Foreign Service Journal - November 2013 - page 52

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NOVEMBER 2013
|
THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
AFSA NEWS
By now you’ve all seen the
announcements of the many
personnel changes that
occurred over the sum-
mer. Hopefully, progress on
selecting the International
Trade Administration under
secretary and deputy under
secretary, and the Foreign
Commercial Service director
general, is just around the
corner. (Update on Oct. 4:
Arun Kumar was nominated
to fill the DG slot.)
Early fall has seen a num-
ber of new developments
for the Commercial Service
and AFSA. FCS Representa-
tive Barbara Farrar and I
recently held a joint meeting
with majority and minority
staff from both the House
and Senate Appropriations
Committees to discuss the
ITA consolidation and its
resource implications. We
also discussed reports the
committees had requested
on how our reorganization
was proceeding.
By all indications, recent
meetings with Deputy Direc-
tor General Judy Reinke
have been going well and
serve a useful, constructive
purpose. The final organiza-
tional structure of the Global
Markets division is still being
finalized, so stay tuned.
There is also progress to
report on getting FCS retir-
ees access to State’s new
WAE/Re-employed Annuitant
registry. On Sept. 11, we met
with representatives from
State’s Retirement Divi-
sion, who clarified that FCS
retirees are eligible to sign up
on the new registry. Special
thanks to AFSA Retiree VP
Larry Cohen, former AFSA
FCS VP Keith Curtis and CS
retiree Charlie Kestenbaum
for their leadership on this
issue.
If I have underestimated
anything regarding the work
of the AFSA FCS VP, it is the
variety and number of cases
that come to me. Topics run
the gamut from personnel,
legal matters and benefits to
administrative and regula-
tion-related questions. If I
can’t find the right answer, I
will find the right specialist
to refer you to. I liken this
aspect of the VP’s work to
that of a commercial officer,
for whom no two days are
alike.
Please keep sending me
your comments, questions
and concerns as you brain-
storm these challenges.
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Challenges, New Developments and Progress
FCS VP VOICE
| BY STEVE MORRISON
AFSA NEWS
Views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the AFSA FCS VP.
Contact:
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AFSA I N ACT I ON
On Oct. 9, AFSA President Robert J. Silverman delivers a speech on the steps of the U.S. Capitol during a rally against the administration’s proposed
change to the method of calculating annual cost of living adjustments, which would reduce federal pensions. Among the attendees were Rep. Janice
Schakowsky, D-Ill. and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., along with representatives from AFSA, the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association,
the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and the Military Officers Association of America.
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