The Foreign Service Journal - November 2014 - page 75

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
|
NOVEMBER 2014
75
Oct. 1 marked the one-year
anniversary of the Foreign
Commercial Service’s new
parent organization, Global
Markets. The organization had
an inauspicious beginning—
coinciding with last year’s
government shutdown—but
we have made up for lost time
in recent months.
We now have a full-time
director general and under
secretary for international
trade. Thank you, Judy Reinke,
John Andersen and Ken Hyatt,
for filling in so ably.
For the first time in 11
years, we held the worldwide
senior commercial officer
conference: the Global Mar-
kets Global Meeting. Nearly
all SCOs (71 of 72) were in
Washington, D.C., to hear
Commerce Secretary Penny
Happy Anniversary, Global Markets!
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NEWS BRIEF
FCS VP VOICE
| BY STEVE MORRISON
AFSA NEWS
Views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the AFSA FCS VP.
Contact:
or (202) 482-9088
Pritzker, Under Secretary of
Commerce for International
Trade Stefan Selig and Direc-
tor General and Assistant
Secretary for Global Markets
Arun Kumar challenge Global
Markets to “dare to be great.”
The meeting included
regional breakout sessions,
keynote speakers and a first-
class reception with business
leaders featuring famed
author and
New York Times
foreign affairs and global
trade columnist Thomas
Friedman.
AFSA had a chance to
meet on the margins of the
meeting with the SCOs, to
present its work plan and
accomplishments, and to
solicit input.We discussed the
recent shortage of promotions
and the International Trade
Administration consolidation.
As for promotions, the new
lists will be out by the time you
read this.We are encouraged
by what we’ve seen so far.
AFSA’s work on Capitol Hill—
acknowledged and thanked by
Deputy Director General Judy
Reinke—should result in an
increase in the number of pro-
motions at each grade level.
As for consolidation, the
Commerce Department
inspector general recently
prepared an initial assess-
ment based on employee
feedback. The most striking
aspects so far are a perceived
increase in duplication of
effort, a perceived increase in
unsuccessful or unnecessary
programs and 50 percent
more respondents feeling that
employee feedback would not
be successfully acted upon by
management.
On the plus side, two to
three times as many Interna-
tional Trade Administration
employees felt collaboration
within and between business
units had increased.
Finally, during the year
ahead AFSAwill be working to
help complete a rewrite of FCS’
language-training program.We
will be helping to breathe life
into FCS’ newWhen Actually
Employed or Reemployed
Annuitant program (known as
WAE and REA, respectively).
We will also help final-
ize Phase II and III of the ITA
consolidation and scrub the
FCS assignment process for
possible desirable changes or
updates.
If you have questions or
comments, please call or write
to me: (202) 482-9088 or
.
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ACCEPT I NG NOMI NAT I ONS
FOR S I NCLA I RE FORE I GN
LANGUAGE AWARD
Proficiency in foreign languages is one of the most
valuable and important skills in today’s Foreign Service.
AFSA’s MatildaW. Sinclaire Language Award recognizes
outstanding study of Category III or IV languages and
their associated cultures.
Candidates may be nominated by their language-
training supervisors at FSI, instructors in the field
schools or post language officers.Winners receive a
$1,000 prize and certificate of recognition.
We are now accepting nominations for the 2014
awards. Nomination deadline is Dec. 24, 2014. AFSA
is proud to recognize Foreign Service employees for
dedication and hard work.
For further information, please contact AFSA’s Coor-
dinator for Special Awards and Outreach Perri Green at
or (202) 719-9700.
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