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F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L / J U LY - A U G U S T 2 0 1 2
came to us from Afghanistan and
Iraq supplemental allocations.
SZ:
In an ideal world, what
would you like to be able to do to
improve training?
RW:
A lot of what we do is tied
to the State Department’s overall
budget. I think we’ve tried very
hard to demonstrate the value-added of training, so in
tough fiscal times we’d want to make the case that it is
more important than ever. If we go back to somewhat re-
duced hiring, which we may have to do under the likely
budget scenarios, I hope we will have demonstrated the
value of training so the department would agree it is the
last place you cut, rather than the first.
We’d also love to expand training with USAID, where
we’ve just taken the first steps, and with other agencies in
general, so we can train foreign affairs professionals to-
gether. At many other agencies, there’s not a lot of train-
ing, so many of them contract it
out. We’d like to be able to in-
crease our ability to attract other
agencies to FSI.
We’d also like to continue to
push the envelope on technology.
We just got permission for our
distance learning courses to run
on a Macintosh and multiple
browsers, not just Microsoft. We’d like anything we de-
velop for distance learning to run on any kind of platform
an employee has, whatever kind of phone, whatever kind
of laptop.
A great step would be to turn this into a wireless cam-
pus, like most college campuses. Currently, the only wire-
less we have is in our A-100 classroom. There are
legitimate security concerns about doing that, but we hope
we can move in that direction.
SZ:
Thank you both.
F
OCUS
“Foreign Service
National training has been
a very big growth area
for us over the years.”