The Foreign Service Journal, November 2023

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | NOVEMBER 2023 65 AFSA NEWS Foreign Service Grievance Board Appointments Congratulations to the retired Foreign Service members appointed by Secretary of State Antony Blinken to the Foreign Service Grievance Board for two-year terms starting Oct. 1, 2023. As required by the Foreign Service Act of 1980, the candidates were jointly nominated by AFSA and the five agencies utilizing the Foreign Service personnel system. Reappointed members are: Amb. (ret.) Jess L. Baily (State), Nace B. Crawford (State-DS), Gregory Loose (FCS), Wendela Moore (State), and Amb. (ret.) Luis G. Moreno (State). New members are: Karen Hunter (USAID), Amb. (ret.) Eileen Malloy (State), and Amb. (ret.) Matthew Tueller (State). They replaced outgoing members Amb. (ret.) Bernadette M. Allen (State), Amb. (ret.) Frank Almaguer (USAID), and Pat Shapiro (USAID). AFSA thanks them for their service. n AFSA Comments on CDC “Dog Ban” Rulemaking AFSA is advocating for change by submitting official comments to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s notice of proposed rulemaking on the importation of dogs and cats into the United States, widely known as the “dog ban.” In a comprehensive comment, AFSA proposes less burdensome importation requirements tailored for U.S. government personnel, including Foreign Service members. The comment also offers concrete examples that highlight the adverse effects of the stringent dog ban rules on the Foreign Service community. AFSA firmly believes it is imperative to address these concerns and present alternative, more feasible dog importation criteria suitable for U.S. government employees. To learn more about the association’s official position and proposed solutions, visit AFSADogBanComment. n