|The Department Is Taking This Study Seriously
he release of the "War for Talent" study last August has sparked much discussion and some skepticism among State Department employees: discussion because it touches on a broad spectrum of issues, most notably career development and the importance of quality-of-life issues to the workforce; and skepticism because of the perception that many of the 90 or so management studies of the Department since 1946 have had little impact.
||The Changing Roles of FSNs|
t's a trend at U.S. Embassies around the world. Jobs traditionally held by members of the Foreign Service are increasingly being carried out by Foreign Service Nationals.
In the past 10 years, State has responded to budget cuts by exercising both a trimming and an expansion of its workforce--eliminating certain American positions at its posts around the world, while opening up new Foreign Service National positions to replace them. It's dramatically transformed the role of FSNs at embassies overseas.
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