06ASTANA559, INL TRAINING, OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 2, FRANKFURT RSC

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06ASTANA559 2006-11-13 04:59 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ASTANA 000559 
 
SIPDIS 
 
POSTS FOR INL AND FMO 
 
DEPT FOR INL/AAE, INL/RM, SCA/CEN, EUR/EX, EUR/RUS 
 
FROM THE REGIONAL INL OFFICER ASTANA 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: SNAR KCRM AMGT AFIN ASEC
SUBJECT: INL TRAINING, OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 2, FRANKFURT RSC 
 
REF: ASTANA 097 
 
1.  Summary:  INL/RM, INL Regional Officer, and INL/AAE conducted 
training for INL personnel and financial management staff from 
missions in Central Asia, Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Ukraine at 
the Frankfurt Regional Support Center (RSC) October 30-November 2. 
 
 
2.  The training introduced participants to INL's new Local 
Financial Management System (LFMS); introduced new employees (and 
refreshed the memory of the experienced officers) to INL procurement 
procedures and policies; provided an overview of INL funding and 
budgeting; included a round table discussion on vetting which will 
be reported septel; updated all participants on changes to the new 
foreign assistance funding "F" process; generated enthusiasm for 
regular training continuum for INL Officers and in particular LES 
employees; and generated thanks and praise for RSC Frankfurt's 
facilities and staff.  End summary. 
 
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LFMS, PROCUREMENT, BUDGET 
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3.  Russ Hugo, Paul Schindwolf, Saowanee Wannawichya, and Wanlabha 
Kumhaeng from INL/RM Bangkok guided all participants through the new 
LFMS application.  Attendees reacted positively to the options it 
provides and look forward to implementing it at their posts. 
Participants requested INL Washington issue guidance on how to 
distribute LFMS data entry workload between ICASS service providers 
and INL personnel. 
 
4.  Mary Pat Hayes-Crow from INL/RM/MS provided a comprehensive 
overview of procurement and even arranged for extra sessions from 
RPSO Frankfurt and the Defense Logistics Agency.  Suggestions by 
participants on procurement included exploring the possibility of a 
blanket waiver for countries of the former Soviet Union to purchase 
Russian language/manufacture computers, other equipment, and 
vehicles. 
 
5.  Ellen Winchester and Dabriun Swain from INL/RM/BUD briefed the 
participants on the movement of funds.  All participants now have a 
better idea of processes that result in funds arriving at post from 
Congressional appropriations.  It is expected that the mechanics of 
the funding process that distributes funds from the Department to 
post will be simplified once LFMS is fully implemented. 
 
6.  INL/AAE's Aaron Alton, Andrew Buhler and Elizabeth Carroll 
briefed post personnel on the new F budgeting process and on INL's 
role in the core teams and the decision making on funding levels for 
INL programs. 
 
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VETTING 
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7. Vetting was the subject of a group discussion that revealed many 
frustrations with the process, although absolutely no disagreement 
about the need to implement the law.  All agreed with the necessity 
of vetting police/security/law enforcement participants receiving 
INL funded assistance, but similarly agreed that there were too many 
gray areas in the policy guidance.  In particular, participants 
noted lack of clarity regarding vetting of police officers receiving 
assistance through third party implementers such as the United 
Nations or the International Organization for Migration or 
non-governmental organizations (NGOs).  INL/AAE attendees offered to 
consolidate the numerous questions and clarify the uncertainties via 
front channel cable to all posts. 
 
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TRAINING 
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8.  Many participants advocated improving the quantity and quality 
of training for INL American and LES employees.  The ongoing session 
(and its two previous iterations for Central Asian posts in June 
2006 and October 2005) were viewed as excellent venues to develop 
 
ASTANA 00000559  002 OF 002 
 
 
project proposals, improve employee skills, and disseminate 
information about new programs and policy.  Suggestions were raised 
that training could further be improved by establishing regular INL 
courses/modules at FSI on procurement, budget, project design and 
implementation, end-use monitoring, vetting, etc, especially for INL 
LE staff members as they are the continuity for all INL overseas 
programs.  A regular training continuum would be useful so that 
newly hired employees would be trained in introductory courses, 
while those with several years of experience would progress through 
a series of higher level courses to provide the necessary knowledge 
to properly and effectively fulfill the INL mission. 
 
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KUDOS FOR RSC FRANKFURT 
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9.  Participants unanimously offered kudos to RSC Annett Jurkutat 
who made all arrangements
for use of training rooms at the RSC and 
requested hotel reservations for the participants.  Ms. Jurkutat was 
organized, logical, and efficient and participants appreciated her 
flexibility in the face of numerous changes to the participant list. 
 
 
ORDWAY

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