The Foreign Service Journal - January/February 2017
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tions within the HR Bureau)

and “employees engaged in

criminal or national secu-

rity investigations of other

employees or who audit the

work of individuals to ensure

that their functions are dis-

charged honestly and with

integrity” (such as employ-

ees assigned to Diplomatic

Security investigative units

or those assigned to the

OIG). See Sections 1012(1)

and (2), 22 USC 4112(1) and

(2) of the Foreign Service


Other Restrictions

As discussed above, the

Foreign Service Act pre-

cludes these categories of

individuals from participat-

ing in labor-management

issues while serving on the

Governing Board.

The Foreign Service Act

also imposes a two-year

“cooling-off period” both

before and after AFSA

service, which restricts

the movement of Foreign

Service employees between

certain positions on the

AFSA Governing Board and

certain Washington-based


• Pre-AFSA restrictions:

Any individual who has

served: 1) in a management

position in Washington in

which he or she has engaged

in labor-management rela-

tions or the formulation

of personnel policies and

programs; or 2) as a confi-

dential employee to one of

these management officials

within two years prior to

taking office in AFSA, is

precluded from participating

in labor-management issues

while serving on the Govern-

ing Board.

• Post-AFSA restric-


Employees who have

participated in collective

bargaining while serving on

the AFSA Governing Board

may not serve: 1) in a man-

agement position in Wash-

ington that involves labor-

management relations or

the formulation of personnel

policies and programs; or 2)

as a confidential employee

to such management posi-

tions, for two years after

leaving AFSA.

Members should con-

sider these restrictions

before deciding whether

to run for AFSA Governing

Board positions covered by

these restrictions.

Please direct questions

regarding this issue to Sha-

ron Papp, General Counsel,

by email:


All other election-related

queries should be addressed

to the Committee on Elec-

tions by email: election@

In addition to the above,

due to AFSA efforts to

educate Congress on issues

related to Foreign Service

conditions of employment,

legislative proposals and

other issues directly impact-

ing the Foreign Service,

employees serving in con-

gressional fellowships may

not serve on the AFSA Gov-

erning Board. A conflict or

potential conflict of interest

exists between their position

in AFSA and their official

duties. AFSA members serv-

ing as congressional fellows

may run for the AFSA Gov-

erning Board provided their

fellowship ends before the

incoming board takes office

on July 15, 2017.

Accepting a



A nominee must indi-

cate his or her acceptance

of a nomination by complet-

ing the online Nomination

Acceptance Form at www. no

later than 5 p.m. EST on Feb.

10, 2017. Any nominee whose

Nomination Acceptance

Form is not received by the

Committee on Elections by

this time will be considered

to have declined candidacy.


All active duty candi-

dates accepting a nomina-

tion must identify the posi-

tion or positions they have

filled for the past two years

by completing the Nomina-

tion Acceptance Form. All

active duty candidates not

seeking a full-time AFSA

position (President, State


VP) must also identify the

department/agency position

they will be serving in begin-

ning on July 15, 2017, when

the Governing Board takes

office. This information is

necessary to ensure compli-

ance with section 1017(e) of

the Foreign Service Act.


All candidates accept-

ing a nomination must

be members of the con-

stituency for which they are

being nominated. However,

an active-duty member may

run to be a retiree represen-

tative, if he or she will be

retired on July 15.


1. Campaign State-


All candidates will

be given the opportunity

to submit campaign state-

ments for dissemination

to AFSA members with the

election ballots. Further

information regarding such

statements and editorial

deadlines is contained in

“Instructions to Candi-

dates,” which will be posted

by the Elections Committee

on the AFSA website



by Jan. 3, 2017.

2. Supplementary



candidates wish to mail

supplementary statements

to the membership, AFSA

will make its membership

mailing list or address labels

available to the candidate

upon request and at their

expense. Further informa-

tion on this and other cam-

paign procedures is included

in “Instructions to Candi-

dates,” mentioned above.

3. Other Methods of



ment of Labor requirements

prohibit individuals from

using government resources

(including government email

accounts) to campaign for

AFSA positions. Candidates

will be able to participate

in the online AFSA Com-

munity Open Forum from

their personal computers/

devices during non-working

hours. This online forum

will be open to all members

for whom AFSA has a valid

personal email address.