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Executive Order 12293--The Foreign Service of the United States

Source: The provisions of Executive Order 12293 of Feb. 23, 1981, appear at 46 FR 13969, 3 CFR, 1981 Comp., p. 137, unless otherwise noted.

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 Cooperation 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. 2 amended by Executive Order 12388 of Oct. 14, 1982, 47 FR 46245, 3 CFR, 1982 Comp., p. 225]

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.
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, or
(d) Basic rate of pay equivalent to ES 3, or
(e) Basic rate of pay equivalent to ES 2, or
(f) Basic rate of pay equivalent to ES 1.

Sec. 5. There is hereby delegated to the Secretary of State, without further action by the President, the authority vested in the President by Section 2107 of the Act to the extent necessary to implement the provisions of Section 2101 of the Act, relating to pay and benefits pending conversion.

Sec. 6. (a) Pursuant to Section 211 of the Act (22 U.S.C. 3931), there is established in the Department of State the Board of Examiners for the Foreign Service.
(b) The Board shall be appointed by, and in accordance with regulations prescribed by, the Secretary of State, except that not less than five shall be career members of the Foreign Service and not less than seven shall be appointed as follows.
(1) not less than five shall be appointed by the heads of the agencies utilizing the Foreign Service personnel system;
(2) not less than one shall be a representative appointed by the Director of the Office of Personnel Management; and
(3) not less than one shall be a representative appointed by the Secretary of Labor.
(c) The Secretary of State shall designate from among the members of the Board a Chairman who is a member of the Service.
(d) The Secretary of State shall provide all necessary administrative services and facilities for the Board.

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. 8 amended by Executive Order 12363 of May 21, 1982, 47 FR 22497, 3 CFR, 1982 Comp., p. 183]

Sec. 9. (a) Pursuant to Section 210 of the Act there is established in the Department of State the Board of the Foreign Service (22 U.S.C. 3930).
(b) The Board shall be composed of the designated number of representatives of the heads of the following agencies:
(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, 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 must be a career member of the Senior Foreign Service;
(6) Department of Labor, one member;
(7) Office of Personnel Management, one member;
(8) Office of Management and Budget, one member; and,
(9) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, one member;
(c) The membership of the Board shall be selected from among officials who are knowledgeable in matters concerning the management of the Foreign Service. Except for the career members of the Senior Foreign Service from the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Commerce, the United States Information Agency, and the United States International Development Cooperation Agency, the members of the Board shall be selected from among those who have the rank of Assistant Secretary or higher or a position of comparable responsibility.
(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. 9 added by Executive Order 12363 of May 21, 1982, 47 FR 22497, 3 CFR, 1982 Comp., p. 183; amended by Executive Order 12388 of Oct. 14, 1982, 47 FR 46245, 3 CFR, 1982 Comp., p. 225; Executive Order 12536 of Oct. 9, 1985, 50 FR 41477, 3 CFR, 1985 Comp., p. 394]

Sec. 10. Pursuant to Section 202(a)(2)(B) and (a)(3)(B) of the Act (22 U.S.C. 3922(a)(2)(B), (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 Management 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 Department of Agriculture, not to exceed 125 positions, without the prior approval of the Director of the Office of Personnel Management;
(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.

[Sec. 10 added by Executive Order 12363 of May 21, 1982, 47 FR 22497, 3 CFR, 1982 Comp., p. 183]


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