Writer's Guide to Government Information

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Foreign Affairs Handbooks (State Department)

Foreign Affairs Handbooks (State Department) – https://fam.state.gov/

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What determines the classification level of a State Department telegram?
  • What does it mean for a post to be on “minimize” status and what conditions could lead to it?
  • What are the responsibilities of a Chief of Mission?
  • What are the duties of a Pouch Control Officer?


The following handbooks are available from this site:

  • 2 FAH-1 Foreign Affairs Manual Handbook
  • 2 FAH-2 Post Management Organization Handbook
  • 3 FAH-1 Personnel Operations Handbook
  • 3 FAH-2 Foreign Service National
  • 4 FAH-1 Account Structure and Classification Codes Handbook
  • 4 FAH-2 Disbursing Officer Handbook
  • 4 FAH-3 Financial Management Procedures
  • 5 FAH-1 Correspondence Handbook
  • 5 FAH-2 Telecommunications Handbook
  • 5 FAH-3 TAGS Terms Handbook
  • 5 FAH-4 Records Management Handbook
  • 5 FAH-5 Information Technology Systems Handbook
  • 5 FAH-7 Graphics Standards Handbook
  • 5 FAH-8 Web Development Handbook
  • 5 FAH-11 Information Assurance Handbook
  • 6 FAH-5 ICASS Handbook
  • 14 FAH-1 Department-Wide Personal Property Management
  • 14 FAH-2 Contracting Officer’s Representative Handbook
  • 14 FAH-3 Acquisition Career Management Program Handbook
  • 14 FAH-4 Pouch and Mail Handbook
  • 15 FAH-1 Facilities Maintenance Handbook

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