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USA I D V I CE PRES I DENT ’ S REPORT

Sharon Wayne

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Together we are making a

difference.

2016 has been a

pivotal year at USAID and

words like “transformation”

and “redesign” have served

as the rallying cry.

AFSA’s persistent illumination of the issues members

identify as compromising to morale and the integrity of

the Foreign Service career is showing results. As your

AFSA VP, I have worked to uphold a strong, competitive-

ly hired, continuously trained, career Foreign Service

managed under a transparent personnel system in

accordance with the Foreign Service Act of 1980. The

majority of these activities fall under Human Capital

and Talent Management. The USAID performance man-

agement system has been a top member concern for

years and I have stressed that employee involvement

in developing a new system is not optional if it is to be

successful.

USAID has been fortunate to have leadership who

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appreciated that the weaknesses in HCTM were

compromising the health of the entire Agency.

The call for a complete overhaul of HCTM and the

involvement of Foreign Service Officers throughout

the process has been commendable. AFSA is currently

negotiating the proposed redesigned performance

management system. Last year’s initiation of a USAID

AFSA member standing committee has proven invalu-

able in serving our member’s needs. Everyone deserves

to be heard and continued member engagement with

AFSA regarding the proposed changes posted on the

HCTM website and continued participation in Agency

webinars, surveys, focus groups and mock pilots will

better ensure that the result is successful.

Our members are dedicated and wise and it shows in

your feedback. I want to personally thank all who’ve

participated in various ways for their passion for

USAID’s mission and the integrity of the Foreign Service

career and to congratulate USAID FSO, William Hansen

on his appointment to the Foreign Service Impasse

Dispute Panel.

Over the past year AFSA has continued to press the

Agency to address staffing challenges in a way that

delivers on the long-term goal of fostering a strong

and resilient Foreign Service, upholding the law

enacted by the FSA of 1980. When the Agency moved to

initiate hiring health officers at the midlevel, AFSA filed

a negotiability appeal.

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