New York City Federal Reserve Bank: The Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Written by Staff Writer Reporter Ahmed Sufi lived in the US for 19 years. Prior to his work at CNN, he served as a Foreign Service Officer in Djibouti and Rwanda and retired from…

New York City Federal Reserve Bank: The Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Written by Staff Writer

Reporter Ahmed Sufi lived in the US for 19 years. Prior to his work at CNN, he served as a Foreign Service Officer in Djibouti and Rwanda and retired from the Foreign Service as an Ambassador-at-Large.

Budgets in a time of shrinking resources: Technology costing millions of dollars; payroll costs in their millions: United States Foreign Service officers at some point in their careers will face that real and theoretical financial reality. Many may leave their service to escape that reality.

To earn their $110,000 or $120,000 per year, many FSOs leave behind family and will have to relocate to the country of their posting.

For FSOs living in New York City, the decision to stay in the US or go back is not an easy one. In all honesty, USFOS receive either the best or worst of life as a family. While one can be asked to do various government-related work while living in the same city, these employees are forced to make the same choices that their neighbors make every day, but because they are in the public arena and have access to a global audience, they are subject to a mix of media scrutiny and criticism that other, less-connected Americans may not face.

And yet, despite the challenges, USFOS who serve in the US continue to seek work on the international scene.

A day in the life of a Foreign Service family

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