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Michelle Neyland | Congressional Advisor & Advocate

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Episode  ·  39:43  ·  Feb 13, 2024


More than 40 people nominated Michelle for the Tragen Award in 2023. This huge number illustrates the impact of her volunteer advocacy work on the many EFMs serving as Domestic Employees Teleworking Overseas (DETOs).As we learn about Michelle's fight for fair pay, she highlights the importance of research, building a team, and advocating for systemic change.In discussing her career history, Michelle explains how government contracting helped her get her foot in the door, and how she later figured out how to create a job share arrangement to improve her work-life flexibility.Michelle also shares how teleworking helped her slip back into a familiar role and feel connected to her "before" self when everything else was in flux as she first moved abroad for her spouse's job. BIOMichelle Neyland is a Civil Service Officer and Domestic Employee Teleworking Overseas (DETO) currently based with her family in Bucharest, Romania.She started working at the State Department in 2009, spending 10 years as a digital communications officer at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and then a congressional advisor at the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.In 2023, at a ceremony at the State Department, she received the Eleanor Dodson Tragen Award from the DACOR Bacon House Foundation for the advocacy she did to address a pay inequity and secure locality pay legislation for Civil Service DETOs across the entire U.S. federal government.Read more about Michelle's DETO advocacy work in 2 Federal News Network articles:https://federalnewsnetwork.com/pay/2023/01/hundreds-of-federal-employees-teleworking-overseas-set-to-receive-pay-bump-under-ndaa/https://federalnewsnetwork.com/federal-report/2023/12/feds-teleworking-overseas-got-a-pay-raise-state-dept-honors-an-employee-who-made-it-happen/...EPISODE SPONSORAs a company owned by and employing EFMs, Krozel Capital understands the unique financial challenges faced by U.S. Foreign Service families serving at home and abroad. Their team of tax professionals is well-versed in U.S. tax laws, multi-state and non-resident filings, and reporting income of working spouses while abroad. Krozel Capital is a virtual firm with services tailored to accommodate your unique circumstances, offering online consultation hours and secure document exchange, no matter where you are posted. They also offer fee-only financial planning services through their affiliated firm, Krozel Capital Management. Don't let tax season and financial concerns rob you of time with your family and friends. Contact Krozel Capital today at www.krozelcapital.com to learn more about their services.

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