Open Season Information

Open season for application for qualification to the Expanded Professional Associates Program (EPAP) has begun and will be open until October 31, 2014. Eligible applicants may now view the announcement and submit their application for qualification. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, October 31, 2014. Any applications submitted after that time will not be considered. Please review the documents below for important information concerning the program before submitting your application.

General Information

EPAP is the newest Family Liaison Office (FLO) program (it was established in 2008 and moved to FLO oversight and management in 2012), EPAP provides 186 professional level Foreign Service full-time positions, funded centrally, primarily by the Department of State and some through ICASS, to U.S. citizen eligible family members serving overseas. Each Regional Bureau is authorized a number of these positions, as determined by the Under Secretary for Management.

EPAP positions are available in Economics, Management, Political, Public Diplomacy, Financial Management, General Services, Human Resources, Information Management, Office Management or Medical (physician or nurse) areas. The pay grades run from FP-07 to FP-04.

Posts identify which positions they would like filled via EPAP and request positions through their respective Regional Bureau. Later this fall, Regional Bureaus will create a list of available positions, which FLO will advertise. Beginning with this open season, positions will be advertised separately from the qualification process. The Regional Bureaus make all hiring decisions based on a range of factors. There can only be 186 filled EPAP positions in total.

FLO administers and coordinates the application cycle; convenes the Qualifications Evaluations Panels (QEP); advises candidates of the results of the QEP; and provides the Regional Bureaus with a list of qualified candidates available for consideration.

For general questions regarding the program, please email

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