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July 2009

Foreign Service update

State_Department_Seal So next Tuesday will be three months since I passed the FSOA (Foreign Service Oral Assessment) and I'm still waiting for my security clearance. The "hurry up and wait" phase is the most frustrating aspect of this whole process, compounded by the fact that three people who passed on my OA date have already received "The Call" - the invitation to A-100 orientation class!  Argh. Of course, none of them had as much foreign work or life experience as I do, and none of them had Iraq and Afghanistan stamps in their passports! So here I sit and wait still.


Here's some interesting Foreign Service-related articles in the news today:

Career diplomats protest Obama appointments

Third State Department snooper sentenced