Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services are available and can be helpful in providing confidential counseling and coaching with experienced, licensed counselors - including legal and financial consultation. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) continuously sponsors employee and supervisor courses and workshops at the Pentagon (Pentagon Library and Conference Center and DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic) and at the Mark Center. Thoth Solutions, Inc. provides EAP services for the Pentagon and Mark Center. To find out about current EAP offerings, if you are not one of their e-mail subscribers, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-692-8917.
- Ongoing training courses and workshops
- Short-term counseling
- Follow Up
- Crisis Intervention
- Mark Center: Rm. B1E02-A (East Tower) Phone Number: 571-372-5617
- Pentagon: Rm.224 of the DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic on Corridor 8 of the Pentagon. Phone Number: 703-692-8917
Registration is required for all courses and workshops as seating is limited. All sessions are free and open to all WHS/OSD civilians, military, and contractor personnel. Earlier this year, EAP offered numerous furlough-related courses on topics covering stress, financial planning, and psychological resiliency. In addition, employees may want to contact their financial institution or credit union or learn about their options through the Thrift Savings Plan. Additional information can be found in the EAP Brochure.
For credit union/bank financial planning support, see Financial Planning during Civilian Furlough.
For additional financial support through other employee assistance programs such as Emergency Assistance Program, Child Care Subsidy Program, and Annual Scholarship Competition, please see Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund.
CFC-Supported Charities Help You Cope during the Furlough
With the Department's furlough fast approaching, the loss of income may put some employees in a particularly tough spot economically, in the short term. While you probably don't remember all those combined Federal Campaign (CFC) programs listed in the 136-page Catalog of Caring, distributed last summer, two CFC programs may be of interest and serve as valuable resources to you and your family-the "2-1-1" program and familywize. These two programs are described below.
The "2-1-1," a program supported by the United Way, is a free, easy-to-remember, non-emergency telephone number that connects people to vital health and human services programs, information and referrals in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Highly trained Call Center Specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide information about the full range of available community services, such as food assistance, shelter, non-emergency medical help and much more. Visit the website at National Capital Region 2-1-1 for more information.
United Way of the National Capital Area also has partnered with familywize to bring prescription discounts to individuals and families not covered by health insurance or those who do not have adequate medical coverage. It is easy to use a familywize Free Prescription Card. There are no forms to fill out, no waiting period or registration. The card is like a reusable prescription coupon on all FDA approved medicines. Anyone in your family, at your workplace, church, or neighborhood can use it immediately. You can even use it if you have health insurance, both during deductible periods and for anything your insurance does not pay for. Plus, if you have an older child living with you who no longer qualifies to be covered under your policy, he or she also can use the discount. You can access this via the internet or text messages. Visit Familywize or send the text message "FAMILY" to 700700 for more information.
Financial Planning (Sponsored by Money Management International)
Earlier this year, HRD sponsored numerous financial planning seminars offered by Money Management International (MMI), the largest nonprofit, full-service credit counseling organization in the nation to Washington Headquarter Services (WHS) and Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) employees. Those who attended these seminars raved about the information presented and the speaker, Rosemary Hill, Regional Director of Education. MMI has served the greater Washington, DC, area since 1979. As an organization, it is focused on improving lives through financial education. Currently, no additional MMI financial seminars are being sponsored by WHS/HRD; however, if your organization is interested in having Ms. Hill speak to your employees, you may contact her directly at Rosemary.Hill@moneymanagement.org to make arrangements.
To take advantage of all the tools and resources available through MMI, visit Money Management International or call 888-845-5669. Counselors are available 24/7 to assist you in the areas of financial, debt and budget counseling, housing, reverse mortgages, and bankruptcy.
The Financial Management Directorate provides planning, programming, budgeting & execution, and accounting services to WHS and its customers. These services include budget formulation, defense, and execution; financial management, internal audit, and compliance; budgetary accounting; financial reporting; Official Representation Funds management; purchase card and travel card program management; and resource management. The Director of the Financial Management Directorate is Ms. Roberta Lowe.
For more information, visit the Financial Management Directorate page.