NB_280_19_6 - NB 280-19-6 INC – Updated Information on International Travel Procedures
NB 280-19-6 INC – Updated Information on International Travel Procedures
National Bulletin: 280-19-6 Date: April 19, 2019 
Subject: INC – Updated Information on International Travel Procedures

Purpose.   To highlight changes in applying for Official Passport and availability of mandatory training.    
Expiration Date.  September 30, 2019   
Explanation.  The Department of State (DOS) is requesting employees applying for new official passports or renewals to fill out DS-82 and DS-11 Passport Applications online at https://pptform.state.gov/.  These are to be filled out online and printed with the barcode, but not submitted online.  Send completed and printed passport applications to Marita McCree, program analyst, IPD in NHQ by trackable method.  Filling out the applications online will eliminate typos and illegible markings and will provide a more professional submission to DOS.

Effective January 1, 2019, DOS requires employees engaged in Temporary Duty (TDY) less than 45 days in a calendar year for official travel to any country to complete the High Threat Security Online Seminar (HTSOS).  HTSOS is available in AgLearn and is a free 5-hour online course that can be taken from a computer or mobile device.  Registration for HTSOS can be completed by a supervisor assigning the course or by the employee selecting self-enrollment (under Administration on left side of screen in AgLearn).  After completion of the training, employees will receive a certificate valid for 5 years.  Email a scanned copy of the completion certificate to marita.mccree@wdc.usda.gov for International Programs Division (IPD) files.  HTSOS is an elective course in AgLearn.  You may move through the content of the course without being enrolled, but it will not track your progress or provide a certificate of completion.


Also effective January 1, 2019, DOS requires employees on permanent assignment or TDY for 45 days or more days during the calendar year to complete the Foreign Affairs Counter Threat (FACT) course.  Contact IPD for instructions on registering for FACT.  


Completion of these mandatory courses is non-negotiable and waivers will not be granted.       

Contact.  If further information is needed, please contact Marita McCree, program analyst, at (202) 720-1830. 




Acting Deputy Chief for Management and Strategy 

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