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AFSA withdrew this appeal in February 2016 when the

Agency agreed to halt its midlevel hiring and to focus

on workforce planning in the HCTM Transformation. This

was an appropriate response. The next appropriate re-

sponse is an increase in entry level health officer hiring

and appropriate promotions within the ranks. USAID

acknowledged that workforce data and planning had

not kept up with Agency needs and was insufficient to

serve as an effective tool. USAID has made significant

strides in this area and has named clean data and

proper workforce planning as a top goal to be com-

pleted in 2017. This data will then serve as the sound

foundation for addressing many of our concerns.

USAID has put a hold on AFSA requests such as a

long-term lodging program and per diem for new hires

in training due primarily to lack of adequate workforce

data to justify program demand and the lack of a

known overseas assignment at point of hire, respec-

tively. Furthermore, adequate workforce planning will

provide the needed justification for additional FSO

hiring, development of FSO careers and lessening the

over-reliance on auxiliary hiring mechanisms.

As USAID met its FSO hiring ceiling of 1,850 this year,

AFSA will continue to call for the Agency to evaluate its

hiring needs especially in light of appropriately deter-

mining career FSO requirements and true limited-term

needs.

With the goal of providing a forum for members

to have candid discussions with the AFSA President

and AFSA USAID VP regarding their careers and to

gain feedback on how AFSA can better support its

members, AFSA hosted its first “structured

conversations” at USAID in 2016. Attendance was

full and both sessions were well received and

provided valuable feedback.

AFSA’s consistent call to reinstate the student loan

repayment program saw movement this year with plans

set in gear to offer the SLRP in 2017. Agency leadership

is also placing increased emphasis on addressing

member concerns around staff care needs such as

PTSD, bullying and leadership training.

Each year brings new challenges and opportunities. As

2017 ushers in new faces with the change of Adminis-

tration, I look forward to upholding our mandate and

keeping the momentum of these much needed advance-

ments moving forward.

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