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T5 B65 GAO Visa Docs 6 of 6 Fdr- Nov 01 DOS Cable- ion of Authority for Officer User Roles 849

T5 B65 GAO Visa Docs 6 of 6 Fdr- Nov 01 DOS Cable- ion of Authority for Officer User Roles 849

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P301844ZNOV01
FM
SECSTATE WASHDC
TO
ALLDIPLOMATICANDCONSULAR POSTS PRIORITYSPECIAL EMBASSY PROGRAM
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AMEMBASSY NASSAUAMEMBASSY NDJAMENAAMCONSUL PESHAWARAMCONSUL LAHOREUNCLAS STATE
206273E.0.12958:
N/A
TAGS: CMGT, APER,
KCSY,
CVIS,
CPAS. CASC, KSEPSUBJECT: MANAGEMENT CONTROLS: DOCUMENTATION OF AUTHORITY
FOR
OFFICER USER ROLES
REF:
(A)
STATE
189351,
(B)
STATE
184995,
(0 CMH
642.2
1.
THIS
IS AN
ACTION CABLE. CONSULAR SECTION CHIEFS
SEE
PARAGRAPHS
29 31.
RCOS
SEE
PARAGRAPH
32.
THIS
TASKING
HAS
BEEN
CLEARED BY M/P (SEP).SUMMARY
2.
WITH
THE
EXCEPTION
OF
CERTAIN CIVIL SERVICE ADJUDICATORS
IN
MEXICO
(TO BE
ADDRESSED
SEPTEL), ALL
PERSONS
WHO ARE
GIVEN OFFICER
LEVEL
CONSULAR AUTHORITY
MUST
HAVE COMPLETED
THE
FULL
26 DAY
CONSULAR COURSE(CONGEN)
AND
RECEIVED
POST-SPECIFIC
AUTHORITY
TO
PERFORM CONSULAR
FUNCTIONS.
(
<
REF
(A)
ASKED POSTS
TO
ENSURE THAT CONSULAR SHARED TABLES(CST) USER ACCOUNTS
AND
CONSULAR ROLES
ARE
APPROPRIATE
AND
UP TO DATE.
1
s
3. WE NOW ASK YOU TO
CONFIRM THAT PROPER DOCUMENTATION
IS
ON
FILE
AT
POST
FOR
EACH PERSON
WITH
OFFICER LEVEL
AUTHORITY
(I.E.,
AN
NIV.
IV OR ACS
OFFICER USER ROLE
IN
CST).
THIS
CABLE EXPLAINS THE DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS FOR
VARIOUS
CATEGORIES
OF
CONSULAR PERSONNEL
AND
PROVIDESGUIDANCE
IF
REQUIRED EVIDENCE
OF
AUTHORITY
IS
MISSING.Pagel
 
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4.
MAINTAINING
THE
ACCURACY
AND
INTEGRITY
OF CST
USERACCOUNTS
IS ONE OF
YOUR MOST IMPORTANT ACTIVITIES
AS A
CONSULARMANAGER.
IN
ADDITION
TO
PERIODIC AUDITS
OF
CONSULAR
ACCOUNTS FROM
WASHINGTON,
REGIONAL CONSULAR
OFFICERS
WILL IN FUTURE BE ASKED TO CONFIRM EVIDENCE OF
CONSULAR
AUTHORITY FOR ALL ADJUDICATORS WHEN THEY
VISIT
POSTS.INADDITION,
DIG
HASAGREEDTOMAKEAREVIEWOF
THIS
DOCUMENTATION
A
ROUTINE PART
OF
POST
INSPECTIONS.
END
SUMMARY.
CONSULAR
COMMISSIONS
AND
CONSULAR
TITLES:
WHAT
THEY ARE,HOW THEY DIFFER,
AND WHY
THEY
ARE
IMPORTANT
5.
COMMISSIONS
AND
TITLES
ARE
AMONG
THE
MOST CONFUSED TERMS
IN THE
STATE DEPARTMENT. FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICERS (FSOS)
RECEIVE
A CONSULAR
COMMISSION
AFTER BEING SWORN
INTO
THEFOREIGN SERVICE.
THE
COMMISSION,
EMBODIED
IN A
CERTIFICATE SIGNED
BY THE
PRESIDENT,
IS
GRANTED EVEN
IF
THE
OFFICER
HAS NOT
TAKEN CONGEN.
IT
INDICATES ONLY THATTHE OFFICER IS ELIGIBLE FOR A CONSULAR TITLE UPONCOMPLETIONOFCONGENAND
ASSIGNMENT
TO APOST.BYITSELF,
A
CONSULAR
COMMISSION
DOES
NOT
CONVEY AUTHORITY
TO
ADJUDICATE VISAS OR PERFORM ANY CONSULAR FUNCTION. THE
COMMISSION
CAN BE COMPARED TO A LAW SCHOOL DIPLOMA. THEDIPLOMA MAKESYOUELIGIBLETOAPPLYFOR
ADMISSION
TO A BAR
AFTER
PASSING THE BAR
EXAM,
BUT DOES NOT AUTHORIZE YOU TOPRACTICE LAW.
6. THE
OFFICE RESPONSIBLE
FOR
GRANTING CONSULAR TITLES
IS
HRICDAfSL/PASfT&R (T&R) DIRECTED BY JOANN ALBA. T&R
(TITLE
AND RANK) VERIFIES WHETHER EACH OFFICER ASSIGNED TO
A
CONSULAR POSITION OVERSEAS HAS COMPLETED CONGEN. IF THE
OFFICER
HAS MET
THIS
REQUIREMENT,
THE
RANK
AND
CONSULARTITLE (E.G., THIRD SECRETARY
AND
VICE
CONSUL)
ARE
REFLECTED
IN
ASSIGNMENT ORDERS.
IF
POST
HAS
EVIDENCE THAT
THE
OFFICER
HAS A
CONSULAR TITLE (ASSIGNMENT ORDERS
OR A
CABLE
FROM T&R GRANTING A
TITLE),
FURTHER CONFIRMATIONTHAT CONGEN
WAS
COMPLETED
IS NOT
REQUIRED.7. T&R DOES NOT ROUTINELY GRANT A CONSULAR TITLE TO FSOSASSIGNED
TO
OTHER SECTIONS
IN A
MISSION.
THEREFORE,
AN
FSO
(FROM
ANY
CONE, INCLUDING CONSULAR)
WHO IS
ASSIGNED
TO
A
NON-CONSULAR
JOB
OVERSEAS PROBABLY WILL
NOT
HAVE
A
 
