Foreign Service Journal - November 2013 - page 54

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NOVEMBER 2013
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
AFSA NEWS
AFSA’s Annual Audit: 2012
The word “audit” is occasion-
ally burdened with the weight
of negative perceptions, per-
haps out of fear of potential
exposure to weaknesses or
management system errors
that may be uncovered in
the process—much like one
might feel before visiting a
doctor for a thorough physi-
cal exam. But as a business
professional and nonprofit
leader, I do not see it that
way. I welcome our audit, and
even look forward to it each
year. 
A proper, professional
audit will yield comments
that lead to improvements.
It will also validate adopted
standards, difficult busi-
ness decisions that have
been made and the overall
financial stewardship of the
organization. CliftonLar-
sonAllen LLP, which is one
of very few firms to focus
solely on nonprofit-sector
organizations and is among
the nation's top-10 account-
ing firms, recently completed
its audit of AFSA for 2012.
Their report has gone to the
full AFSA Governing Board,
but I would also like to share
its main findings with AFSA’s
membership—our sharehold-
ers, as it were.
CliftonLarsonAllen issued
a consolidated financial
statement (on AFSA’s web-
site at
)
containing the highest pos-
sible commendation: a clean
A MESSAGE FROM IAN HOUSTON,
AFSA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
(unmodified) opinion. For
the fourth consecutive year,
they found no deficiencies in
AFSA’s financial operations.
This reflects the fact that
AFSA has steadily upgraded
its financial management and
related governance proce-
dures.
It is a pleasure to work
closely with AFSA’s account-
ing team: Finance Director
Femi Oshobukola, Controller
Kalpna Srimal and Assistant
Controller Cory Nishi. I can
assure you they are diligent
and always open to improve-
ments that deepen our finan-
cial management. In addition
to this team, the entire AFSA
staff deserves credit since
finance and business activity
touches all elements of the
organization.  
I also want to recognize
the oversight role that former
AFSA Treasurer Andrew
Winter played in 2012, and in
the seven years before that
during which he served in the
same role. The finance, audit
and management committee,
now led by AFSA Treasurer
Ambassador Chuck Ford,
also played an important
part in helping bring this
audit information forward.
The committee continues
to uphold the practices that
have earned AFSA marks
for excellence in business
organization and financial
management.
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“FS Stories” to Celebrate 90 Years
2014 marks the 90th year of the Foreign Service
and AFSA.
AFSA News
invites FS active-duty,
retirees and family members from all foreign affairs
agencies to tell a short story from your life in the
Foreign Service—not just on the job, but memorable
moments, as well.
Articles should be approximately 500 words in
length. High-resolution photographs are welcomed.
Stories will appear in
AFSA News
and on our website
throughout 2014.
Please submit your story to
AFSA News
Edi-
tor Donna Ayerst,
For questions,
please call (202) 577-3611.
NEWS BRIEF
Coalition Protests
Government Lockout
AFSA President Bob Sil-
verman (at the podium),
American Federation of
Government Employees
President J. David Cox
and National Treasury
Employees Union Presi-
dent Colleen Kelly, all
members of the Federal-
Postal Coalition, led a rally against the government shut-
down on Capitol Hill on Oct. 10.
Despite the heavy rain, the event drew nearly 1,000
participants and a large media presence. House Minority
Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md.,
and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, among others, also addressed
the enthusiastic audience.
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RALLY, continued from page 49
a rousing chant, “We want to serve,” Sharon turned the
podium back over to Bob Silverman, who closed the rally by
urging the crowd to take that message to their members of
Congress.
The rally drew a large contingent of media outlets, with
international and domestic coverage by
Politico
,
Government
Executive
and Japanese Public Television, among others.
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