The Foreign Service Journal - January/February 2014 - page 57

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2014
57
AFSA NEWS
2014 AFSA Dues Rates Hike
BY JANET HEDRICK,
DIRECTOR OF MEMBER SERVICES
In accordance with AFSA’s bylaws, AFSA has increased dues
for 2014 by 1.5 percent for all individual membership catego-
ries. This increase will provide the association with a stable
and predictable income source, which allows AFSA to con-
tinue offering excellent member services and benefits. This
modest adjustment, just pennies per pay period, correlates
to the 3rd-quarter Consumer Price Index increase published
by the Department of Labor and used by the Social Security
Administration to calculate the 2014 Cost-of-Living Adjust-
ment increases.
Active-duty and retired members paying dues via payroll
and annuity deduction will see a small, automatic increase
in the amount deducted from their paychecks and annuities.
Those paying annually will be billed the new rate on their regu-
larly scheduled renewal date.
The new rates are as follows:
Active-Duty
Foreign Service Grades 2014 Annual 2014 Biweekly
SFS
$390.95
$15.05
FS 1-3
$302.25
$11.65
FS 4-6
$173.05
$6.65
FS 7-9
$91.50
$3.50
Retiree
Annuity Levels
2014 Annual 2014 Monthly
Under $25,000
$67.15
$5.60
$25,000-50,000
$105.50
$8.80
$50,000-75,000
$140.90
$11.75
Over $75,000
$176.40
$14.70
Retiree Spouse/Partner $52.75
$4.40
Associate
Category 2014 Annual
Associate Membership $108.40
Retired Associate $66.35
Nominate a Colleague for a Constructive Dissent Award
The American Foreign Ser-
vice Association is seeking
nominations for its Con-
structive Dissent Awards
Program. For more than 40
years, these awards have
recognized Foreign Service
employees who work within
the system to change policies
or management regulations
for the better.
AFSA’s dissent awards
are unique in the federal
government. Foreign Ser-
vice employees who have
expressed dissent to effect
change—without going pub-
lic—through conversations,
meetings, e-mails to superi-
ors, memoranda, cables or
other formats, are eligible. 
While the Foreign Service
values professionalism and
consensus, these same intel-
lectual and personal qualities
have led some of our most
qualified employees to dis-
sent. Many of those who have
been singled out for a dissent
award have risen to the high-
est ranks,
We urge all members of
the Foreign Service to now
consider nominating a col-
league who has shown intel-
lectual and moral courage to
improve policy or manage-
ment in furthering United
States diplomacy. 
Recipients will be rec-
ognized at AFSA’s annual
awards ceremony held in
BY PERRI GREEN, COORDINATOR FOR SPECIAL AWARDS AND OUTREACH
the department’s Benjamin
Franklin Diplomatic Recep-
tion Room in June.  This year
the awards ceremony will
also be part of our broader
program to recognize the
90th  anniversary of the U. S.
Foreign Service.
Please help AFSA con-
tinue to honor and recognize
honesty and independent
thinking by nominating a
Foreign Service employee for
an AFSA dissent award.
There are four awards:
The Christian A. Herter
Award for senior officers;
the William R. Rivkin Award
for mid-level officers; the W.
Averell Harriman Award for
entry-level officers and the
F. Allen "Tex" Harris Award
for specialists. Learn more at
. The
deadline for nominations is
Feb. 28.
We are pleased to
announce that the Una Chap-
man Cox Foundation (www.
uccoxfoundation.org) is the
new sponsor of the W. Averell
Harriman Award. We greatly
appreciate their support to
help to ensure the ongoing
viability of our constructive
dissent awards program.
AFSA is grateful for the
continued sponsorship from
the Rivkin family for the Wil-
liam R. Rivkin award, and the
Delavan Foundation for the F.
Allen “Tex” Harris award.
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