APPENDIX I CORE VALUES
A. Positive core values mentioned by senior, mid-level and junior FSOs
|Service to nation/|
make it happen/Effectiveness
|12||12|| || |
|Promote Americas Interests Abroad/Liberty, Equality, Free Market||7||3||3||1|
|Sense of nobility about work/heroic service/pride||6||6|| || |
|Good Interpersonal skills/|
|Foreign Service Ethos/esprit de corps||5||3|| ||2|
|Foreign Service family/help each other||5||2||1||2|
|Teamwork||5|| || ||5|
|Worldwide availability||4||4|| || |
|Leadership||4||4|| || |
|Oath of Allegiance||4||4|| || |
|Curiosity||4||4|| || |
|Gentlemanly culture/patience, eloquence formal politeness||4||3||1|| |
|Precepts/BEX 12 dimensions||3||1|| ||2|
|Perspective||3||3|| || |
(one mention each)
|Altruism||1|| || ||Adaptability|| || || 1|
|Decency||1|| || ||Dissent||1|| || |
|Learning|| || ||1||Value added to Amcits|| || ||1|
|Adventure||1|| || ||Bipartisanism|| ||1|| |
|Discretion||1|| || ||Humor|| || ||1|
|Merit|| || ||1||Unflappability||1|| || |
B. Negative core values mentioned
|Look out for yourself, no one else will/self-interest/individual careerism||5|| ||2||3|
|Reluctance to coordinate with non-State/Look down on other agencies||3|| ||2||1|
|Maintain status quo/dont rock the boat||3|| ||2||1|
|Should be merit but isnt||2|| ||2|| |
|Self-promotion/empire building||2|| ||2|| |
|Conflict avoidance||2|| ||1||1|
|Castes||2|| || ||2|
|Thinking rather than doing||1|| || ||1|
|Political result over problem solving||1|| ||1|| |
|CYA||1|| ||1|| |
|Either flexibility or high tolerance for excuse making||1|| || ||1|
|Gossip/corridor rep||1|| || ||1|
|Kiss up, kick down||1|| ||1|| |
|Deference||1|| ||1|| |
|Consensus over individual initiative||1|| ||1|| |
|Process over result||1|| ||1|| |
|Do nothing rather than risk||1|| ||1|| |
|Take credit for subordinates good work and blame them for bad||1|| ||1|| |
|Rank has privilege but not accountability||1|| ||1|| |
|More with less||1|| ||1|| |
|Territoriality||1|| ||1|| |
|Bilateral relations||1|| ||1|| |
|Get used to it; it wont get any better||1|| || ||1|
APPENDIX II OFFICIAL CORE VALUES
Text of the Department of State Strategic Plan's Values Statement
The men and women of the Department of State, at home and overseas, have a distinct responsibility to represent and advocate the interests and people of the United States in the rest of the world. The International Affairs Mission Statement is the map of what we aim to accomplish; this Values Statement articulates the guiding principles for us as individuals and as an institution.
Impact: Our work significantly advances the interests of the American people at home and abroad.
Expertise: Language and cultural skills, area expertise, management ability, and international experience are critical to our role as the lead U.S.G. agency overseas; our skills help others representing the United States do their jobs more effectively.
Discipline: We faithfully execute policy regardless of personal views; members of the Foreign Service are ready to serve worldwide as needed.
Dissent: The constructive, thoughtful expression of divergent views strengthens the formulation and execution of foreign policy.
Diversity: We strive for a merit-based workforce that is excellent, reflective of the American people, and confident that solid, mission-related performance is rewarded.
Partnership: Our effectiveness as an institution is heightened by the unique mix of skills and experiences that our Civil Service, Foreign Service, and foreign national colleagues bring to the workplace.
Commitment: We are dedicated to America's leadership in the world and to the effective conduct of international relations; we take the long-term view that comes with a career, not merely a job.
Junior Officer Reasons for Entering the Foreign Service
|Work on foreign policy/international relations||11|
|Bored with previous job||4|
|Learn a foreign language||3|
|Expose children to world||2|
Department of State Strategic Plan
U.S. diplomacy is an instrument of power, essential for maintaining effective international relationships and a principal means through which the United States defends its interests, responds to crises, and achieves its international goals. The Department of State is the lead institution for the conduct of American diplomacy, a mission based on the role of the Secretary of State as the Presidents principal foreign policy advisor.
In order to carry out United States foreign policy at home and abroad, the Department of State:
- Exercises policy leadership, broad interagency coordination, and management of resource allocation for the conduct of foreign relations;
- leads representation of the United States overseas, advocates U.S. policies before foreign governments and international organizations, supports official visits and other diplomatic missions;
- conducts negotiations, concludes agreements, and supports U.S. participation in international negotiations of all types;
- coordinates and manages the U.S. G. response to international crises of all types;
- carries out public affairs and public diplomacy;
- reports on and analyzes international issues of importance to the U.S. Government;
- assists U.S. business;
- protects and assists American citizens living or traveling abroad;
- adjudicates immigrant and non-immigrant visas to enhance U.S. border security;
- manages those international affairs programs and operations for which State has statutory responsibility; and
- guarantees the diplomatic readiness of the U.S. Government.
Most of the time, State personnel in the United States and abroad carry out these core diplomatic activities in pursuit of specific goals. Some ongoing responsibilities are essential to the conduct of effective international relations and contribute to all international affairs goals, for example maintaining contacts and access overseas, or supporting official visits. Similarly, States management functions provide the foundation of support essential for maintaining U.S. diplomatic readiness around the world.
At posts overseas, the Ambassador reports to the President through the Secretary of State, and as Chief of Mission has authority over all U.S. executive branch personnel, except for those under the command of a U.S. area military commander. The Country Team, under the leadership of the Chief of Mission, is the principal coordinating body for all U.S.G. agencies represented at overseas missions. As the lead agency abroad, State manages U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and other diplomatic posts, and supports the international activities of the rest of the U.S. Government.
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