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GCLO: New Name, Same Advocacy, Programs and Services 

The Family Liaison Office (FLO) has a new name! Our office in now the Global Community Liaison Office (GCLO).

For more than 40 years, FLO has served the foreign service community both domestically and overseas. Changing the office name to GCLO better reflects the people we serve, while continuing to offer programs and services to all employees and family members.

The office was initially established to advocate for family members and provide programs and services to the larger foreign service community. The office has maintained its mission through broad outreach and oversight of the worldwide Community Liaison Office (CLO) program. GCLO will continue to provide services and resources, such as evacuations and personal crises support, family member employment initiatives, and education and youth guidance to help families and employees make informed decisions.

In considering a name change, we engaged key stakeholders and facilitated community focus groups with a diverse selection of participants reflective of the foreign service community. Participants commented that FLO’s new name should represent the greater community and should reflect and include diverse individuals and family types. They also noted that the use of “Family” in FLO’s name may imply that FLO’s services are not for all employees and family members, and that the word “community” more accurately represents the mission of the office.

Given these key considerations, Global Community Liaison Office (GCLO) was selected as the new office name. GCLO will continue to provide advocacy, programs, and services to all employees and family members.

U.S. Department of State

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