A deserted West Lake Mall area and Pine Street in downtown Seattle during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, April 22. Photo by Michael J. Magee

Achieving Balance

By Rachel Alberstadt

Unique Experiences

By Yolanda F. Williams and Peter Brown Every November, Veteran’s Day is a time to honor American veterans and provides an opportunity to thank them for their service and sacrifice. This year also marks the...

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...

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...
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,...

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...

Speaker series returns hosting disability rights advocate

The Ralph J. Bunche Library held its first virtual speaker series via WebEx, Sept. 22. The series hosted former-Department of State Special Advisor on International Disability Rights Judith Heumann, who discussed her decades-long role...
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,...

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...

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Making a Statement

The image is split down the middle with the "Making a Statement" logo in white on a blue background on the left, followed by the name Monica Skinner. Skinner smiles on the right.