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The history book project commenced in 2012 under the leadership of then-

AFSA President Susan Johnson, and was made possible by the generous

support of the Nelson B. Delavan Foundation. From left: Johnson, Ann

Delavan Harrop and Ambassador William C. Harrop.


AVisit with USAID Acting Administrator Lenhardt

American Foreign Service

Association representa-

tives met with USAID

Acting Administrator

Alfonso Lenhardt on June

5 to address disparities in

benefits between USAID and

State Department Foreign

Service officers and to raise

concerns regarding problem-

atic assignments and hiring


Then-AFSA President Rob-

ert J. Silverman and USAID

Vice President Sharon Wayne

led the AFSA delegation. Act-

ing Administrator Lenhardt

was accompanied by other

high-level USAID partici-

pants, including Deputy Chief

of Staff Michelle Sumilas,

Counselor Susan Reichle and

Senior Advisor John Spears.

USAID management

shared AFSA’s concern about

continuing gaps in benefits

packages and agreed to

work with AFSA on securing

certain benefits for USAID

FSOs, such as automatic

enrollment in TSA Pre-Check,

eligibility for USAA member-

ship and establishment of a

temporary-duty housing pro-

gram in the United States. In

addition, Lenhardt welcomed

AFSA’s advocacy efforts to

realize full implementation of

Overseas Comparability Pay.

AFSAmet with USAID leadership on June 5. From left: AFSA Senior

Legislative Assistant David Murimi, AFSA Labor Management Counselor

Colleen Fallon-Lenaghan, former AFSA President Robert J. Silverman, USAID

Acting Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt, AFSA USAID Vice President Sharon

Wayne and AFSA Governing Board Representative Jeff Cochrane.


Harry Kopp with members of AFSA’s publications division.

From left: Managing Editor Susan Maitra, Kopp, Editor Shawn Dorman

and Editorial and Publications Specialist Brittany DeLong.


Silverman raised the

increasingly problematic

practice of hiring Foreign

Service Limited employees—

a program initially intended

to staff critical priority

countries—to fill domestic

supervisory jobs.

The acting administrator

maintained that FSLs are

only used to meet critical

agency needs, which includes

compensating for the dearth

of USAID FSOs returning for

assignments in Washington,


The meeting resulted

in a firm commitment by

both parties to continue

collaboration on achieving

benefits parity and improving

transparency in hiring and



—Maria C. Livingston,

Associate Editor