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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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NOVEMBER 2016

57

AFSA NEWS

On Sept. 12, AFSA hosted the

Public Diplomacy Council

Communication Leadership

Forum. At left, USC Nicholas

Cull speaks to attendees

about the latest volume of

public diplomatic history.

Kristen Ahlberg (second

from left) also addressed the

group on the newly released

30th volume in the State

Department’s historical

series, “Foreign Relations of

the United States.”

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ForumDiscusses the Carter Administration’s PD Policy

FORE I GN AF FA I RS HANDBOOK—

CH I LDB I RTH , ADOPT I ON AND

FOSTER CARE

The Department of State has many resources

available to new parents in the Foreign Service.

In August, the Foreign Affairs Handbook was

updated to help employees and family members

with questions about leave, medical evacuation

and other pregnancy-related issues (3 FAH-3 H-110, Personnel Guidance for Childbirth, Adop- tion, and Foster Care). The update also codifies

the policy of providing employees with workplace

flexibility to the maximum extent possible under

existing guidelines.

A June update to the Foreign Affairs Manual

spells out new guidelines on the depart-

ment’s lactation policy

(https://fam.state.gov/

FAM/03FAM/03FAM3860.html), confirming the

policy to provide breaks and facilities to nursing

mothers working domestically and at overseas

posts.

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NEWS BRIEF

fewer, and must include all of

the following elements:

• The name of the award

for which the person is being

nominated, along with the

nominee’s grade, agency and

position

• The nominator’s name,

grade, agency and position,

along with a description of his

or her association with the

nominee

• A justification for nomina-

tion that describes the actions

and qualities that qualify the

nominee for the award. This

should cite specific examples

of accomplishments or

actions demonstrating that

the nominee has met the cri-

teria for the award for which

they are being nominated.

For additional details and

instructions or to nominate

online, see

www.afsa.org/

performance. If you have

questions, contact Awards

Coordinator Perri Green at

green@afsa.org

or (202) 719-

9700.

AFSA also celebrates con-

structive dissent in the Foreign

Service. It offers four awards

for constructive dissent,

unique in the federal govern-

ment, which honor those who

have had the courage to offer

creative, constructive dissent

on management, consular as

well as foreign policy issues.

Information about each of

these awards, including how

you can nominate colleagues,

will be available in a future

issue of AFSANews.

All award recipients are

honored at a ceremony in

June in the Benjamin Franklin

Diplomatic Reception Room

at the State Department.

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—Perri Green,

Awards Coordinator

Foreign Relations of the

United States, 1977-1980,

Vol. XXX, Public Diplomacy

,

for which Dr. Ahlberg served

as lead historian, concerns

public diplomacy during the

Carter administration. Dr.

Ahlberg is assistant to the

general editor in the Office of

the Historian at the Depart-

ment of State.

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