2022 Federal Benefits Open Season

The Federal Benefits Open Season runs Nov. 14-Dec. 12, offering eligible employees an opportunity to enroll, change plans or plan options, change enrollment type, or cancel their enrollment for the following: Federal Employees Health...
The photovoltaic system at Embassy Niamey harnesses electricity for more than half of the embassy’s needs and produces up to 750kW, the second-highest capacity at any U.S. embassy to date. Photo courtesy of B.L. Harbert International

New battery improves energy efficiency at Embassy Niamey

By David Shaffer and Cynthia Bensburg In August, the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) installed its first ever large-scale renewable battery energy storage system at the new U.S. Embassy in Niger. The installation enhances...
President John F. Kennedy (right) and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (left) host a State Dinner at the White House in honor of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru (second from left) and his daughter Indira Gandhi of India, Nov. 7, 1961. The Office of the Chief of Protocol helps coordinate all such official visits by foreign leaders. Photo courtesy of John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Office of the Chief of Protocol

President John F. Kennedy (right) and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (left) host a State Dinner at the White House in honor of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru (second from left) and his daughter Indira Gandhi...

Human rights conference highlights Russia’s abuses in Ukraine

The U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (USOSCE) co-hosted a panel discussion at the Warsaw Human Dimension Conference, Sept. 27, on Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and the...
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (center, left) pays respects to the victims of the Armenian Genocide at the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan, Armenia, Sept. 18. Photo by David Hakobyan

Historic visit underscores U.S. support for Armenia

By Jen McAndrew U.S. Embassy Yerevan welcomed a U.S. congressional delegation led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to Armenia, Sept. 17-19. Speaker Pelosi is the highest-ranking U.S. official ever to visit the country....

Colombian exchange students visit Main State

Afro-Colombian students of the 100K Strong in the Americas project, Diaspora Connect, visited the U.S. Department of State, Sept. 13, during their exchange program with Howard University in Washington. This 100K Strong partnership between...
Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Brian McKeon (center) with Directorate of Cyber and Technology Security (CTS) Deputy Assistant Secretary Gharun Lacy (second from left) and CTS U.S. Digital Corps Fellows (flanking McKeon) at the Harry S Truman Building in Washington. Photo by Ronny Przysucha

Cultivating Success

Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Brian McKeon (center) meets with Directorate of Cyber and Technology Security (CTS) Deputy Assistant Secretary Gharun Lacy (second from left) and CTS U.S. Digital Corps Fellows...
The capital of Pakistan was moved to Islamabad in 1967. As a planned city, Islamabad runs along a grid system, flanked by the Margalla Hills in the background.

Islamabad

The capital of Pakistan was moved to Islamabad in 1967. As a planned city, Islamabad runs along a grid system, flanked by the Margalla Hills in the background. Photo by Thsulemani By Paul Giblin As...
A young visitor engages with a virtual gaming station at the U.S. embassy pavilion at Expo Prado, September 2022. Photo by Juan Francisco Casal

Mission Uruguay boosts public image at Expo Prado

By Heather Murphy Expo Prado is Uruguay’s largest and most important national-level agricultural fair. The 10-day event—held every September—showcases commercial, diplomatic, and agricultural entities from across Uruguay, along with hundreds of livestock competitions representing nearly...

State wins Departmental Tennis League division title

The U.S. Department of State-USAID tennis team met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Aug. 15, to celebrate their first-place finish in the 2021 Departmental Tennis League (DTL) “A” division, with a record of...

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