Grace on Pace

On The Foreign Service Register (FSCE)

Foreign Service Register (FSCE) Diplomatic Security
Foreign Service Register – Construction Engineer Position

I am officially on the Foreign Service Register!

On behalf of the Board of Examiners for the Foreign Service, I am pleased to inform you that you have been granted a favorable suitability clearance and your name has been added to the register for those awaiting appointment to the Foreign Service as a Construction Engineer.

A lot has happened since my last post, including the birth of Esmei, our beautiful baby Girl.  Thinking about a career change has obviously played a second fiddle, but regardless, this is wonderful news.  For those currently involved at various other stages, here is a timeline from the day I originally applied to the position:

  • April 30th, 2014: Foreign Service Construction Engineer: Accepting applications.
  • May 27th, 2014: Submitted my application online
  • May 28th, 2014: Vacancy Announcement Closed
  • June 11th, 2014: Foreign Service Construction Engineer: Accepting applications Again.
  • July 9th, 2014: Vacancy Announcement Closed
  • July 15th, 2014: Invited for Oral Assessment on August 18th, 2014 @ 9:00am
  • August 18th, 2014: Passed Oral Assessment with Score of 6.0 out of 7.0 (5.15 Passing)
  • August 21st, 2014: Submitted My Security Clearance Documentation
  • September 3rd, 2014: Submitted My Medical Clearance Documentation (Waiting for Jennilou to Heal and Baby to Grow Before Submitting Theirs)
  • September 17th, 2014: Received Worldwide Medical Clearance
  • September 19th, 2014: Contacted by a Security Investigator
  • September 21st, 2014: Interviewed by Security Investigator
  • November 4th, 2014: My Neighbor Called To Say He Was Interviewed by a Security Investigator (Last One of the 12 People That I Know Of)
  • November 10th, 2014: Received e-mail Indicating I have been granted a Favorable Suitability Clearance for the Foreign Service Register
  • November 10th, 2014: Received followup e-mail Indicating I am Placed #4 of 6 on the Foreign Service Register for Construction Engineers

It’s fantastic to have made it this far in the process, but without knowing exactly how many positions State is looking to fill this year, being ranked fourth on the Foreign Service Register is a bit unsettling.  I thought I would have been higher with my test score, but without any bonus points for knowing a foreign languages or having prior experience with the Federal government, I will have to take it.  Nevertheless, after nearly six years of applying to the position, I’m extremely happy to be at the final final step before an appointment. With any luck, I will be chosen for the upcoming Orientation for Foreign Service Specialists I found planned for January 26th on the Foreign Service Institute Training Services Course Schedule.

CaptureAt this point I don’t believe there is anything else I can do, but sit back and enjoy the moment.  And to start, that means trying to get some rest….


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Jeff Grace

I’d like to hope that when I leave this earth, my family and friends believe something about me giving as fully as I could. To the people I love and to the areas of culture that excited me to build things. Then a lot of dancing, loud music and talking about what an idiot I made of myself during that process.

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