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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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MARCH 2013
51
2012 AFSA ANNUAL REPORT
AFSA NEWS
tently contributes to the
greater good.
Stock Act
AFSA reafrmed its
leadership role as the “Voice
of the Foreign Service” by
developing strategic partner-
ships with sister organiza-
tions to address issues like
the Stop Trading on Congres-
sional Knowledge Act. We
are proud to report that the
coalition was successful in
getting Congress to post-
pone implementation of the
STOCK Act’s Internet posting
provisions—which could have
potentially jeopardized the
privacy and security of many
career federal employees and
their families. AFSA will con-
tinue to work for the elimina-
tion of such a provision.
AFSA also provided
valuable testimony during
congressional hearings and
helped educate congres-
sional ofces about budget
priorities and personnel
security, among other impor-
tant issues.
AFSA sent letters to key
Advocacy: Renewed
Eforts on Many Fronts
As part of AFSA’s eforts to
advance its mission during
2012, the legislative afairs
department evolved into
a multifaceted entity that
sought the best practices
possible to achieve our legis-
lative goals during the 112th
Congress.
Javier Cuebas, AFSA’s new
director of advocacy, comes
from the private sector,
where he regularly managed
national issue-driven cam-
paigns on behalf of corpora-
tions and nonproft groups.
Together with Clint Lohse,
AFSA’s legislative assistant
and a former Senate stafer,
he monitors and forecasts
congressional actions.
AFSA on Capitol Hill
Drawing on AFSA’s formi-
dable reputation as an expert
on diplomacy, the advocacy
department dedicated much
of 2012 to developing a
constituency/issue-driven
strategic outreach and
mobilization plan that clearly
shows key stakeholders how
the Foreign Service consis-
BY JAV I ER S. CUEBAS, DI RECTOR OF ADVOCACY,
AND CL INT LOHSE , LEGI SLAT I VE ASS I STANT
Advocacy Staf (left to right): Legislative Assistant Clint Lohse and Director of
Advocy Javier S. Cuebas.
committees dealing with the
Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi
and briefed stafers about the
need to get the risk/diplo-
macy balance right. AFSA
commended the Accountabil-
ity Review Board report on
Benghazi and continues to
promote the implementation
of its recommendations.
AFSA organized and
hosted a luncheon honoring
retiring Richard Lugar, R-Ind.,
a longtime ranking member
and chairman of the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee.
Your Support
Thanks to your support, once
again, the association’s politi-
cal action committee, AFSA-
PAC, played an essential role
in advancing our legislative
agenda. Retired Ambassador
Thomas Boyatt, President
Susan Johnson, Executive
Director Ian Houston and
other members of the PAC
board made sure that AFSA’s
top priorities were presented
to congressional leaders
during special functions and
events.
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Senator Richard Lugar, R-Ind., receives a plaque from AFSA President Susan
Johnson at a luncheon in his honor.