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Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul released a statement following the State Department’s recent changes to the U.S. Foreign Service admission process. 

“I am troubled that the State Department made the most significant changes in 100 years to the Foreign Service admission process without consulting Congress, the American Foreign Service Association, or seemingly anyone else. The result of this closed-door decision-making is now some of our hard-working foreign service officers are demoralized, and future applicants face a subjective evaluation that is susceptible to political manipulation. Reforms are always welcome, but whatever happened to high, objective standards and transparency?”