Office of Accessibility and Accommodations (OAA) Director Jameela Akbari (right center), with OAA colleagues Rich McCarthy (top left) and David Conner (top second from left), present on the evolution of the Department of State's Access Center at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Education Consortium for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Oct. 7. Photo by Amanda McCarthy
By Heidi Howland National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is held each October to celebrate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy. The impact of the work of colleagues with disabilities should be recognized every day, and similarly, ensuring accessibility at the Department of State should become an...
Ambassador Lynne M. Tracy (far right) toured police facilities in the northern city of Gyumri, the second largest city in Armenia, which will soon house new patrol police officers as well as a regional dispatch center. The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs section at Embassy Yerevan is assisting...
Embassy Asunción celebrated the success of the Paraguay Okakuaa (meaning “grows” in the Guarani language) program in an event attended by Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Johanna Villalobos, the Paraguayan minister of labor, and the Paraguayan minister of childhood and adolescence, Sept. 29. NGO Partners of Americas President and...
U.S. Army soldiers assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment “Iron Rangers,” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, call in a medical evacuation during a situational training exercise in Cincu, Romania, Sept. 23. This training was part of multiple situational training exercises that U.S. soldiers...
Acting Under Secretary for Management Carol Perez announced the launch of the COVID-19 Mitigation Process (CMP), Sept. 28. The CMP replaces Diplomacy Strong as the Department of State’s framework for upholding model safety principles outlined in the Workplace Safety Plan and for evaluating local risk indicators to determine the...
The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) helps ensure the safety of U.S. interests overseas through threat alerts, analysis, and peer networking groups. This year, OSAC will host its hallmark annual briefing online, Nov. 16–18. OSAC is administered by the Diplomatic Security Service in partnership with the private sector, and...
New hires participate in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations virtual onboarding course, onboardOBO, August 19. Photo by Evan Lewis
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 time zones, disparate employee types, and, now, a virtual work backdrop, new employees need accessible...
From left, front to back: Sgt. Delores Johnson, Sgt. Ricardo Montero-Rincon, Sgt. Austin Foushee, Regional Security Officer John Pelesh, (center) Consul General Joel Reifman, (from right, front to back) Sgt. Bradley Yates, Sgt. Nathaniel LeGros, Sgt. Steven Burgett, Staff Sgt. Andrew Teel, and Assistant Regional Security Officer Michael Lee pose in front of the U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad, June 25. Photo by Abdul Samad
By John Pelesh Marine Security Guards (MSGs) are a key part of regional security offices (RSO) worldwide. They work with security teams to protect embassies and consulates, allowing American diplomats to safely advance U.S. interests overseas. After years of meticulous planning, the U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad welcomed its first-ever detachment...
Consul General Sue Saarnio (front center) and employees of the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana support Fundación Esperanza de México by building a house during the Day of Service events for the Fourth of July. Photo by Jose Noriega
By Angie Gomez Martelli  In lieu of a traditional Independence Day celebration, the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana organized community service events to support local nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The consulate’s Community Service Committee (CSC) identified three partner organizations for ongoing service projects: the Mexican Red Cross, Fundación...
At Embassy Luxembourg's chief of mission residence, a recent renovation saw the addition of a wheelchair ramp to match the building's facade. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
By Victoria Hartke and Ron Tomasso Barrier-free accessibility is a critical part of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations’ (OBO) mission to provide safe, secure, functional, and resilient facilities abroad. Several programs and initiatives are currently being spearheaded by the organization to support access, equity, and inclusivity for employees with...