The Foreign Service Journal, April 2020

Cover 1
Contents 5
Focus on Career and Performance Management 24
Needs of the Service and Those of Our People: The New HR 24
Evaluation Reform at State: A Work in Progress 27
Redesigning Foreign Service Performance and Promotion at USAID 32
State’s New MSI Program: Preliminary Results Are In 37
What’s Next for SNEA? 41
Balancing Act’s Formula for Driving Institutional Change 45
From the FSJ Archive—Managing a Foreign Service Career 48
FS Heritage 49
Discovering Our Consulate’s History, We Discovered Ourselves 49
Feature 53
The Power of Language 53
Retirement Supplement 67
Retirement Planning 101 67
AFSA Membership in Retirement: What’s in It for You? 73
Life After the Foreign Service 75
The Theater and Policy Salon 75
The Inn by the Lake 78
Try the Smaller Pond 80
Perspectives 7
President’s Views—The Legacy of Tex Harris 7
Letter from the Editor—Diplomacy in the Time of Corona 9
Speaking Out—Breaking Away from “Born, Not Made” 20
Reflections—On the Road from Sibiu 89
Local Lens—Cessy, France 90
Departments 10
Letters 10
Letters-Plus 12
Talking Points 14
Books 82
Marketplace 84
Classifieds 84
Index to Advertisers 85
Real Estate & Property Management 86
AFSA News 57
The Passing of F. Allen “Tex” Harris 57
State VP Voice—Giving MSI the Attention It Deserves 58
USAID VP Voice—Labor Management Relations 59
AFSA Governing Board Meeting 59
Everything You Need to Know about the TSP 59
FCS VP Voice—We’ve Seen This Movie Before 60
AFSA Seeks Volunteers for Elections Committee 60
AFSA on the Hill—Building on Fiscal Year 2020 Gains 61
Retirement Planning Five to 10 Years Out 61
Foreign Service Artists Featured at AFSA Showcase 62
AFSA Welcomes Incoming Classes 64
Call for Nominations: 2020 Exemplary Performance Awards 65
AFSA Outreach Campaign Highlights the Foreign Service as the First Line of Defense 66
AFSA Hosts Breakfast for Ambassadors 66