The Foreign Service Journal - January/February 2016
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thing is going to happen, but they don’t

say anything. They have relevant infor-

mation, but don’t share it. Valid reasons

might include classification levels or

personally identifiable information (PII).

But the process regarding danger

pay seems to have been an adminis-

trative decision closely held and then

announced as a done deal. This is a poor

way to treat employees.

When people in dangerous loca-

tions overseas are carrying out the core

mission of your organization, it should

be your first priority to support them

and keep them informed. Decisions that

affect an employee’s bottom line—secu-

rity, pay, health, safety—should be as

open and transparent as possible.

We’ve seen the extensive debate on

the Sounding Board about the deci-

sion to cut danger pay for many posts.

It appears that the process began in

November 2014, yet AFSA was not

consulted until February 2015—and only


members had found out about it

through other channels and contacted


Some information must be controlled

and protected, but the vast majority of

the information with which we deal can

be shared. State should be transparent

in its communications, empower the

Foreign Service team with information,

and trust them with it.

Karn Carlson


Consulate General Nuevo Laredo

Arctic Applause

The November article on the Arctic

(“Getting into the Game: America’s Arc- tic Policy”) was exceptionally well done.

Even those who are not familiar with the

area and its issues, probably most Ameri-

cans, surely come away with a far more

extensive and profound understanding