Family Member Appointment - FMA
The Family Member Appointment (FMA) is a hiring mechanism used to employ U.S. citizen Eligible Family Members (EFMs) who serve in embassies and consulates around the world. The FMA, first introduced on May 24, 1998, allows family members to earn benefits, including:
- Annual leave
- Sick leave
- Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)
- Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB)
- Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI)
- Thrift Savings Plan
- Executive Order (E.O.) 12721: Non Competitive Eligibility
Family members on FMAs should become more actively involved in their personnel actions and records. The post provides employees with the appropriate benefits-related forms so that employee records can be updated correctly in the Department of State's central personnel system. EFMs must ensure that these forms are completed and returned to the appropriate bureau or office on time and should retain copies for their own records.
Upon being offered an FMA, the family member sits down with a Human Resources Officer (HRO) and discusses the available benefits options. Some elections made at this time have long term consequences. Family member appointees should have their personnel documentation with them, should read carefully the guidance and regulations relevant to the new appointment, and should follow up to make sure the elections have been made correctly. Particular attention should be paid to prior USG appointments, pre-1987, that conferred retirement benefits.
The Family Liaison Office (FLO) and the Office of Overseas Employment (OE) are the primary points of contact for questions. Download the FLO FMA Brochure.
Remember, it is more important than ever for you to keep copies of all personnel actions and hand carry all documents when you move. List of personal documents to hand carry when moving.
Information provided by the Family Liaison Office
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