The Office of Foreign Missions

By Mary Kate Godfrey, Carina Sarracino, and Aaron Yost With a clear congressional mandate, minimal staff, seven domestic locations, and the ability to positively influence...
From left: The SAIT Sandbox team Sam Fellows, Stefano Rivolta and Jim Hazeltine-Shedd. Photo by Amanda J. Richard

Innovation Sandbox

By Stefano Rivolta  At the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), a nondescript office set among the campus’s numerous classrooms serves as an incubator for new ideas....
A blue visa document is on top of a U.S. blue passport with gold stamped "PASSPORT" letters.

Portsmouth State Annexes

By Trenton Douthett On a former U.S. Air Force base in Portsmouth, N.H., 400 Department of State employees and more than 1,000 contractors work cooperatively...
The Office of Casualty Assistance team (from left) Deputy Director Shannan O’Bryan, Director Kirk Leach, and Program Specialist Tonyia Warren. Photo by Amanda J. Richard

The Office of Casualty Assistance

by Kirk Leach The Office of Casualty Assistance (OCA) was established within the Bureau of Human Resources (HR) in 1999 in the aftermath of the...
Team members of the Office of Multilateral Nuclear and Security Affairs in the C Street lobby of the Harry S. Truman Building, Feb. 18. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr.

The Office of Multilateral Nuclear and Security Affairs

By Janet Chen The global nuclear nonproliferation regime is fundamental to long-term American security. Within the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, the Office of...
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Office of Fire Protection

By Edward Babczak In 1980, the Department of State experienced a large fire at Embassy Cairo that destroyed a warehouse. That same year, Embassy Moscow...
Former Mexican President Peña, U.S. President Trump and Canadian Premier Trudeau sign a joint statement proclaiming the conclusion of a new free trade agreement, Nov. 30, 2018, which was translated by Language Services. Photo courtesy of the White House

Office of Language Services

By Lefteris Kafatos When U.S. leaders converse with representatives from non-English speaking nations, translation plays an imperative role in ensuring successful communication. In 1789, when...

Office of Global Criminal Justice

By Lucy Seyfarth In the spring of 2022, the world watched as Russia relaunched an unjustified and brutal war in Ukraine. Amid the immediate action...
Members of the Department’s OSDBU, (from left) George Price, director; Thelma Edmunds, procurement analyst, Shahrokh “Peter” Zahirieh, senior procurement analyst; Patricia Foster, administrative manager; Rich Vinnacombe, deputy director; Anna Urman, senior procurement analyst, Renee M. Hill, small business liaison; and Dr. J. Anthony Josey, senior procurement analyst. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr.

Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

By Anna Urman Small businesses are the engine of America’s economy and an unparalleled source of innovation, creating nearly two million jobs annually. Eight million...