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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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APRIL 2013
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AFSA NEWS
THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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APRIL 2013
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WOMEN IN SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT
FOCUS
AFSA NEWS
CALENDAR
4/3/2013
12:00 - 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
4/7 - 4/10/2013
AFSA Road Scholar Program
4/10/2013
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Federal Benefts Speakers
Series: “Geriatric Care and
Health Management
4/15/2013
Deadline: AFSA High School
Essay Contest
5/1/2013
12:00 - 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
5/3/2013
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Foreign Afairs Day/AFSA
Memorial Plaque Ceremony
5/5/2013
8:00 AM
Public Service
Recognition Week
5K Run/Walk
5/22/2013
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
AFSA Book Notes:
“Master Class”
5/27/2013
Memorial Day:
AFSA Ofces Closed
6/2 - 6/7/2013
AFSA Road Scholar Program
6/5/2013
12:00 - 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION
2012 USAID Survey Results Reveal Some Improvement
This survey covers the
concerns and thoughts of
USAID’s Foreign Service
ofcers for the 2012 calen-
dar year. The 20-question
survey, conducted electroni-
cally, had a response of 442
participants, a lower num-
ber than in previous years,
but still signifcant. A much
fuller analysis of the results
is available through
The
Vanguard
newsletter on the
AFSAWeb site
(www.afsa.
org/USAID). 
It is our hope that the
information from this survey
will aid the agency’s leader-
ship when making decisions
that afect our employees
and programs.
Profile of
Responders:
The profles of responders
coincide fairly close with
current demographic data. A
majority of them, 85 percent,
are assigned overseas; 53
percent are male and 47
percent are female. Almost
50 percent of respondents
are at the FS-4 or FS-3 levels,
and 63 percent are 45 years
of age or younger. 
Of these respondents,
about 31 percent are unmar-
ried and 41 percent are
not parents. Three percent
reported that they were
pregnant or had a partner
currently pregnant. Overall,
USAID FSOs are new to the
agency, trending to a younger
age cohort with the majority
under 45 years of age. 
With regard to diversity in the Foreign Service, 83 percent
of FSOs classify themselves as Caucasian. The least repre-
sented ethnic group, when compared to national civilian labor
force levels, continues to be Hispanic-Americans at 6 percent
(NCLF, 14 percent). African-Americans represent 8 percent of
the work force (NCLF, 12 percent) and 6.8 percent are Asian-
Americans (NCLF, 4.7 percent).
FSO Lobbying and PR Priorities: 
As in previous years, USAID FSOs place high priority on
keeping their retirement package (84 percent; Question 9),
and maintaining Overseas Comparability Pay (79 percent;
Question 9). Nothing else comes close to these two concerns,
as threats to the national budget, such as “Fiscal Clifs,”
“Furloughs” and “Sequestration” are frequently mentioned.
AFSA is keenly aware of this and has legislative staf working
diligently through lobbying and media outreach in partnership
with other unions to protect our benefts.
Labor Management Issues: 
82.9%
27.1
%
55.3%
41.4%
21%
19.8%
66.1%
30.6%
41.7%
45.4 %
23.0%
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
10. Please rate the following labor management issues in terms of
what you consider their priority should be for AFSA
Improving training opportuni9es
Increasing EFM employment
Opposing excessive mid-level outside
hiring into FS
Limi9ng CS employees into FS
overseas posi9ons
Assignment process transparency
"Level-playing field" for disabled
employees"
Increasing FS diversity
Ensuring FS overseas safety and
security
Improving FS supervisory skills
overseas
Improving quality of overseas schools
Equal benefits with State
Percentages reflect those who
consider each issue a "high
priority"
Of all labor management issues, the highest priority (Question
10) for USAID FSOs is to “assure equal benefts with State”
(83 percent). Glaring inequalities in benefts between the two
USAID Survey continued on page 48
BY FRANCI SCO ZAMORA , USA ID VP