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nel in your country of assignment should be made aware of your authority and responsibilities. It is their duty to keep you thoroughly and currently informed about all their activities so you can effectively direct, coordinate and supervise United States programs and operations under your jurisdiction and recommend missionwide policies to Washington.
Without restricting their right to communicate on a timely basis with superiors in their own departments and agencies, you have the authority to review message traffic to and from all personnel under your jurisdiction. Policy guidance and instructions will be sent to you from the Secretary of State or from me. I expect you to report with directness and candor. The Secretary of State has the responsibility not only for the activities of the Department of State and the Foreign Service but also, to the fullest extent permitted by law, for the overall direction, coordination and supervision of the United States Government activities overseas. There may be developments or decisions on which personnel under your authority disagree. The Secretary of State and I will always welcome the opportunity to consider your recommendations for alternative courses of action and policy proposals.
As Commander-in-Chief, I have authority over United States military forces. Apart from forces under the command of a U.S. area military commander and Department of Defense personnel seconded to international organizations, you shall assume responsibility for the direction, coordination and supervision of all Defense Department personnel within your country of accreditation. This includes, for example, responsibility for Defense Attache Offices, units engaged in security assistance and other military components attached to your Mission, as well as other activities by Defense personnel which may have an impact on the conduct of our diplomatic relations with the country of your assignment.
To carry out our national policies effectively, it is important that Chiefs of Diplomatic Mission and the concerned United States area military commanders as well as Chiefs of Mission accredited to international organizations, maintain close relations, keeping each other currently informed, and cooperating on all matters of mutual interest. You should report to the Secretary of State differences of view which cannot be resolved in the field.
Cutting the cost of government is of particular concern to me. The size of our representation abroad must be related to a stringent appraisal of policy and program requirements, and the number of personnel of all agencies must be kept at the minimum necessary to achieve our objectives. I consider this to be one of your most important goals. You should inform the Secretary of State when you believe that the staff of any agency or program is in excess of our needs. Routine implementing personnel actions remain the responsibility of the parent departments and agencies.
I have notified all heads of departments and agencies of the Government concerning the authority and responsibilities of the Chiefs of American Diplomatic Missions, and I have asked them to inform their personnel in the field accordingly.
You have my personal confidence as you undertake your mission. I am sure that you will represent our country with the skill, dedication and good will which your post demands. Sincerely,
f. The Foreign Service of the United States Executive Order 12293, February 23, 1981, 46 F.R. 13969; as amended by Execu
tive Order 12363, May 21, 1982, 47 F.R. 22497; Executive Order 12388, October 14, 1982, 47 F.R. 46245; and by Executive Order 12536, October 9, 1985, 50 F.R. 41477
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (94 Stat. 2071, 22 U.S.C. 3901 et seq.), Section 202 of the Revised Statutes (22 U.S.C. 2656), and Section 301 of Title 3 of the United States Code, and in order to provide for the administration of the Foreign Service of the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. There are hereby delegated to the Secretary of State those functions vested in the President by Sections 205, 401(a), 502(c), 613, and 801 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980, hereinafter referred to as the Act (22 U.S.C. 3925, 3942(a)(1), 3892(c), 4013, and 4041).
Sec. 2. The Secretary of State shall, in accord with Section 205 of the Act (22 U.S.C. 3925), consult with the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Commerce, the Director of the United States Information Agency, the Director of the United States International Development Corporation Agency, the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, in order to ensure compatibility between the Foreign Service personnel system and other government personnel systems.
Sec. 3. The Secretary of State shall make recommendations to the President through the Director of the Office of Management and Budget whenever action is appropriate under Section 827 of the Act (22 U.S.C. 4067) to maintain existing conformity between the Civil Service Retirement and Disability System and the Foreign Service Retirement and Disability System.
Sec. 4. In accord with Section 402 of the Act (22 U.S.C. 3962), there are established the following salary classes with titles for the Senior Foreign Service (SFS), at basic rates of pay equivalent to that established from time to time for the Senior Executive Service (ES) under Section 5382 of Title 5 of the United States Code. Career Minister
(a) Basic rate of pay equivalent to ES 6. Minister-Counselor
(a) Basic rate of pay equivalent to ES 6, or (b) Basic rate of pay equivalent to ES 5, or (c) Basic rate of pay equivalent to ES 4.
1 22 U.S.C 3901 note.
2 The reference to the United States Information Agency was substituted in lieu of a reference to the International Communication Agency by sec. 4 of Executive Order 12388.
Sec. 5. There is hereby delegated to the Secretary of State, with-
Sec. 6. (a) Pursuant to Section 211 of the Act (22 U.S.C. 3931),
(b) The Board shall be appointed by, and in accordance with reg-
(1) not less than five shall be appointed by the heads of the
(2) not less than one shall be a representative appointed by
(3) not less than one shall be a representative appointed by
(d) The Secretary of State shall provide all necessary administra-
Sec. 7. For the purpose of ensuring the accuracy of information used in the administration of the Foreign Service Retirement and Disability System, the Secretary of State may request from the Secretary of Defense and the Administrator of Veterans Affairs such information as the Secretary deems necessary. To the extent permitted by law: (a) The Secretary of Defense shall provide information on retired or retainer pay provided under Title 10, United States Code; and, (b) the Administrator of Veterans Affairs shall provide information on pensions or compensation provided under Title 38 of the United States Code. The Secretary, in consultation with the officials from whom information is requested, shall ensure that information made available under this Order is used only for the purpose authorized.
Sec. 8. The first seven Sections of this Order shall be effective as of February 15, 1981.
Sec. 9.3 (a) Pursuant to Section 210 of the Act there is estab-
(b) The Board shall be composed of the designated number of rep-
Secs. 9 and 10 were added by Executive Order 12363. Executive Order 12536 revoked sec. 9(e)
(1) Department of State, four members, at least three of whom must be career members of the Senior Foreign Service;
(2) United States Information Agency,4 two members, one of whom must be a career member of the Senior Foreign Service;
(3) United States International Development Cooperation Agency, two members, one of whom must be a career member of the Senior Foreign Service;
(4) Department of Agriculture, two members, one of whom must be a career member of the Senior Foreign Service;
(5) Department of Commerce, two members, one of whom
(6) Department of Labor, one member;
(9) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, one
(d) The Secretary of State may from time to time request the heads of other agencies to designate representatives to participate in the functions of the Board on a regular or occasional basis.
(e) The Secretary of State shall provide all necessary administrative services and facilities for the Board.
Sec. 10.4 Pursuant to section 202(aX2(B) and (aX3XB) of the Act (22 U.S.C. 3922(aX2XB), (a)(3)(B)), it is hereby determined to be necessary, in order to enable the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Commerce to carry out functions which require service abroad, for the respective Secretaries, in consultation with the Office of Personnel Management and the Office of Manage ment and Budget, to be able to utilize the Foreign Service personnel system with respect to personnel of the following:
(a) The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the De partment of Agriculture, not to exceed 125 positions, without the prior approval of the Director of the Office of Personnel Manage ment;
(b) The United States Travel and Tourism Administration, and the International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce, not to exceed 30 positions without the prior approval of the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, and providing that assignments to such positions be administered consistent with policies of the Foreign Commercial Service established under Executive Order No. 12188.
* The reference to the United States Information Agency was substituted in lieu of a reference to the International Communication Agency by sec. 5 of Executive Order 12388.