Priority Issues

At any time, AFSA is working on a number of issues, which help our members and strengthen the Foreign Service. Whether these have to do with conditions of work, benefits and pay, assignments, evaluations or security issues, AFSA is working on it. Below, we detail our major ongoing priority issues and provide a short explanation of AFSA’s position on the issue.

Overseas Comparability Pay

Legislative Issues


Conditions of Work

  • Core Precepts
  • Strategy to Address Mid-Level Staffing Gap
  • Generalist Mid-Level Entry
  • Hiring Mechanisms
  • Rehired Annuitant Employment (WAE)
  • Waivers on Suspension of Annuities for WAE/Salary and Hours Caps
  • Equalizations of Benefits between Agencies
  • Transparency and Fairness in Security Clearances
  • Separate Maintenance Allowance
  • Worldwide Availability
  • War Zone Parity with Military (Tax and Health)
  • USAID/State Coordination and Amalgamation
  • Low Ranking
  • Retirement Age
  • Diplomatic Privileges and Status of Specialists
  • Security of Employee Data
  • Appropriate Safety and Security Measures

Professionalism and Ethics

Family/Dependent Issues

Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR)

If you feel that AFSA should devote its energy and attention to additional issues, please do not hesitate to let us know. Send us an email to