Clarification and Update on the FOC Nomination Process

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Dec 092015

In an effort to clarify the reorganization process of the Fencing Officials Commission (FOC), please see the information below on the candidate review, nomination process and the interview panel(s) composition.

Candidate Review Process

  1. The USA Fencing National Office administers the application process for the FOC reorganization. The deadline to apply is December 11, 2015 and the National Office will monitor the email applications and provide a list of all candidates for the positions to the interview panel(s). All applicant information will also be included in the final report to the President of USA Fencing and the Board of Directors.
  2. The interview panel(s) reviews the applicants and rates each candidate based on qualifications and experience as indicated in the posted job descriptions. Phone interviews will be conducted with the top candidates utilizing the interview questions that are included in this document. The National Office will provide administrative support to conduct the interview calls.
  1. The FOC interview panel(s) will submit their final recommendations for each position, along with rationale to the President of USA Fencing and the Board of Directors for review and final approval.

Interview Panel(s)

Soren Thompson was appointed to work with the Athletes Council to select interview panels utilizing the procedure below.

The interview panels shall include the following, selected by the Athlete Council:

  1. Two members who are current or past FOC members, who are not applying for any position on the new FOC.
  2. Two members who are current referees (not past or present FOC members).
  3. Administrative support will be provided by a National Office staff member.

Interview Questions

  1. Give an example of when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with. Why was this person difficult? How did you handle that person?
  1. What steps do you follow to study a problem before making a decision?
  1. Tell me about the most significant project you have worked on in which it was crucial to keep track of details while still managing the “big picture.” What was the project? What skills did you utilize in managing it? How did you make sure the work got done? How did you keep focused on the overall goal of the project while still managing all of the specific parts? How did the project turn out? What feedback did you receive on your management of the task?
  1. When was the last time you solved a difficult problem that would have significant impact? What was the situation? How did you go about analyzing the problem? What additional information did you gather? What alternative solutions did you consider? Tell me how you implemented your solution. What was the outcome?
  1. Tell me about your experience managing people? What have you done when your direct reports are not meeting expectations?
  1. How have you assigned tasks to those who have reported to you? How do you ensure their tasks are completed on time? What did you do when a deliverable from a specific task was delayed? How did you communicate to the stakeholders?

Applications are due by Friday, December 11, 2015.  Submit your letter of interest to

A Request for Information

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Dec 052015

December 1, 2015

The Ethics Committee of the Fencing Officials’ Committee, in accordance with our duties to uphold the highest standards of behavior in the referee corps, issues the following statement:

There was an incident at the October NAC of the 2015-16 season where a male referee’s pool score sheet went missing from a scoring table. It was recovered later from the women’s restroom after a search initiated by the Bout Committee.

It is alleged that another referee was responsible for removing the score sheet and hiding it from the responsible party, potentially damaging the smooth running of the tournament.

We are seeking more evidence about this incident. To further that end, the case will remain open for one year from this date. Anyone who knows anything about this incident is urged to step forward and offer an eye-witness account. Anonymity will be protected.

Peter Burchard, Chair
Bill Becker
Sharon Everson