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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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MARCH 2013
65
2012 AFSA ANNUAL REPORT
AFSA NEWS
Labor Management Relations
: AFSA negotiates the regu-
lations afecting employees’ careers. We work to make the
Foreign Service a better place in which to work, live, and raise
a family. Our network of AFSA post reps provides on-site
assistance to overseas members.
Congressional Advocacy
: AFSA is your advocate before Con-
gress on issues afecting the careers of active members and
the annuities of retired members.
Ombudsman
: We work to resolve member problems with pay,
allowances, claims, annuities, health care, and many other
issues.
Voice of the Foreign Service:
As the professional association
of the Foreign Service since 1924, AFSA works to strengthen
our profession and is ever vigilant for threats to the career
Foreign Service.
Grievance Representation
: AFSA’s legal staf provides hands-
on assistance with grievance proceedings when your rights
are violated.
Outreach
: AFSA communicates the views of the Foreign Ser-
vice on professional issues to the news media and directly to
the general public.
The Foreign Service Journal:
Our recently redesigned
monthly magazine ofers provocative articles that will keep
you current on developments in the foreign afairs profession.
The
AFSA News
section highlights issues afecting your daily
life.
Legal Services
: We ofer free legal advice and representation
on employment issues, including security and Ofce of the
Inspector General investigations.
Insurance programs
: You can chose among competitively
priced insurance programs designed for the Foreign Service
community, including professional liability insurance, accident
and personal property/transit.
AFSA Scholarships
: AFSA grants approximately 100 merit
and fnancial need scholarships a year to Foreign Service fam-
ily members.
AFSA Awards
: Our unique awards program honors construc-
tive dissent and outstanding performance.
AFSA Web Site
: We provide online resources including a
member directory and guidance on a range of useful topics
for foreign afairs professionals.
AFSA members are eligible for valuable discounts for:
Zip-
car, Ford’s Theater and Brooks Brothers, as well as subscrip-
tions to major foreign afairs journals.
Esprit de Corps
: AFSA works to build a sense of common
cause and professional pride between all Foreign Service
members—active-duty and retired; ofcers and specialists;
entry-level, mid-level and senior.
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Benefits of AFSA Membership