OBO’s Director Tad Davis presented the Franklin award to representatives from 13 posts, in recognition of their superior performance in the program and their contribution to this life-saving mission. Photo by Dan Petersen
The Office of Safety, Health and Environmental Management in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) coordinated a workshop for posts who participate in the Department of State’s event data recorder program. Vehicle event data recorders are installed in motor vehicles at 25 embassies located in the riskiest driving...
Moderated by Anya Creightney from the Library of Congress’ Poetry and Literature Center, the event featured authors Irene P. Mathieu, Jessica Mehta and Nina Murray who shared excerpts from their published works and spoke about their experiences being poets as cultural emissaries. Photo by Amanda J. Richard
In honor of National Poetry Month, the Ralph J. Bunche Library in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, featured four women writers as part of their Speaker Series, April 22. Moderated by Anya Creightney from the Library of Congress’ Poetry and Literature Center, the event featured...
A mentor meets with mentees.
The Council for Career Enhancement and Professionalization (CCEP), one of 14 employee affinity groups at the Department of State, hosted a speed mentoring event, April 17, where four Department leaders gathered to offer their years of experience and advice to approximately 30 participants. The mentors rotated every 12 minutes...
Children that attended Take Your Child to Work Day, April 25, were sworn in by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and attended an assortment of activities throughout the day. Photo by State Magazine
By Michael Karlsberg More than 1,000 children attended Take Your Child to Work Day, April 25, where the work of the Department of State was put on display. This annual event is held in Washington, D.C., in addition to most posts overseas.  In Washington, the day began with the Director General...
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issues the formal oath of office at the conclusion of the 150th SOAR class. Photo by Michael Morrison
By Michael Grantham On Nov. 26, 2018, a group of strangers walked into the William J. Burns auditorium and experienced the first taste of their new Foreign Service careers. The 150th Specialist Orientation Class included 72 members representing 10 specialties, including Diplomatic Security special agent candidates, information management specialists, office...
The goal of the “Preventing Harassment at State (PK405)” course is to ensure employees are familiar with the laws and Department policies prohibiting harassment and know how to report allegations of harassment. Illustration courtesy of the Foreign Service Institute
By Amanda J. Richard In a ceremony in the C Street lobby of HST, April 26, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo introduced the Department of State’s new professional Ethos statement, emphasizing the idea of  “One Team, One Mission, One Future.” Demonstrating respect in the workplace is a key component to...
ConGen Rio de Janeiro Consular Officer Jenna Paisley answers visa applicants questions during the first Instagram Live for Mission Brazil. Photo by Carlos Kulps
By Anne Foss In February, the consular and public affairs sections at the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro produced Consular Team Brazil’s first-ever Instagram Live. The initiative was part of Consular Team Brazil’s outreach goal to use social media to engage the local community and demystify the visa...
From left: Wiley Skaret and anti-narcotics police officer, graffiti artist and painter Lt. Oscar Gonzalez pose for a photo at the U.S. Ambassador’s Independence Day Celebration, July 2018. Skaret performed at the event on the James 1 piano, which was designed by Gonzalez. Photo courtesy of Embassy Bogota
By Kate Bartlett Often working in dangerous areas of the country, the Colombian National Police are at the forefront of the strategy to reduce cocaine production in Colombia, a major priority for Embassy Bogota. They are responsible for protecting both Colombians and Americans from the dangers of drugs, and as...
From left: The Pol/Econ team at the embassy art opening Patricia Viscarra, Patricia Kehoe, Brent Corby, Chargé d’Affaires Bruce Williamson, Kimberly Austin, Jose Ribero, Rolf Olson, Stephanie Guerra-Smith, Javier Lopez-Videla and Martin Palermo enjoys showcasing their newly acquired artwork. Photo by Carmen Julia Arze
By Kimberly Austin The Pol/Econ section at U.S. Embassy La Paz regularly conducts meetings with local contacts, which creates the need for a space that reflects positively on American values. In a country with an ongoing negative narrative of the United States, presentation is important. Previously, the space used for...
Bureau of Human Resources Deputy Assistant Secretary Philippe Lussier gave remarks at the locally employed (LE) staff nameplate unveiling ceremony last December. The event honored the lives of seven LE staff who worked for the Department of State and U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) at U.S. Embassies abroad when they lost their lives. Representatives from the USAGM attended, as well as principal officials from the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and each of the regional bureaus of the LE staff honored. “[LE staff] are truly the backbone of our institutions. Their work is indispensable to advancing our foreign policy goals at more than 276 embassies and consulates worldwide,” said Lussier.
Bureau of Human Resources Deputy Assistant Secretary Philippe Lussier gave remarks at the locally employed (LE) staff nameplate unveiling ceremony last December. The event honored the lives of seven LE staff who worked for the Department of State and U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) at U.S. Embassies abroad...