Department highlights employees for Hispanic Heritage Month

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15–Oct. 15, the Department of State recognized the contributions and important presence of Hispanic and Latin Americans within the workforce by publishing biographies of Hispanic employees who...

Embassy Bujumbura celebrates successful alum while inaugurating a preschool

In September, Ambassador Melanie Harris Higgins inaugurated a community preschool in Butanuka, Bubanza. In her remarks, Higgins emphasized that good, healthy eating habits start at home and emphasized how Dreaming for Change—a nonprofit founded...

Forbes Magazine ranks Department as a top employer in 2021

The Office of the Spokesperson announced, Aug. 24, that “Forbes Magazine” in partnership with Statista, has named the Department of State as one of America’s 2021 Best-In-State Employers for both Washington, D.C., and Virginia....

Video highlighting U.S. donation to Algeria goes viral

A video about the U.S.’ donation of a field hospital went viral, garnering 1.9 million views on Embassy Algiers’ social media accounts and 1.3 million views on other Facebook pages. The U.S. military donated...

DSS agents train with NYPD in New York

The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) protective detail assigned to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, partners with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) to conduct monthly training for New York field office...
A beautiful nighttime cityscape of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo by Adznano3

Riyadh

By Ann Mangold and Chris Sorensen Ask most staff members of Embassy Riyadh to describe their posting to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and you will hear descriptions such as “historic,” “unprecedented,” “fascinating,” and “groundbreaking.”...
New hires participate in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations virtual onboarding course, onboardOBO, August 19. Photo by Evan Lewis

OBO designs virtual onboarding program to welcome new employees

By Tasheika Box, Sydney Arvanitas, Destini Robinson, and Kate Larson At the Department of State, it can sometimes be difficult for a large bureau or office to operate as one team. With multiple departments, international...
Top-rated pastry chef Frederic Cyr from the world renowned Fairmont-Frontenac Hotel created a camera ready version of the American pecan-rum cake. Photo courtesy of the Fairmont-Frontenac Hotel

Breaking Bread

Opening Shot: Top-rated pastry chef Frederic Cyr from the world renowned Fairmont-Frontenac Hotel created a camera ready version of the American pecan-rum cake. Photo courtesy of the Fairmont-Frontenac Hotel By Melanie Zimmerman The Romans made peace...
Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a virtual roundtable with the Asian American Foreign Affairs Association, moderated by its president Shirlene Yee (left) at the Department of State in Washington, July 22. Photo by Freddie Everett

Historic Year of Advocacy

Opening photo: Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a virtual roundtable with the Asian American Foreign Affairs Association, moderated by its president Shirlene Yee (left) at the Department of State in Washington, July 22....
In April 2021, the women in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Office of Facility Management were highlighted in the bureau’s “FAC newsletter” for their contributions to U.S. diplomacy and for the integral role they play in closing the gender gap in the cities in which they serve. Illustration by Krystle Villanueva

Women in Facility Management

By Rebecca Beatty The Facilities (FAC) section in an embassy has a unique opportunity to directly contribute to U.S. National Security interests by empowering an often overlooked group of women in host countries. Research shows...

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