The Foreign Service Journal - July/August 2014 - page 10

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JULY-AUGUST 2014
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Foreign Service History
Your
was first-rate, espe-
cially the excellent article by Larry Cohen
and James Lamont on the Rogers Act, “In
the Beginning: The Rogers Act of 1924.”
Regarding other May content, I have two
comments.
First, the article by Robert Hunter,
“Getting State and the Foreign Service
Back in the Game,” is a bit unrealistic.
Foreign policy is going to be made by the
president, who will receive advice from
a lot of people, including the Secretary
of State as the principal, but not the
only, adviser. The top priority of the State
Department and the Foreign Service is to
implement the policy.
Second, I was surprised that you did
not include the whole timeline of impor-
tant events in the history of AFSA and
the Foreign Service, which includes the
policy changes in the early 1970s initiated
by Under Secretary for Management
WilliamMacomber concerning the role
of wives of Foreign Service employees,
and the 1976 establishment of grievance
procedures.
I think your readers would enjoy, as
you suggest, reading the more compre-
hensive chronology at
timeline. I hope that you will add recently
established policies regarding LGBT
issues to that timeline.
Ted Eliot
FSO, retired
Sonoma, Calif.
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Send your letters to
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My son can now join the class of 2018 at
his college of choice.
AFSA
does
work for us!
Patricia J. Howlett
Office Management Specialist
Embassy The Hague
Technology and the QDDR
AFSA’s Quadrennial Diplomacy &
Development Review statement on
technology is the most progressive
and forward-leaning assessment of the
Bureau of Information Resource Man-
agement and its people that I can ever
recall hearing from the association—an
organization traditionally more focused
on the FS generalist corps.
While we can only speculate about
any actual reforms that might come out
of the QDDR exercise, the broad scope
of AFSA’s statement on technology was
intriguing: “It is time to fundamentally
rethink our platforms and people and
focus on IT personnel as enablers and
multipliers, and not just as the ‘computer,
pouch or radio’ people.”
This could be quite promising. To all
you “computer, pouch and radio people”
out there on the front lines, good luck.
Keep enabling and keep multiplying the
power of diplomacy.
Timothy C. Lawson
Senior FSO, retired
Hua Hin, Thailand
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