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CONSULAR
TITLE AND WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO AN OFFICER
LEVEL
USER
ROLE.
THUS,
IF YOU
BORROW
AN
OFFICER FROM
ANOTHER
SECTION TO DO CONSULAR
WORK,
YOU
MUST
VERIFY THAT
THE
OFFICERS ORDERS INCLUDE
A
CONSULAR TITLE.
IF
NOT,
YOU
MUST
REQUEST AND OBTAIN ONE FROM T&R BEFORE THE OFFICER
MAY
WORK
IN THE
CONSULAR SECTION. AGAIN,
THE
FACT THATTHE OFFICER
HAS A
CONSULAR
COMMISSION
IS NOT
PERTINENT.
8.
CONSULAR MANAGERS
MUST
ALSO
REMEMBER THAT RANK
BY
ITSELF
DOES
NOT CONFER AUTHORITY TO PERFORM CONSULAR
FUNCTIONS.
EVEN
SENIOR FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICERS
AND
AMBASSADORS
DONOT
HAVE
THIS
AUTHORITY UNLESS THEY HAVE COMPLETED CONGEN
AND
HAVE RECEIVED
A
POST-SPECIFIC
CONSULAR TITLE.
9. OF
COURSE,
IN
TRUE EMERGENCY SITUATIONS
ANY
AMERICAN
OFFICER
MAY
ASSIST
IN
PROTECTING
THE
WELFARE
OF
U.S.CITIZENS. SUCH EMERGENCY SERVICES, HOWEVER,DO NOTINCLUDE
THE
ADJUDICATION
OR
ISSUANCE
OF
VISAS,
PASSPORTS
OR
ANY
OTHER
FEE-BASED
SERVICE.
O
FSOS
ASSIGNED
TO
CONSULAR SECTIONS
10. ALL
FSOS ASSIGNED
TO
CONSULAR SECTIONS SHOULD HAVECOMPLETED CONGEN AND BEEN GRANTED POST-SPECIFIC CONSULARTITLES.
THE
OFFICERS ASSIGNMENT ORDERS SHOWING THAT
HE/SHE
HAS BEEN GIVEN A CONSULAR TITLE IS SUFFICIENTEVIDENCE OF HAVING MET THESE REQUIREMENTS.
FSOS
ASSIGNED
TO
OTHER SECTIONS
11.
WHILE MOST FSOS ASSIGNED
TO
OTHER SECTIONS
WITHIN
A
MISSION
HAVE COMPLETED CONGEN, CONSULAR MANAGERS SHOULD
NEVER
MAKE THAT
ASSUMPTION.
EXAMPLES:(A)FIRST TOURJOS
ASSIGNED
TO NON-CONSULAR POSITIONS USUALLY HAVE NOT TAKENCONGEN.
IT
MAKES MORE SENSE
FOR
THEM
TO
TAKE
IT
IMMEDIATELY
BEFORE
THE
NEXT
ASSIGNMENT, WHICH
NORMALLYWILL INCLUDE A CONSULAR
COMPONENT.
(B) OFFICERS WHO
ENTERED THE
SERVICE
AS
LATERAL HIRES
OR AS
SPECIALISTS
ANDLATER
CONVERTED
TO
GENERALIST
POSITIONS
MAY
NEVER HAVETAKEN CONGEN.
(C) A FEW
SENIOR FSOS
WHO
ENTERED
THESERVICE
WHEN THEY WERE VERY YOUNG
MAY
NEVER HAVE TAKEN

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