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In late April, the State Department announced that the Foreign Service Officer Test would no longer serve as a mechanism to cull the ranks of applicants, but rather all applicants would now move forward onto the Qualifications Evaluation Panel and their FSOT score would be factored into the evaluation.
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In a letter to Tillerson, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said a hiring freeze in effect since late January at the State Department has almost halted the influx of new foreign service officers.
State reports just 5 percent of foreign service generalists and 25 percent of the civil service corps are African American. Hispanics make up 5 percent of foreign service generalists and 6 percent of the civil service.
By Adam Stone