Membership in Concerned Foreign Service Officers is free and open to all current and former members of the Foreign Service as well as Civil Service employees of the U.S. Department of State.        

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Goals and Objectives of the Organization

Section l. To disseminate information to members of the Foreign Service concerning their responsibilities and obligations regarding the protection of national security information and retention of a clearance for access to such information.

Section 2. To promote understanding of the process for investigation and adjudication of allegations related to employee access to national security information.

Section 3. To promote fair and equitable treatment of members of the Foreign Service in the application of security clearance requirements.

Section 4. To identify and document areas of potential abuse of the security clearance suspension or revocation process with regard to members of the U.S. Foreign Service.

Section 5. To develop and promote programs to inform members of the Foreign Service of their rights concerning the Security Clearance process.

Section 6. To promote professionalism among members of the Foreign Service.


 PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION OF CONCERNED FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICERS:

The members of Concerned Foreign Service Officers;

- Being loyal and patriotic members of the Foreign Service of the United States of America;

- Sworn to protect the Constitution of the United States,

- Dedicated to the Mission of the U.S. Department of State,

- Dedicated to the principle that the Foreign Service of the United States of America should reflect the diversity of the people of the United States;

- Dedicated to the principle that effective functioning of the Foreign Service requires the freedom to express diverse professional viewpoints;

- Concerned about the efficiency of the Foreign Service;

- Concerned about the lack of understanding by members of the Foreign Service of procedures affecting their security clearances;

- Concerned about the potential effect of clearance suspension and revocation decisions on the efficiency of the Foreign Service;

- Concerned about the potential for abuse of security clearance suspensions or revocations to inhibit dissent and free expression of professional views;

- Concerned about the potential for abuse of security clearance and revocation decisions to bypass federal protections for equality in employment;

- Concerned about potential abuse of the security clearance process to circumvent prohibitions against certain personnel practices;

- Believing that efficiency of the service and employee moral requires fair and equitable treatment of employees by management;

- Believing that all members of the Foreign Service should have the opportunity to contribute fully to the service of their country without regard to race, gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or religion, and that they must have recourse in adverse situations without discrimination because of race, gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or religion;

Have united in order to disseminate information pertaining to the security clearance process, to advocate rights and legal protections for members of the Foreign Service and to identify potential areas for abuse of that process, affecting members of the Foreign Service.

 


"As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever."

Clarence Darrow