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F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L / M A R C H 2 0 1 2
• Preserved Overseas Comparability Pay at 16.52 percent
for 2012
• Engaged with management for effective QDDR imple-
mentation in a way that strengthens the Foreign Service
• Protected USAID operating expenses against House-
proposed cuts
• Aligned USAID entry-level starting salaries more closely
with those at State
• Supported successful efforts to boost Foreign Commer-
cial Service funding
• Acted early to pave the way for passage of the Civilian
Service Recognition Act, which authorizes the provision of
American flags for members of the Civil Service and Foreign
Service killed in the line of duty
• Supported passage of the Foreign Service Death Gratu-
ity Act, which increases life insurance benefits for FS per-
sonnel killed in war zones
• Increased Labor Management office staffing to aid in
handling more than 400 individual requests for assistance a
week and processingmore than 200 cases pending in various
agency offices or before the Foreign Service Grievance Board
• Certified 40 percent more post representatives in 2011
than in 2010.
Image and Outreach.
2011 was AFSA’s busiest outreach
year ever, with significantly more events, communications
with members and online engagement. Important in their
own right, such activities support the vision of increased
membership participation and feedback, higher voter
turnout and increased retiree membership. Toward that end,
• Launched AFSA’s newWeb site in February
• Expanded our use of social media outlets such as Face-
book, Twitter and YouTube
• Recognized pioneering diplomat Ambassador Rozanne
Ridgway for her lifetime of service and many other out-
standing Foreign Service personnel and community mem-
bers at AFSA’s annual Awards Ceremony
• Produced 20 programs focusing on foreign policy,
bread-and-butter issues and diplomatic history, including
AFSA Book Notes programs, expert panel discussions and
historical commemorations
• Provided more than 500 Foreign Service speakers na-
tionwide, reaching more than 30,000 people, including the
5th annual Marshall Adair Family Lecture at American Uni-
versity in whichAmbassador Nicholas Burns addressed“The
Challenges Facing Today’s Foreign Service”
• Attracted wide media coverage of AFSA’s “30th An-
niversary of the Release of the Iran Hostages” program in
January and the “Rally to Serve America”
• Appeared on NPR’s Kojo Nnamdi program in Septem-
ber, focused on Foreign Service issues
• Published the third edition of
Inside a U.S. Embassy:
Diplomacy at Work
, by our FS Books division, which has
already sold more than 12,000 copies
• Engaged more than 500 students and young profes-
sionals in FS Books and career events.
Professionalism and Effectiveness.
The Governing
Board envisioned anAFSA consultative role with FSI, greater
recognition of the importance of continuing professional
education and training, a sustained and adequate training
float, greater management commitment to hiring retired FS
personnel rather than contractors, and a revitalized dissent
program embracing more active-duty professional writing
for publication. Among initiatives in 2011, we:
• Advocated for institutionalization of a greater commit-
ment by State and the other foreign affairs agencies to the
professional development of our active-duty members, both
in terms of 21st-century issues and tradecraft
• Participated with the AmericanAcademy of Diplomacy
and the Stimson Center in funding and preparing the report,
“Forging a 21st-Century Diplomatic Service for the United
States through Professional Education and Training”
• Made several appearances before the Senate and House
Government Oversight Committees to emphasize the im-
portance of investing in professional education and training
for Foreign Service employees
• Explored professional issues facing the Foreign Service
through the “President’s Views” columns: “Diplomacy after
9/11,” “Ambassadors as the Linchpins of Field Diplomacy”
“Revolutions Test Diplomacy,”“WikiLeaks and Diplomacy”
and “Time for a Foreign Service Reserve Corps”
• Called for reinstitution of the Open Forum.
Membership and Development.
Membership dues
make up the key portion of AFSA’s revenues; we are devel-
oping other sources as well. AFSA continues to work to re-
cruit and retain active-duty and retiree members from all
constituencies. In 2011, we:
• Hosted more recruitment events than ever before
• Introduced online fundraising in addition to our regu-
lar mail-based solicitations
• Forged relationships with Booz AllenHamilton and Se-
mester at Sea in support of our National High School Essay
Contest; and a new lecture series on the future of diplomacy
and development, funded by Booz Allen Hamilton.
American Foreign
Service Association