Department publishes its first Geospatial Data Strategy

By Erin Dudley The Geospatial Data Act (GDA) was signed into law, Oct. 5, 2018, and recognizes geospatial data as a critical component of the national infrastructure and economy. GDA identifies the Department of State...
The cover of the January 1980 issue of State Magazine (The Department of State Newsletter) shows a man and woman standing in front of a building in black and white.

Flashback: January 1980

Then-U.S. Ambassador to Yemen George M. Lane and his wife, Betsy, appeared on the cover of Department of State Newsletter Issue 219 in front of their residence at Embassy Sana’a, which was being recognized...

Regional Procurement Support Office

By Jamie M. Fleischhacker The Regional Procurement Support Office (RPSO) is a forward-based activity of the Bureau of Administration’s Office of the Procurement Executive (OPE) Acquisition Management team and is a tenant in the U.S....

Informing Civil Servants

By Tommye L. Grant In 2021, the Civil Service Association (CSA) celebrated 10 years as an officially chartered non-union employee association at the Department of State. CSA’s mission is to express views and share information...

Using ADR and mediation to resolve conflicts

By Krish Das and Paul Foisy At the Department of State, managing conflict is among the 10 leadership and management principles that are outlined in 3 FAM 1214—within the Foreign Affairs Manual—as important for all employees...
The picturesque colonial city of Granada abuts beautiful Lake Nicaragua, a habitat for freshwater bull sharks as well as many bird species living on Las Isletas, a group of 365 diminutive islands dotted throughout the lake. Photo by SL-Photography

Managua

The picturesque colonial city of Granada abuts beautiful Lake Nicaragua, a habitat for freshwater bull sharks as well as many bird species living on Las Isletas, a group of 365 diminutive islands dotted throughout...
Consular Officer Bradley Geer (far right, standing) conducts the Guangzhou Baroque Orchestra as they perform selections from Handel’s “Messiah,” September 2021. Photo courtesy of the Guangzhou Baroque Orchestra

First-tour FSO conducts musical diplomacy

By Farrell Harwood While serving as a first-tour consular officer in Guangzhou, China, Bradley Geer found himself quite literally conducting person-to-person diplomacy, employing a skill he had not used for 10 years: choral conducting. A...

Embassy Lomé briefs Togo leadership on information technology program

Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Acting Chief Executive Officer Mahmoud Bah and their Senior Policy Officer Patrick Malarkey visited Togo, Nov. 29-30. Their visit was aimed at reinvigorating Togo’s dedication to, and implementation of, its...

Azerbaijan green diplomacy honors staff

To recognize the more than 335 locally employed (LE) staff at Embassy Baku, the post’s American staff donated money to purchase olive trees for each Azerbaijani staff member. Ambassador Lee Litzenberger, along with American...

Firefighters visit Embassy London art exhibition

Embassy London in conjunction with the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations’ Office of Cultural Heritage developed a temporary art exhibition titled, “And Yet We Rise,” which opened Sept. 1. It shares cultural objects from...

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