The Foreign Service Journal - July/August 2014 - page 47

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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JULY-AUGUST 2014
47
The 2013-2015 AFSA Govern-
ing Board is committed to
seeking parity in benefits
for members of the Foreign
Service across all five foreign
affairs agencies.
As part of this effort,
we are creating a benefits
comparison document that
includes information on
benefits and policies from
the different agencies to illus-
trate the disparities. It will be
a “living” document, includ-
ing testimonials from FS
members, and will be posted
on the AFSA website for use
as a tool to advocate for
equality and to track prog-
ress in achieving the goal.
The comparison of State
and USAID, as shown in the
accompanying chart, is a
first step. For space reasons,
the chart does not include
the personal commentary
and testimonials that are
important for making our
case. Those “live” in the
The entire package—chart
and testimonials—has been
shared with USAID’s Office
of Human Resources. The
next steps will be to monetize
what it would cost to begin
closing these gaps, and push
for having USAID budget sub-
missions reflect these needs.
Thanks to all of you who
responded to my request
to share your experiences
with inequality in Foreign
Service benefits and poli-
cies between USAID and the
State Department. Utilizing
real examples has always
been the most effective way
of telling the USAID story;
I believe that document-
ing these inequalities and
their effects on individual
employees is the best way to
advocate for change.
As this is meant to be a
living document, please con-
tinue to send any comments
to
. The
more accurate and complete
this chart, the more effective
it will be. It is already advanc-
ing the cause by generating
conversation and gaining
management attention and
support.
Future articles will take
a deeper dive into specific
issues and track progress in
the quest for equality.
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Foreign Service Benefits
Across Agencies: How Do
State and USAID Compare?
As part of this effort, we are creating
a benefits comparison document that
includes information on benefits and
policies from the different agencies
to illustrate the disparities.
Views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the AFSA USAID VP.
Contact:
or (202) 712-1631
USAID VP VOICE
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