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  271 Glossary 13 dimensions  Traits and skills measured during the oral assessment of foreign service candidates (State) 150 account  Section of the federal budget, as prepared by the Office of Management and Budget, dealing with international affairs 360º review  Evaluation by superiors, subordinates, and peers A-100  Basic training and orientation course for new foreign service officers (State) AEP  Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary—full diplomatic title of an ambassador sent by one head of state to another and commissioned to represent and act on behalf of the sending state AFRICOM  See Combatant command AFSA  American Foreign Service Association—the professional association and collective bargaining agent (union) for members of the foreign service. AID, USAID  US Agency for International Development Aide-mémoire  Text summarizing a document or (more often) an oral presentation, often left with officials after a démarche Ambassador  Highest diplomatic rank Ambassador at large  Ambassador not accredited to any foreign state or international organization APEC  Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation ARB  Accountability Review Board, panel convened by the secretary of state to investigate incidents at US posts abroad that result in loss of life or serious injury Area combatant command  See Combatant command Assistant secretary  At the Department of State, the official in charge of a bureau. Assistant secretaries and higher officials require Senate confirmation; deputy assistant secretaries and below do not. Attaché  An official assigned to an embassy to perform a specific task (e.g., military attaché, agricultural attaché) Backstopping  Bureaucratic jargon for providing support Base pay  Basic salary prescribed by law for a given rank or pay grade, may be increased by various allowances and bonuses BBG  Broadcast Board of Governors Bid list  A list of preferred assignments that a member of the service submits to the Bureau of Human Resources Bureau  Basic organization unit of the Department of State; headed by an assistant secretary Cable  Electronic communication sent through official channels requiring clearance, also called telegrams—those originating at an overseas post bear the signature of the officer in charge, those originating in the Department of State bear the signature of the secretary of state or acting secretary 272  Glossary CDO  Career development officer CENTCOM  See Combatant command CERP  Commanders Emergency Response Program Chancery  Embassy building in which the ambassador’s office is located Chargé, chargé d’affaires  Diplomatic title given to an embassy official in charge of a mission in the absence of an ambassador; if temporary, chargé d’affaires ad interim Chief of mission  Head of a diplomatic mission Chief of party  Project leader (USAID) CIA  Central Intelligence Agency Civil service  Corps of civilian public employees, other than members of excluded services (such as the foreign service) Clearance   Approval of a document by offices with an interest in the topic; whoever drafts a document obtains the clearances Coalition Provisional Authority  Governing body in Iraq from April 2003 until June 2004 Codel  State Department jargon for a congressional delegation on official overseas travel COIN  Counterinsurgency COM  Chief of mission Combatant command  One of ten US military unified combatant commands involving more than one service; six are area commands—AFRICOM (African), CENTCOM (central), EUCOM (European), NORTHCOM (northern), PACOM (Pacific), and SOUTHCOM (southern). SOCOM, the Special Operations Command, is one of four functional commands. Cone  One of five functional specializations for foreign service officers: consular affairs, economic affairs, management, political affairs, and public diplomacy; also called track ConGen  Consulate general, a relatively large post headed by a consul general; subordinate to an embassy Constituent post  Overseas post separate from and subordinate to an embassy Consul  Diplomat accredited to perform consular functions, including protection and welfare of citizens of the sending state, representation of commercial interests, and administration of travel controls (visas) Control officer  Member of embassy or consular staff designated to take care of an official delegation or important visitor COPs  Country operating plans CORDS  Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support, an element of the US pacification program during the Vietnam War Counselor  (1) Diplomatic title of an embassy officer responsible for supervising the work of a section (such as agricultural counselor, political counselor, counselor for consular affairs); (2) lowest rank in the senior foreign service; (3) title of a confidential adviser to the secretary of state, the highest-ranking office in the Department of State not requiring Senate confirmation. Not to be confused with consular, which pertains to the work of consuls. CPA  See Coalition Provisional Authority Glossary  273 CRS  See S/CRS DACOR  Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired, a private association...