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#1 Posted : Saturday, April 14, 2018 3:50:13 PM(UTC)

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Some promising statements from the confirmation hearings

President Trump’s nominee to lead the State Department promised on Thursday to fill job vacancies that are “demoralizing for the workforce.”

Mike Pompeo, currently the CIA director, pledged to reduce the growing number of vacancies departmentwide if he is confirmed as secretary of State. He made his comments before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at his confirmation hearing.

Vacancies at State have piled up during the Trump administration, with former Secretary Rex Tillerson instituting a hiring freeze that remains in place. In the first eight months since Trump took office, State’s workforce declined by 6 percent. Employees on the foreign affairs rolls dropped by 12 percent. State has over time loosened the hiring freeze to allow an array of exceptions, but has yet to publicly announce a full lift. Pompeo said he was unclear on the exact status of the freeze, but said he would end it if confirmed.


He explained that by listening more to employees, leveraging differences, and unleashing talent and teamwork into State’s culture, the department will find “its swagger once again.”

Of course, saying all the right things is expected at a confirmation hearing. Actions speak louder than words, as they say.

Trump's New Pick to Lead State Promises to Fill 'Demoralizing' Vacancies
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#2 Posted : Saturday, April 14, 2018 8:56:54 PM(UTC)
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They never stopped advertising foreign service positions. Who knows what the real story is.

From my military time in an Embassy I know quite a few FS folks.

Most FS start at the equivalent of GS-11 or GS-12, rarely do they start at GS6 or GS7.

From the one and only embassy I worked at (Canberra), there were 4 or 5 SES, 15ish GS14/15's, and another 30 GS-13s, 8 or 10- GS11/12s, and 2 or 3 GS7s. The only GS-7s are usually office manager seceretarial folks.

I put this in GS format, so it was easier to understand than the FS payscale. Which starts at FS6 (same as GS6) and goes to FS1 (GS-15).
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