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How to Become a USAID Foreign Service Officer

As all government employees are aware, unless one is fortunate enough to fall under a “special hiring authority”, the Federal hiring process is often long, opaque, and sometimes painful. 1,821 more words


Language Training

After you get your assignment, it’s often time to learn a new language. In my case, that means 24 weeks of Brazilian Portuguese.

Coming in with Japanese, I was both a little concerned and cautiously optimistic about this process. 297 more words


FSI CBOK Study: Effective Assurance Alone Is No Guarantee of Internal Audit Success

By Mike Thor, Managing Director
Leader of Protiviti’s North American Internal Audit practice

This year the internal audit agenda for the financial services industry is more than a little crowded. 417 more words

Internal Audit

Distance Learning Begins

My Distance Learning class started this week.  This is a language course (Mandarin, naturally) that’s all online, no classroom.  FSI’s website has everything you need: course materials, several ways to interact with your fellow students, and a mentor that guides you through the class.  367 more words


7th Annual NAPSA Summit on Elder Financial Exploitation

We are proud to be one of the newest sponsors for the 7th Annual NAPSA Summit on Elder Financial Exploitation. The National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) Summit aims at bringing together various industries to learn what role each plays in addressing elder financial exploitation and strategies on how to best coordinate information, strategies and tactics. 198 more words

Independent Financial Advisors

Don't be a burden, Part 1

Once we get to post in Shenyang, Diplowife will be working at the Consulate, and I’ll be on my own for 40+ hours a week.  In China.  389 more words