September 2023

Fiscal year 2024: First quarter

As the Department of Defense develops and implements policies and programs to care for its service members, civilians and families, it must apply an “overseas lens” to enterprise-level problem sets to derive solutions that ensure equal access to opportunities and resources across the globe.

  • Fiscal year 23 National Defense Authorization Act OCOLA implementation: Limits the frequency of reductions to twice per year (November and May); however, allows for continuous increases to OCOLA throughout the year.

          FAQs - OCOLA decrease (Nov. 2023) 

          OCOLA adjustment process

  • Effective January 2024, service members may receive an entitlement to cover pet expenses up to 2K for OCONUS PCS moves.
  • DoDEA Universal Pre-Kindergarten Phase I schools will begin enrollment for school year 2024-25. Release of the school list is forthcoming.
  • ECJ1 initiatives to update host nation agreements to remove barriers to spousal employment are ongoing. For example, on Aug. 30, 2023, the Italian Director or Political Affairs will authorize telework for DoD dependents employed by U.S.-based public and private sector entities.
  • Additionally, the German Federal Ministry of Finance issued a new directive stating U.S. military and civilian personnel who arrived under the NATO Status of Forces Agreement can’t have their pay taxed by Germany.