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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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JANUARY 2013
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Te U.S. Agency for International Development should
recruit, as needed and on a targeted basis, experienced
personnel, including retired ofcers, to address shortages of
mid-career ofcers.
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USAID should seek streamlined hiring authorities to
rationalize the unnecessarily convoluted methods currently
employed.
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Congress should appropriate the department’s 2013
budget request for full stafng of the Bureau of Confict and
Stabilization, along with a fexible hiring authority and dedi-
cated funding proposed by the department to increase the
efectiveness and agility of the CSO’s new model. If there is
no regular budget for 2013, CSO should pursue this goal in FY
2014.
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Te Department of State should task CSO to make rec-
ommendations on how to respond to civilian surge scenarios
that exceed planned CSO capabilities, now that the creation
of a large “surge capability” is no longer planned. Tis study
should include, inter alia, the functioning of the current 3161
authority (for temporary hires); assess whether additional
standby authority is needed; identify potential changes in con-
tracting authority or spending fexibility for a large surge; and
evaluate the potential for maintaining a larger roster of skills
in the civilian sector.
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Over the past four years, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham
Clinton has made important, if uneven, progress in dealing
with these human resource problems.