3 FAH-1 H-2425.8-3 Deputy Chiefs of Mission (DCMs) and Principal Officers (POs) Assignments (SOP C-2)
(Applies to Foreign Service Employees)
a. The DG chairs a committee, known as the DCM committee that reviews and proposes candidates to serve as DCMs and POs at positions overseas.
b. The DG selects members of Department management to serve on the committee. The committee reviews, in consultation with HR and the relevant bureaus, the eligible bidders on DCM and PO positions. The committee then decides on a list of candidates to fill the position.
c. The committee sends the list of DCM candidates to the COM; the COM may select from among the candidates to fill the position. If there is no COM at post, or in some cases if the COM is to depart post before the DCM arrives, the committee sends the list of candidates to the Assistant Secretary of the relevant bureau. The Assistant Secretary, in these cases, selects the DCM.
d. The DCM committee itself selects candidates to serve as POs.