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Certificates of Competency for the Nominees to be Chiefs of Mission

2021 | Archive 2017 – 2021 | Archive 2009 – 2017

In accordance with Section 304 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980, Certificates of Competency must be presented to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for presidential nominees to be Chief of Mission that demonstrate the competence of [a] nominee to perform the duties of the position in which he or she is to serve. Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017, Certificates of Competency are posted to this site within seven days of transmittal to the Senate.

Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR)

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Federal Viewpoint Surveys

The Department’s 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) was conducted between September 22 and November 2, 2020. The response rate was 50 percent, 6 percentage points higher than the 2019 response rate of 44 percent. Click on the link below for the survey results.

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Key Officers List

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List of U.S. Ambassadors

To view the most recent list of U.S. Ambassadors serving at U.S. diplomatic missions overseas and at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, find the year below, then select the list most recently posted. For historical information, the Office of the Historian provides more comprehensive chronological and alphabetical listings of the of the Department’s Principal Officers and Chiefs of Missions.

Archive 2017 – 2020 | Archive 2009 – 2017

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 FS Pay Schedules

2021 FS Pay Schedules [166 KB]


To recognize the contributions to our country and to the Department,  RNet is a major interactive retirement network for employees, in the website tradition of an alumni network. The philosophy behind RNet: the lifetime relationship between annuitants and the Department. Like any good university alumni system, the Department and our nation’s foreign policy can only benefit from a strong and engaged retiree network. Visit RNet»

State Magazine

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Workforce Statistics

The Bureau of Global Talent Management is responsible for the greatest asset – our people.

Our mission is to recruit, retain, sustain, and empower a diverse, talented workforce to carry out the Department’s foreign policy goals and priorities. The Department has three distinct personnel systems: Civil Service (CS), Foreign Service (FS), and Locally Employed Staff (LE Staff).

12/13/20  Foreign Service Promotion Statistics [273 KB]
12/13/20  Foreign Service Promotion Statistics by Diversity [131 KB]
12/13/20  Foreign Service Promotion Statistics by Cone and Diversity [773 KB]
9/30/21  Global Talent Management Fact Sheet As Of 9/30/2021 [134 KB]
9/30/21  Department Of State – Diversity Statistics Full Time Permanent Workforce [350 KB]

  Department of State Facts About Our Most Valuable Asset – Our People (Trends Since 2007) [504 KB]
02/06/20  Five Year Workforce Plan FY19 – FY23 [1 MB]
01/23/15  Public Law 113 499 Initiatives To Increase Workforce Diversity In The Department Of State [576 KB]

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