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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017

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DEADL I NE APPROACHES FOR

D I SSENT AND PERFORMANCE NOMI NAT I ONS

ANNOUNCEMENT

AFSA NEWS

It’s your last chance to nominate someone for a 2017

AFSA Constructive Dissent or Exemplary Performance

Award. The deadline for nominations is

Feb. 28, 2017.

AFSA proudly recognizes constructive dissent

within the systemwith four separate awards: The

W. Averell Harriman Award

is for entry-level (FS-6

through FS-4) officers; the

William R. Rivkin Award

is

for mid-level (FS-3 through FS-1) officers; the

Christian

A. Herter Award

is for Senior Foreign Service officers;

and the

F. Allen “Tex” Harris Award

is for Foreign

Service specialists.

Recipients receive prize money and travel expenses

to be honored at the June ceremony in the Benjamin

Franklin Diplomatic Reception Room at the State

Department. More information about each of these

awards is available from the AFSAwebsite,

www.afsa

.

org/dissent.

AFSA is also accepting nominations for its five

awards recognizing exemplary performance until the

Feb. 28 deadline.We urge members to nominate some-

one whose contribution has made a difference.

The

Nelson B. Delavan Award

recognizes the work

of a Foreign Service office management specialist.

The

M. Juanita Guess Award

is conferred on a

community liaison office coordinator who has demon-

strated outstanding leadership.

The

Avis Bohlen Award

honors the volunteer

accomplishments of a family member of a Foreign

Service employee at post.

The

Mark Palmer Award

is open to members of the

Foreign Service from any of the foreign affairs agencies,

especially entry and mid-level personnel, who promote

American policies that advance democracy, freedom

and governance through bold, exemplary, imaginative

and effective efforts during one or more assignments.

The

Post Rep of the Year Award

honors a post rep-

resentative who best demonstrates sustained and suc-

cessful engagement with AFSAmembership at post.

For details on all of the above awards and to file a

nomination online, go to

www.afsa.org/awards.

Contact

Coordinator Perri Green at

green@afsa.org

or (202)

719-9700 for more information.

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Congress Passes FY17 State Authorization Bill

On Dec. 10, the Senate

passed the FY17 Depart-

ment of State Authorities

Act by unanimous consent.

This marks the first time

Congress has sent a State

Department authorization

bill to the White House in 14

years.

In meetings on the autho-

rization bill with numerous

legislators throughout the

year, AFSA was encouraged

to find robust support on

both sides of the aisle for

maintaining strong Ameri-

can global leadership and

an appreciation for the

critical role the Foreign

Service plays in that effort.

At the same time, we made

concerted efforts to walk

back and/or improve certain

sections that we and a vast

majority of our members

deemed harmful to the

career Foreign Service.

While there are some

items that we would have

preferred to have more time

and a better process to work

out with the new Congress,

the State Authorities Act

contains positive provisions

that make the Foreign Ser-

vice stronger.

AFSA continues to track a

number of issues, including

the Overseas Development

Program, lateral entry into

the Foreign Service and

suspension of duties for

members with suspended

security clearances.

One of AFSA’s highest

priorities in the coming year

is for the new Congress to

recognize that protecting

American interests abroad

requires preserving, protect-

ing and investing in one of

the primary pillars of our

national security—the U.S.

Foreign Service.

AFSA stands firm in its

conviction that any con-

sideration of legislation

that would affect or alter

the integrity of the current

Foreign Service personnel

system be done through a

transparent, orderly and

deliberative process that

includes ample time for con-

sultation with key stakehold-

ers. We are grateful for the

many allies on Capitol Hill

who agree that this is the

best way to ensure a strong

and effective U.S. diplomacy

on behalf of the American

people.

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