Lawmakers Look to Ease Promotion Process for Foreign Service Employees

Government Executive: Two House Democrats this week introduced legislation to make it easier for Foreign Service officers at the State Department to receive promotions, focusing on disabled employees forced to take time off for medical or other reasons.

The Promotion Accessibility Act would allow all Foreign Service officers to submit a “gap memo” to explain any time away from their jobs for review by the deciding board. Such memoranda are currently available to officers in certain circumstances, such as to explain time away from their normal jobs for military service.

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