By Patricia H. Kushlis
Here is an ever lengthening list of links to posts in our WV series about continuing Human Resources problems at the State Department. There are 38 related posts in this series which includes three by Joan Wadelton. They appear in chronological order beginning with August 11, 2016 at the top and ending with January 23, 2008 at the bottom.
Why is this compendium important? These problems are systemic, non-partisan, and negatively impact the functioning of what should be the lead foreign affairs department in the US government. They could and should be corrected. The problems identified may foremost be a result of long time neglect of a once proud department combined with a law (The Foreign Service Act of 1980) that has failed this country's diplomats and by extension the American people for more than 34 years.
For Washington: Avoiding the Seventh Labor of Hercules, August 11, 2016
Here are the Facts: State Does it Again, October 28, 2015.
Time for Change: Restructuring the State Department for the 21st Century, by Joan Wadleton, Guest Contributor, February 12, 2015.
The Foreign Service: Still Clueless about the Face of America, December 12, 2014.
What's the Big Secret with State's Diversity Statistics and Why? August 25, 2014
Time to Fix the State Department, by Joan Wadelton, Guest Contributor, January 28, 2014
Flawed Administration at State = Ineffective US Foreign Policy, October 4, 2013
Abedin the Irreplaceable: My Eye, August 26, 2013
The GAO Report: Plus ça change, plus c'est le même chose, August 1, 2013
Secretary Kerry - Please Fix It - Now, June 17, 2013
Maura Harty's Latest State Department Reincarnation, January 18, 2013.
Benghazi and State: Where do the Bucks Stop, January 11, 2013.
GAO Taking a Look at State Department HR Bureau, November 14, 2012.
Joan's Case #3, Cover-Up, Not Clean Up, June 9, 2012.
The State of State: Joan's Case Continued, May 2, 2012.
State Department Human Resources: A System Run Amok, March 14, 2012
Still a Man's World - Foggy Bottom's Bohemian Grove, July 22, 2011 (see also June 23, 2014 post above)
A Whistle Blown at State, Finally, November 23, 2010
Smoking Gun or Whitewash: the Continuing State Department Human Resources Saga, October 12, 2010 with November 17, 2010 Update
The Broom’s April Check Up, April 16, 2010
System in Need of a Large Broom: Buyer Beware, December 2, 2009
Clean Up Time at Foggy Bottom, March 9, 2009
Favoritism in the Ranks Saga Continues at State, May 27, 2008
Why the AFSA Survey Was Right, February 26, 2008