The Foreign Service Journal - December 2013 - page 39

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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OCTOBER 2013
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DECEMBER 2013
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THE OFFICIAL R CORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION
12/5/2013
12:00 - 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
12/13/2013
3:00 - 5:00 PM
AFSA Labor Management
Holiday Open House at HST
12/16/2013
1:00 - 3:00 PM
AFSA Holiday Party
AFSA Offices Close at 1 PM
12/25/2013
Christmas
AFSA Offices Closed
1/1/2014
New Year’s Day
AFSA Offices Closed
1/8/2014
12:00 - 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
1/20/2014
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
AFSA Offices Closed
2/5/2014
12:00 - 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
2/6/2014
Deadline for Academic/Art
Merit Awards
2/17/2014
President’s Day
AFSA Offices Closed
2/28/2014
Deadline for Dissent and
Performance Awards
Nominations
Consular work, especially
adjudicating visas, is never
easy. It is especially diffi-
cult when there is pressure
to overturn a refusal, and
becomes even more difficult
when that pressure comes
from more senior officers,
immigration attorneys,
members of Congress and
even the Bureau of Consular
Affairs.
Dissent Is About Making the
Right Decision
BY AFSA PRESIDENT ROBERT J. SILVERMAN
Call for Nominations: AFSA Constructive Dissent Awards
Nominations are now being
accepted for AFSA’s Con-
structive Dissent Awards.
In June 2014, recipients will
be honored at the annual
awards ceremony that will
also celebrate the 90th
anniversary of AFSA and the
Foreign Service.
For more than 40 years,
AFSA's constructive dissent
awards have recognized
Foreign Service colleagues
who work within the system
to change policy and regula-
tions for the better. No other
government-related asso-
ciation offers an award for
constructive dissent.
While members of the
Foreign Service may express
their dissent in public meet-
ings, e-mails to superiors,
memoranda, cables or other
formats, an AFSA dissent
award recognizes an employ-
ee’s concerted and ongoing
efforts to effect change.
Although our Foreign
Service culture values con-
sensus, many award winners
have risen to the highest
ranks of the Service thanks
to the same intellectual and
personal qualities that led
them originally to dissent
Please help AFSA con-
tinue to honor and recognize
honesty and independent
thinking by nominating a
colleague for one of the
constructive dissent awards
described below. Any Foreign
Service member of any rank
and of any agency may be
BY AMBASSADOR JAMES WARLICK
nominated for the following
dissent awards: the Christian
A. Herter Award for Senior
Foreign Service officers,
the William R. Rivkin Award
for mid-level FSOs, the W.
Averell Harriman Award for
entry-level officers and the F.
Allen "Tex" Harris Award for
Foreign Service specialists. 
This year, we are honored
to announce that the Una
has come on board as the
new sponsor of the W. Averell
Harriman Award. Their sup-
port is greatly appreciated
and will help ensure the
ongoing viability of our dis-
sent awards program.
For nomination guidance
go to
.
The deadline for nominations
is Feb. 28, 2014.
n
In 2003, I received AFSA’s
Christian Herter Award for
dissent, which I shared with
three of my colleagues in
the consular section at the
U.S. embassy in Moscow. As
consul general, I was the final
word on visa adjudication,
but my dissent was a team
effort.
The visa applicant was a
Theodore Lyng, the 2013 recipient of The William R. Rivkin Award, is
congratulated by his family at AFSA’s annual awards ceremony on June 4.
Dissent continued on page 51
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