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MAY 2016




Partners in Global Education

Strengthening Overseas Security

On Feb. 19, AFSA representatives participated in the Global Education

Symposium hosted by the International Research and Exchanges Board

as part of its Teachers for Global Classrooms Program—a partnership

with the Department of State. Hundreds of teachers and administrators

preparing to embark on international exchange programs were in

attendance. The event offered an opportunity for GCP participants to

meet with organizations, businesses and leaders in the growing field of

global education. Pictured (l-r): AFSA Awards Coordinator Perri Green

and Communications and Outreach Specialist Allan Saunders speak

with High School Social Studies Specialist Craig Perrier (right) of Fairfax

County Public Schools about how AFSA resources, such as

Inside a U.S.


, Speakers Bureau visitors and the High School Essay Contest, can

supplement his lesson plans.


On Feb. 29, AFSA President Ambassador

Barbara Stephenson (left) and Director of

Advocacy Javier Cuebas (not pictured) met

with Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-Fla.)

(right) to thank her for helping the Depart-

ment of State secure Best Value Contracting

authority in the Fiscal Year 2016 omnibus bill.

The legislation expands the department’s

authority, for one year only, to award guard

force contracts using the Cost/Technical

Trade-Off or “Best Value” Process. Previously,

at all but high-threat posts, local guard force

contracts were awarded using the mandated

Lowest Price Technically Acceptable Source

Selection Process. The group also discussed

possible legislative vehicles for making the

provision permanent.



Keene Scholarship


In February, Mrs.

Beth Keene, wife of

the late Foreign Ser-

vice Officer Douglas

Keene, established

the Douglas Keene


Papp Financial Aid

Scholarship. The award will

be bestowed on a college

undergraduate dependent

of an AFSA member begin-

ning in the 2016-2017 aca-

demic year.

During a 35-year Foreign

Service career from 1967 to

2002, Mr. Keene had seven

overseas assignments and

served as deputy chief of

mission in Oman (1986-

1989) and Jordan (1991-

1994). The couple spent their

retirement years in Ocean

Park, Maine, and

McLean, Virginia.

Mr. Keene passed

away in the fall of


Grateful for

the effective legal

support that AFSA

General Counsel Sharon

Papp provided to Mr. Keene

in the late 1990s, Mrs. Keene

wished to recognize Papp

with this scholarship.

For information on the

AFSA Scholarship Program,

please visit scholar or contact Scholar


ship Director Lori Dec

at (202) 944-5504 or


—Lori Dec,

Scholarship Director