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This year AFSA weighed in on the Department of State’s Five-Year Work-

force and Leadership Succession Plan, 2016-2020, which the Department

prepares every year in order to take stock of its human capital needs and

to identify challenges and advances in the areas of recruiting, hiring, staff-

ing and training. Working together, we strengthened the narrative by ensur-

ing it clearly defined today’s workforce challenges—the mid-level staffing

bulge and consular adjudicator gap. AFSA also urged the Department to

elaborate on how it plans to address deficits in diversity at the senior

levels, keep a new generation engaged by assuring that entry-level officers

have in-cone experience in one of their first two entry-level tours, and take

into account leadership and management acumen during the chiefs of mis-

sion and deputy chiefs of mission/principal officer selection processes.

IMPROVING USAID’S HUMAN RESOURCES FUNCTION

AFSA and USAID have participated pre-decisionally in USAID’s roll-out of its

Human Capital and Talent Management (HCTM) transformation as the agen-

cy seeks to improve efficiencies in customer service to better address the

needs of its Foreign Service members. As a major component of that trans-

formation, AFSA and the Agency began negotiations regarding the Agency’s

proposed Performance Redesign Initiative. Throughout 2016, AFSA continued

to push the Agency to address the critical need for better workforce plan-

ning through the production of meaningful data. We called for USAID to

WORKFORCE

AND LEADERSHIP

SUCCESSION

AFSA is continually en-

gaged in a constructive

dialogue with State’s

Bureau of Human

Resources and other

key stakeholders on

Foreign Service work-

force issues.

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Members of the AFSA

Governing Board with

Dr. Beth Fisher-Yoshida

following a discussion

on 360 feedback in the

Foreign Service.