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The Transition Center is excited to announce the launch of our newly-redesigned OpenNet website! On our new site, you'll find improved navigation for courses and registration, additional resources for those who cannot attend in-class trainings and workshops, and information on resilience courses and the High Stress Assignment Outbrief Program.

We hope our content continues to help us serve our colleagues and their family members throughout the foreign affairs community in assisting with transitions to overseas and domestic assignments. Many of our resources remain available on the Internet to those without OpenNet access, and we continue to make every effort to expand the scope of our reach.

We encourage you to explore our new website and provide us with your comments and feedback at Let us know what you think – our goal is to serve you and your families in navigating the logistics, emotional and physical, of an internationally mobile lifestyle.

Ray Leki, Director
Sharon Hardy, Deputy Director

Post-It of the Month


Whether you're bidding on your next post or getting ready to sail, all foreign affairs personnel and their families can access our Post Info To Go database. Email the OBC with the posts you'd like more information about!

Is Tel Aviv – or any other post – in your future? Here are a few things you should know about this post:

These days, the security situation in Tel Aviv is on everyone's mind. Danger pay was recently increased from 15% to 30% to account for the circumstances on the ground. Post takes the security situation very seriously and takes many precautions to protect those serving in Tel Aviv. Standard common-sense practices for living in a big city also apply, though violent crime is not common.

Tel Aviv is a metropolitan city with a population of about 400,000. Israel is home to some of the oldest historical sites in the world, with plenty of opportunities to take advantage of cultural and archaeological excursions. Those who have served in Tel Aviv say that there are many more opportunities in the region than time to take advantage during a tour. Located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Tel Aviv features warm, rainy winters and hot summers.

Though most items can be found on the local market, quality and cost can vary greatly from the United States. You may want to consider bringing with you many of the items you use daily, or plan on setting up regular shipments.

The embassy has an excellent health unit. Healthcare on the local economy is usually adequate, though it can be very costly. Plan to bring standard medications with you as they can be difficult to locate or very expensive if purchased locally.



Resilince Strategies for Success Overseas
August 26, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Register for this one-day workshop which takes a practical approach and explores the need for personal resilience, including the meanings and definitions of the term. You will develop strategies to increase your personal resilience in order to thrive in an internationally mobile lifestyle. All USG employees and adult families members are encouraged to take this course in preparation for an overseas tour. To enroll, please visit the instructions for tuition-based courses.

Security Training for All Adult Family Members
Offered Several Times Per Month
Security Overseas Seminar (MQ911) is mandatory for employees and highly encouraged for all adult family members. Any adult Eligible Family Member or Member of Household is allowed to register and complete the Security Overseas Seminar which is designed to meet the security awareness needs of U.S. Government personnel and families going overseas.

Security experts offer guidance on a range of topics, including: personal security; safety, health, and environmental hazards; fire safety; evacuation planning; surveillance; hostage survival and more.

For course dates and further information, including registration, please visit our website.

Overseas Briefing Center


OBC's Checklist for Going Overseas
Are you in the process of transitioning to your next post? Make the sometimes stressful process a little easier by using OBC's Checklist for Going Overseas. Part 1 deals with preparing for life at your new post, and Part 2 will help you manage tasks for departing the United States.

Introducing the New Post Info to Go!
The Overseas Briefing Center is very excited about our redesigned Post Info to Go Intranet application! Post Info to Go has been completely integrated with our Personal Post Insights and Pet databases on our Intranet. All post information is easier to access in one place.

New features include the ability to save 10 favorite posts and compare up to three posts at a time, a one-step process to send unlimited post documents, numerous additional search capabilities for bidding, and a new domestic Personal Post Insights database.

Though Post Info to Go remains on the Intranet, we will always email post documents and information to any employee or spouse of a U.S. government foreign affairs agency. Please email and OBC Resource Specialist.

Contact OBC
View OBC's Extended Hours
Foreign Service Institute | Room E-2126
Email Us | 703.302.7276 | Weekdays 8:15 AM – 5:00 PM

Career Transition Center

Upcoming Courses...
Mid-Career Retirement Planning Seminar
Are you more than ten years away from retirement eligibility and in the early-to-mid stages of your career? This two-day future oriented financial and legal seminar is for you!

Course Dates
November 12–13, 2014
January 13–14, 2015
May5–6, 2015
June 10–11, 2015

Retirement Planning Seminar
Do you have fewer than ten years until retirement? Prepare now by attending the four-day seminar.

Course Dates
September 29–October 2 | December 1–4
February 24–27, 2015 | April 6–9, 2015
July 27–30, 2015 | Sept 28–Oct 1, 2015

Job Search (Transition) Program
Leaving full-time U.S. Government work? Focus on your transition and plan the next phase of your professional and personal lives in JSP!

Course Dates
October 6–November 28
March 2–April 24
August 3–September 25, 2015


Transition Center Links                              Partner Offices and Organizations
  » Transition Center                                    » Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide
  » Career Transition Center                      » American Foreign Service Association
  » Overseas Briefing Center                     » Family Liaison Office
  » Foreign Service Life Skills Training    » Foreign Service Youth Foundation
  » Foreign Service Institute                       » Office of Allowances
  » Security Training                                     » Office of Medical Services
  » High Stress Assignment Outbrief       » Overseas Schools
  » Overseas Crisis Readiness                  » Retirement Network
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