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GCLO remains committed to serving employees and family members as you navigate the impact of COVID-19. Whether you are continuing to adjust to a “new norm” Stateside or while posted abroad, the following resources may be useful. Feel free to reach out to the GCLO team with any questions or specific concerns.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Visit the CDCDepartment of State (DOS), and OPM websites for official guidance and information on COVID-19. For additional information, view Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates and Resources

Travel Resources

Education and Youth Resources

Visit GCLO’s Education and Youth page for additional information and resources that may be helpful during this time.

Employment Resources

Family Member Employment Overseas

  • GCLO’s Global Employment Advisors (GEA) are available to support family members with developing federal resumes and reviewing applications. Locate your GEA, view helpful employment webinars, and learn how a GEA can assist you.
  • The Federal Government is hiring across a wide range of career fields to help respond to the COVID-19 national emergency. View a list of the positions on USAJOBS.
  • Security Clearance FAQs

Family Member Employment in or Returning to the U.S.:

Teleworking Resources 

Support Services Resources 

        • Resources for Resilience During COVID-19 and Resilience Boosting Webinars (FSI’s Center of Excellence in Foreign Affairs Resilience)  
        • Daily Activities and Going Out (CDC)   
        • MED’s Office of Employee ConsultatioServices (ECS)
          • ECS is a completely free and confidential counseling resource for DOS direct hires and eligible family members who may need support to cope with stress relating to the outbreak of COVID-19. Non-DOS direct hires and eligible family members under Chief of Mission may access ECS services if their agencies’ respective employee assistance programs are inaccessible. To schedule an appointment, please email MEDECS@state.gov or call ECS at our new telephone number: +1-202-634-4874. 
        • Getting Started with Long-Distance Caregiving (NIH’s National Institute on Aging)
        • Unaccompanied Tours Resources
        • WorkLife4You  (WL4Y) is the Department of State’s 24/7 Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for employees and their family members. WL4Y provides free 24/7 counseling, education, and referral services that help Department of State employees and family members find the programs, providers, information, and resources they need to manage personal and professional responsibilities. Counselors will help determine what services are needed and available and refer to appropriate providers. Call them for 24/7 personalized assistance, read articles and educational guides on their website, order topic related kits, engage in monthly live talk, watch webinars and listen to audios or ask for a free in-person elder care assessment from a qualified Professional Care Manager. In addition, The WL4Y Emergency Backup Dependent Care provides 24/7 access to specialists to arrange care in advance or at the last minute for every member of the family as well as, aging loved ones. WL4Y provides up to five ten (10) days of adult backup care with a  low co-pay if you use a nationwide care center or 100% reimbursement if you use friends or family members. Backup care services can only be used for care taking place within the United States and U.S. territories.Department of State, both Civil Service and Foreign Service employees and family members are eligible to use WorkLife4You .

      ** Employees of agencies other than the Department of State should check with their headquarters for guidance pertaining to their contracted Employee Assistance Program.

Crisis Management Resources 

For crisis management resources, visit the following GCLO pages:

FSI’s Transition Center Resources

Post Information 

The Overseas Briefing Center (OBC) is providing support for the foreign affairs community via telework, including assistance in the areas of bidding and assignment post-specific research, preparation planning for a move overseas or a return to the United States, and resources for international relocations. Check with the OBC for updates on in-person visits.

U.S. Department of State

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