Federal Agencies Streamline Overseas Telework for Employees

The first lady commends the departments’ actions to facilitate employment for military spouses abroad.

The Departments of State and Defense are updating the process for federal employees working overseas as part of the Domestic Employees Teleworking Overseas (DETO) program. The departments signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the White House this week, pledging to simplify arrangements for those working from military residences overseas.

Last year, President Biden signed an executive order that required the departments to streamline the process, “to promote consistency and effective coordination in the implementation of the DETO program across the executive branch.”

First Lady Jill Biden stated that the agencies’ actions are “making it easier for the federal government to hire [military spouses], encouraging federal employers to give spouses time off when they have to move, and reducing child care costs for military families.“

The first lady added, “A critical part of the Executive Order is allowing military spouses who work for the federal government to take those jobs with them if they have to PCS overseas. With today’s agreement, we’re making that a reality.“

Congressional legislators are also considering expanding and making permanent programs that improve military spouse employment.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the president and first lady as they advocate for federal employment opportunities for military spouses.
  • For wisdom for federal officials in the executive and legislative branches as they seek to improve overseas federal employment.

Sources: Military Times, The White House, Federal News Network


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