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wrestlingshadows81  
#1 Posted : Thursday, June 10, 2021 9:17:15 AM(UTC)
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So I am a GS-11 and my wife recently also became a GS-11 federal employee. Is there a for one of us to receive an overseas assignment and one of us also get slotted for a position at the same installation? Or is the only thing we can do is apply regularly, one of us gets a position, we move, and one of us gives up the position temporarily until a position at the overseas assignment opens up?
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#2 Posted : Thursday, June 10, 2021 11:03:15 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: wrestlingshadows81 Go to Quoted Post
So I am a GS-11 and my wife recently also became a GS-11 federal employee. Is there a for one of us to receive an overseas assignment and one of us also get slotted for a position at the same installation? Or is the only thing we can do is apply regularly, one of us gets a position, we move, and one of us gives up the position temporarily until a position at the overseas assignment opens up?


No. I am pretty sure I have seen a spouse hired surprisingly soon after a primary, but never in a coordinate manner.

Depending on the positions that you and your spouse are interested, try to find locations where you can both apply at same time. This would be the ideal, if you were both able to secure your own offer.

One thing with the idea of one of you giving up the position to follow… even if that person is selected for a position once overseas, they aren’t going to have return rights, and likely won’t be eligible for PPP at end of tour. It is also sometimes difficult for spouses to get employment overseas, depending on location and skillset, so you should be prepared for possibility for the following party not finding a job.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, June 10, 2021 6:20:13 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: wrestlingshadows81 Go to Quoted Post
...and one of us gives up the position temporarily until a position at the overseas assignment opens up?


Just to be clear since I may be reading this wrong, but whoever becomes the dependent doesn't give up the position temporarily; they have to resign.
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#4 Posted : Thursday, June 10, 2021 10:04:14 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: wrestlingshadows81 Go to Quoted Post
...and one of us gives up the position temporarily until a position at the overseas assignment opens up?



There may be an option (for the one who ends up the dependent) to take LWOP for a period of time in order to help with transition until they get their own fed job.

I also know of several couples that have either both gotten their own job offers OCONUS in a short period of time, or have had one become a dependent until arrival and eventually found a fed job.
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