MEMORANDUM FOR SEE DISTRIBUTION
SUBJECT: Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
1. The purpose of this memorandum is the reemphasize that all Department of the Army civilian employees/selectees must identify exceptional family members with special education and medically related service needs each time they process for an assignment outside the United States where family member travel is authorized at Government expense. All Army EFMP policies and procedures are specified in Army Regulation (AR) 600-75, Exceptional Family Member Program, to include specific provisions for civilian personnel office (CPO) personnel.
2. The EFMP proponent, U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center, conducts site visits on a regular basis to assess a member of the CPO Staff is an integral part of this review. Recently, on one such visit, the CPO was cited for not only failing to implement the program, but also for not being aware of the AR requirements. This is unacceptable, particularly since Army EFMP provisions emanate from Department of Defense (DOD) requirements. While civilians have complete freedom of choice regarding their job decisions and assurance that EFMP information will not affect their selection for a particular assignment, the information is critical. It ensures a smooth transition for the employee. The candid, upfront exchange of information regarding family needs and availability of services enables the individual to make informed decisions about the proposed move, and also allows for adequate planning by the medical and educational departments providing the services outside the United States.
3. Request your cooperation in the immediate and widespread circulation of the importance that all CPO personnel familiarize themselves with EFMP requirements. We must fulfill our responsibilities as part of the overall EFMP team effort if the program is to run effectively and meet DOD requirements. In order that the information is relayed to employee/selectees, CPOs should market the requirements extensively so that all those who are planning or processing to go outside the United States are aware.
FOR THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF FOR PERSONNEL: