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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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DECEMBER 2016

69

AFSA NEWS

S I NCLA I RE

LANGUAGE AWARDS

AFSA is accepting nominations

for the 2016 Matilda W. Sinclaire

Language Awards, which recog-

nize outstanding accomplish-

ment in the study of a Category

III or IV language and their associ-

ated cultures. The nomination

deadline is

Jan. 15, 2017

.

Candidates may be nominated

by their language training supervi-

sors at the Foreign Service Insti-

tute, by instructors in field schools

or by post language officers.

Awardees will receive a

monetary prize and certificate of

recognition. For further informa-

tion, please contact AFSAAwards

Coordinator Perri Green at green@

afsa.org or (202) 719-9700. Read

more about the Sinclaire Awards

at

www.afsa.org/sinclaire.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

AFSA Staff Engage with UTAustin Students

UTAUSTIN/ROCHEGEORGE

Caption: On Nov. 9, AFSA President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson (center) and AFSA Director of Professional Policy Issues Maria Livingston (fourth

from left) participated in a collaborative session with graduate student researchers and their faculty advisors at the University of Texas at Austin. The

group is working with AFSA to conduct a diplomatic service benchmarking exercise. The team presented their preliminary findings and discussed goals for

their upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. Their time in D.C. will be spent meeting with and interviewing various stakeholders, the input from which will feed

into their overall analysis. The visit will mark the mid-point of the yearlong exercise. Coverage of their visit will feature in a future issue of AFSA News.

DOES YOUR POST HAVE AN AFSA REP?

The role of the Post Rep is crucial due to the wide variety of issues now

confronting the Foreign Service. All posts without an AFSA Rep, or one

moving on, should hold elections as soon as possible to ensure continu-

ity. A list of Post Reps is available from the AFSA website:

www.afsa.org/

postreps, so check to see if there is a vacancy at your post or a Rep that

will be leaving soon.

There are four important areas of responsibility involved:

• Representing collective and individual interests of Foreign Service

Personnel at post;

• Transmitting to colleagues AFSA’s advisories on all developments

affecting their career opportunities and conditions of employment;

• Forwarding to AFSA any proposals, complaints or criticisms originat-

ing with the AFSAmembers at post.

• Expanding AFSA’s membership and encouraging others at post to

seek the AFSA Post Rep position when you move on.

The only employees excluded from serving as official AFSA Reps are

management officials and/or confidential employees including chiefs

of mission, deputy chiefs of mission, management officers, human

resources officers, regional security officers, and office management

specialists for COM/DCM.

Posts preparing to hold elections may visit the AFSA website to review

the guidelines for holding elections. Be sure to advise AFSA when a Post

Rep is elected so that they can be properly certified. For further informa-

tion contact the Member Services Department at

member@afsa.org

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NEWS BRIEF