The International Disability Rights policy team includes, from left: Foreign Affairs Officer Lynne Madnick, Special Advisor Ann Cody, and Foreign Affairs Officer Charlie Kellett. Photo by Robin Smith

International Disability Rights

By Charlie Kellett Disability rights are human rights. As the United Nations’ (U.N.) Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, all human beings are born free...
Burning candles are a symbol of Holocaust Remembrance Days around the world. Photo by Irisphoto1

Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues

Opening photo: Lit candles are a symbol of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. By Deborah Guido-O’Grady In his first public remarks as secretary of state, Antony Blinken...

Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues

By Kathryn Fitrell As more of life’s everyday transactions move online, securing cyberspace has grown into a U.S. national security priority. For the past decade,...
Assistive technology, such as the DaVinci Pro HD/OCR Text-to-Speech Desktop Magnifier in the Access Center (on the left), allows individuals to magnify documents and have text read aloud to them. Photo by Heidi Howland.

The Office of Accessibility and Accommodations Section 508 Team

Opening Photo: Assistive technology, such as the DaVinci Pro HD/OCR Text-to-Speech Desktop Magnifier in the Access Center (on the left), allows individuals to magnify...
AVC Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas G. DiNanno inspects a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile launch facility at Minot Air Force Base, N.D, June 2019. AVC participation in nuclear deterrence assurance dialogues with key U.S. allies underscores our mutual defense commitments. Photo courtesy of AVC

Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance

Above: AVC Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas G. DiNanno inspects a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile launch facility at Minot Air Force Base, N.D, June...
The Office of Casualty Assistance team (from left) Deputy Director Shannan O’Bryan, Director Kirk Leach, and Program Specialist Tonyia Warren. Photo by Amanda J. Richard

The Office of Casualty Assistance

by Kirk Leach The Office of Casualty Assistance (OCA) was established within the Bureau of Human Resources (HR) in 1999 in the aftermath of the...
An NDF-funded X-ray scanner for vehicles located at an Egyptian inspection point. These scanners search for illicit weapons and other contraband. Photo by Paul van Son

The Nonproliferation and Disarmament Fund

by John N. Conlon The Department of State has many responsibilities: maintaining relationships with overseas partners; standing up for human rights; promoting American business; and...
Members of the Department’s OSDBU, (from left) George Price, director; Thelma Edmunds, procurement analyst, Shahrokh “Peter” Zahirieh, senior procurement analyst; Patricia Foster, administrative manager; Rich Vinnacombe, deputy director; Anna Urman, senior procurement analyst, Renee M. Hill, small business liaison; and Dr. J. Anthony Josey, senior procurement analyst. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr.

Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

By Anna Urman Small businesses are the engine of America’s economy and an unparalleled source of innovation, creating nearly two million jobs annually. Eight million...
The Office of Conservation and Water’s 20-person team works to protect nature for people’s benefit worldwide, while also supporting the U.S. private sector. Photo by Amanda J. Richard

Office of Conservation and Water

By Annie Arbuthnot Tigers poached in India, trees illegally felled in Peru, seeds stored in Morocco, and the quality of drinking water in Southeast Asia...
A Diplomatic Security Service special agent (fourth from right) along with U.S. and Armenian law enforcement officials return a U.S. fugitive wanted for second-degree sexual abuse. The fugitive pleaded guilty in May 2018 and is serving 25 years in the state of Iowa. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service

The Overseas Criminal Investigations Division

Opening photo: A Diplomatic Security Service special agent (fourth from right) along with U.S. and Armenian law enforcement officials return a U.S. fugitive wanted...