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Rice Orders Difficult Posts Filled First

The State Department plans to implement sweeping changes in the way foreign service officers bid for new assignments in an effort to more quickly fill vacancies in Iraq and the growing number of dangerous hardship posts in the Middle East. The new rules were outlined in a cable sent last week by Foreign Service Director General George M. Staples to department personnel that cited “increasing international turmoil.” They are intended to shake up the State Department culture so that overseas service becomes more frequent and more focused on global hot spots. Full Story

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