THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
S I NCLA I RE
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
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
AFSA Staff Engage with UTAustin Students
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 email@example.com