Overcoming Virtual Challenges

By Calvin Clessas, Celia Lee, and Waqas Feroze The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) is responsible for acquiring, designing, constructing, and maintaining Department of...

Putting People First

Four people dressed in business clothes wearing protective face masks bump fists.
By Ronda Capeles People first. Successful organizations focus on integrating all aspects of employee satisfaction into business-related processes, and the Bureau of Overseas Business Operations...

Managing Progress

A man is shown in the viewfinder of a camera while a man conducts an interview in the background.
By Isaac D. Pacheco As the only leadership position of its kind among the federal government’s cabinet agencies, the deputy secretary of state for management...

Climate for Change

President Joe Biden kicks off the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate on Earth Day, April 22. Photo by Adam Schultz
Opening photo: President Joe Biden speaks at the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate on Earth Day, April 22. Photo by Adam Schultz  By Emma Sylves-Berry There is no greater...

Women in Security

From left: Local guard force members Yelena Sakova, Olga Seyidova, and Milayne Abasova at the new embassy compound, May 11. Photo by Matthew A. Shedd
From left: Local guard force members Yelena Sakova, Olga Seyidova, and Milayne Abasova at the new embassy compound, May 11. Photo by Matthew A....

Naval Support Unit

By Lt. Timothy Dahms The Department of State works closely with the Department of Defense all around the world. For many, entering an overseas post...

Transparent Communication

Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Global Talent Carol Z. Perez (seventh from left) attends the Locally Employed (LE) Staff Regional Workshop at Embassy Colombia, Aug. 22, 2019. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Global Talent Management
Opening photo: Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Global Talent Carol Z. Perez (seventh from left) attends the Locally Employed (LE)...

Virtual Onboarding

 Opening illustration by Elisabeth Schettle By LaToya Lester In March 2020, while many around the world were hurriedly bracing for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Power of Example

Even in a country often perceived as homogeneous and untouched by racial issues, thousands marched to protest in Tokyo, showcasing their outrage over the death of George Floyd, June 14, 2020. Photo by Eugene Hoshiko
Opening photo: Even in a country often perceived as homogeneous and untouched by racial issues, thousands marched to protest in Tokyo, showcasing their outrage...

Remote Reunion

A photo of the second graduating class of the Foreign Service, 1925, hangs behind a computer screen showing the Foreign Affairs Day opening slide, with a Department of State mug placed on the desk.
By Amanda McCarthy Since 1965, Foreign Affairs Day has served as an annual homecoming for Department of State retirees, honoring their service and bringing them...