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The foundation recognizes engaging with the Hill is critical for ensuring continued governmental adoption of new, innovative program ideas and for heightening congressional attention towards the training and education needs of the State Department. DSF’s Hill engagement to date has led to tangible results, with both the House and Senate introducing bills (H.R. 8012, S. 3492) seeking to improve State Department education and training. DSF also helped secure the inclusion of a section addressing Foreign Affairs Training (Sec. 9205) in the FY2023 NDAA. The foundation’s reputation on the Hill as a trusted voice on training and education issues was further exemplified by a Senate subcommittee’s request that DSF President David Miller testify on State Department education and training in a November 2021 hearing.

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