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State Department Resources

The Family Liaison Office of the Department of State offers a wide variety of publications regarding State Department procedures.  Many are downloadable at the FLO page of the State Department website.  For an overview of State Department services for family members visit our State Department Resources section. http://www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/

List of bidding resources from the Overseas Briefing Center at the Department of State http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/c10391.htm

List of publications available at the Overseas Briefing Center, including the Foreign Service Assignment Notebook  http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/c9649.htm

“It’s Your Move” the State Department’s published guides to official transfers  http://www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/rsrcs/pubs/77356.htm

Office of Logistics Management  http://www.state.gov/m/a/c8018.htm

Pet travel information from the Overseas Briefing Center  http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/tc/c10442.htm

State Department telephone directories are available online in PDF format. Includes key officers at overseas posts. http://www.state.gov/m/a/gps/directory/

The State Department issues Background Notes on each country in which the U.S. has an official presence http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/

The State Department maintains updated travel warnings on various countries http://travel.state.gov/

Human Rights Reports from the Department of State http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/hrrpt/

Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) and Foreign Affairs Handbook http://www.state.gov/m/a/dir/regs/fam/

Department of State’s Standardized Regulations (DSSR) http://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=231&menu_id=81

Federal travel regulations from the General Services Administration http://www.gsa.gov/ftr

The U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools. Resources for students, parents, and teachers. Find schools in any country. For a summary of services, please visit our State Department Resources section. http://www.state.gov/m/a/os/

The 1972 State Department Directive on Wives of Foreign Service Employees http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1969-76v02/d341

Other Post Research Resources

Real Post Reports
Reviews of cities all over the world written by those “on the ground.”
This website was founded by American diplomatic family members and many
of the post reports are written by U.S. Embassy community members. http://www.realpostreports.com

eDiplomat
This site offers edited versions of the official State Department post reports. http://ediplomat.com/

Office of the Inspector General
Reports from the Office of the Inspector General on the state of various posts around the world. Focus on embassy functions, post morale, and relations with the host country. http://oig.state.gov/lbry/

Library of Congress Studies
The Library of Congress Country Studies are now available online.
Each volume deals with an individual country “describing
and analyzing its political, economic, social, and national security systems
and institutions, and examining the interrelationships of those systems
and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.” http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html

CIA World Factbook
The CIA World Factbook is a good reference when researching posts for
employment or other factors.  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html

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