Legislative authorities in the Foreign Service Act currently deter retired diplomats from returning to teach at FSI. Annuitants who are rehired as government employees are not permitted to earn more any single year than the difference between their highest earnings before retirement and their annuity, e.g. highest earning before retirement $120K, annuity $120K, maximum additional earnings in a year as a recalled annuitant $60K. However, experienced practitioner participation is a key aspect to successful training. It allows the officers to hear first-hand anecdotes regarding the topics they are learning in the classroom. It also allows them to receive informal mentoring before they get to the field. Thus we would like to allocate private funding towards the hiring of retired, successful practitioners. These practitioners can serve a range of functions, from instructing a week-long seminar on cybersecurity to assuming a year-long fellowship on leadership and management skills.
Evaluation at FSI
In order to successfully advance training and education for State Department employees, there must first be an understanding of which activities are successful and what training needs still exist. The Foundation is partnering with FSI to help expand their training assessment and evaluation capabilities. From bringing in outside experts to expanding the capacity to measure the impact of FSI training, there are numerous ways in which strengthened and sustainable evaluation tactics can lead to elevated training practices.
Interagency Task Force
The Foundation has assembled a task force of experts from the interagency to provide insights on effective training. The members have held senior positions in the FBI, CIA, DEA, NSC, and Army. We believe they can provide the State Department with critical lessons learned – from curriculum content, to length of courses, to navigating the bureaucracy in order to enact reforms.