for up to six months. Under ARPA, an assistance eligible individual is someone who, in the time period between April 1 and Sept. 30, 2021, is eligible for COBRA coverage due to an involuntary termination or a reduction in hours and elects such coverage. However, the law does not provide premium assistance for those covered under FEHB temporary continuation of coverage (TCC) provisions under 5 U.S. Code § 8905a. Former federal employees and others covered under TCC are not eligible for ARPA subsidies.

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) gives workers and their families who lose their health benefits the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan for limited periods of time under certain circumstances such as voluntary or involuntary job loss, reduction in the hours worked, transition between jobs, death, divorce, and other life events. Qualified individuals may be required to pay the entire premium for coverage up to 102% of the cost to the plan.

COBRA generally requires that group health plans sponsored by employers with 20 or more employees in the prior year offer employees and their families the opportunity for a temporary extension of health coverage (called continuation coverage) in certain instances where coverage under the plan would otherwise end. COBRA outlines how employees and family members may elect continuation coverage. It also requires employers and plans to provide notice.

Temporary Teaching Opportunities with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Virtual School for the Second Semester of SY 2020/2021

The following vacancy announcements are open in USAJOBS for temporary second semester Virtual School educator positions Not to Exceed June 30, 2021. Interested candidates must be residing in the Area of the announcement to be eligible to receive consideration. The application deadline is November 27, 2020. Current DoDEA educators are not eligible to be considered for these positions.

Interested applicants residing in the United States 

Interested applicants currently residing in Europe 

Interested applicants currently residing in the Pacific

Termination of FEHB and FEDVIP eligibility of children of same-sex domestic partners living overseas effective September 30, 2018

Agencies that were granted an exception are now being instructed to provide notification to employees that the period is ending. Notification letters should be provided to the parents of minor children, and the adult children of domestic partners living overseas. The notice is to include information on the date of termination, September 30, 2018, and that children are eligible for a 31-day extension of coverage. Children will also have the right to convert to an individual plan offered by the carrier, or elect coverage under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) program. The elections children make under TCC can be carried for up to 36 months from the date coverage ended under the FEHB program. Unlike FEHB, there is no extension of coverage or right to convert to an individual policy under FEDVIP. Any children that utilized the exception period to gain coverage will lose FEDVIP coverage effective September 30, 2018.

Recruitment/Career Fairs

Recruitment/Career Fairs
9/21/18 AUCC -Clark Atlanta Univ.,Spelman & Morehouse College 13:00 - 18:00  40 John Portman Boulevard NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 Only open to AUCC students and alumni
9/21/18 Military Hiring Event-Career Resource Mgmt. Center & Wounded Warrior Regiment 09:00 - 14:00 The Clubs at Quantico and Crossroads Events Center 3017 Russell Rd, Quantico, VA 22134 Open to Wounded Warriors (9-10)/Open to Public (10-2)
10/25/2018 Ft. Belvoir Career Fair 09:00-14:00 Fort Belvoir Community Center 10300 Taylor Road, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060 Open to Wounded Warriors (9-10)/Open to Veterans & Family Members, Spouses , Members of the Guard & Reserve & Family members, and DOD employees (10-2).
11/6/2018 Military Hiring Event 08:00-13:30 The Bolling Club-Theisen Street, Building 50, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, DC 20032 Open to active duty service members, Guard and Reserve, Veterans, and Military Spouses.


Defense Collaboration Services (DCS) Schedule

Defense Collaboration Services (DCS) provides secure web conferencing and instant messaging services on the Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet) and Secure Internet Protocol Routing Network (SIPRNet), and is accessible via the Internet. This open source real time collaboration service is available to over four million DOD personnel and mission partners and routinely serves 46 thousand web conference users weekly and 16 thousand concurrent chat users daily. DCS resides on milCloud, a datacenter virtualized hosting environment, and supports Common Access Card (CAC) and select hard token holders and guest (DOD mission partners) users.

Upcoming Training

Welcome / Overview / Intro to the ABC:

June 20th, Wednesday @ 1400 CST/1500 EST

Work Transfer information briefing:

June 26th, Tuesday @ 0700

June 28th, Thursday @ 1400 CST/1500 EST

July 2nd, Monday @ 1000

July 5th, Thursday @ 1500/1600 EST