Friday, February 20, 2009

Secretary Clinton responds

Representative Baldwin's office received a response letter yesterday from Secretary Clinton's Actingin Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs. While it would have been nice to get a time line, this is leaps and bounds ahead of what we had during Secretary Rice's tenure.

Thank you for your letter of February 2. As Secretary Clinton made clear in her remarks to employees on February 4, the policies relating to lesbian and gay State Depailment employees are of real concern to her. She views these policies as important not only for workplace fairness and employee retention, but important for their effect on the safety and effectiveness of our embassy communities worldwide.

At her instruction, the Department is reviewing current policies, especially those that are set forth in State Department regulations. Please feel free to contact us further on this or any other matter of concern to vou.

Michael C. Polt
Acting Assistant Secretary
Legislative Affairs

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