The Foreign Service Journal - July/August 2014 - page 21

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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JULY-AUGUST 2014
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Development Review declared that the
State Department would “empower and
hold accountable COMs as chief executive
officers of interagency missions.” Power
comes with responsibility, however. If
the State Department and AFSA support
the QDDR goals, they should enhance
the ability of the IG and work to ensure
that grievance procedures do not allow
accountability to be litigated to death.
Will that ensure no unqualified person
will seek an ambassadorship? No, but
some of those who aspire to become an
ambassador through bundling campaign
cash give little consideration to the risk of
being held accountable in a very public
way. Like some of my students, they seem
to think diplomatic life consists of ignor-
ing parking tickets and attending endless
cocktail parties.
If aspiring ambassadors realized that
their performance will be measured and
that their failures could become very
public, they might think twice about buy-
ing the job if their only qualification is the
size of their checkbook and those of their
friends.
If that happened, American diplomacy
would be strengthened and there would
be less material for “The Daily Show.” But
it is a standard to which career officers
will also have to be willing to hold them-
selves.
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With these
360-degree
evaluations, the
IG could quickly
identify the
embassies with
the most serious
problems.
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