Email Service Management

By Trey Jammes and Robert Choy The introduction of email and instant messaging (IM) services brought welcome enhancements to the workplace. Both have become highly utilized productivity and communication tools vital to daily work routines. In...

Munich

By Keith Hager When Americans think of Germany, chances are many of them picture Bavaria. The Alps and Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, tower over picturesque lakes in rolling foothills. The “Romantic Road” meanders through...
Retirements

Retirements | November 2020

Civil Service Bethune-King, ElizaCintron, Josephine Fink, Alvin K.Greene, Lisa B.Happ, Denise A.Parker, CarltonPierce, Johnny W.Sabino, Zaldy N.Stephens, Christopher N.Tarnowka, Andrew H.Walch, Tammy F.Wu, Elaine J. Foreign Service Albright, Richard A.Allen, Amy M.Aloia, John F.Anderson, Tanya C.Banen, Terrance D.Barlerin,...

U.S. funds accessible schools in Mongolia

The U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia Michael Klecheski (center), attended the opening of a U.S. government-funded kindergarten in the southern city of Sainshand, Sept. 23. Klecheski met with local activists from the disability community during...

Embassy staff joins Estonians in World Cleanup Day

Staff at Embassy Tallinn participated in World Cleanup Day, Sept. 18. Participation was about more than just being good neighbors—it was a way to be a part of a local tradition. The embassy team...

Department launches new air quality app

ZephAir, a new mobile app on air quality from the Department of State, is available to all members of the public for download in Apple App and Google Play stores. ZephAir displays real-time air...
Embassy Panama’s Information Management Specialist David Houston is shown with the canine/equine candidates in a blockchain election simulation, Oct. 1. Photo by Meredith S. Hiemstra

Using blockchains for enhanced voting and electoral systems

By David Houston Election results should be reliable and transparent, while voting should be user friendly and encourage participation. This is in keeping with the highest principles of democracy and relates directly to the Department...
Two ships engage in a ship-to-ship (STS) bunker transfer—the transfer of cargo between ships at sea. While STS transfers can be conducted for legitimate purposes, these transfers—especially at night or in areas determined to be high-risk for sanctions evasion or other illicit activity—are frequently used to evade sanctions. (Note: this photo is not an example of a specific sanctions evasion instance). Photo by Erkut-Acar

Global Maritime Advisory aims to create compliance standards across industry

By Kacie E. Yearout Following several months of drafting, incorporating private sector feedback and interagency contributions, the Department of State published the Global Maritime Advisory in May, which addressed the illicit shipping practices Iran, Syria,...
Actress Cristela Alonzo speaks with a virtual audience during a HECFAA-sponsored panel event in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Oct. 20. Photo by Camelia Valldejuly

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

By Camelia Valldejuly and Isabel Romero Founded in 1982, the Hispanic Employee Council of Foreign Affairs Agencies (HECFAA) is a non-profit organization and Department of State employee affinity group that works to promote the recruitment,...

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