From left: Information Management Technical Specialist Derrick Brooks records a video of Johannesburg’s Regional Information Management Center Branch Chief Eddie Davis as he gives instructions on how to install a vehicle-mounted radio for his online class. Photo by Jared Bowe

RIMC Johannesburg develops online training initiative

By Jared Bowe The signatures were barely dry on the telework agreements when Regional Information Management Center (RIMC) Johannesburg’s Branch Chief Eddie Davis and Information Management Technical Specialist (IMTS)...
Uyghur women work in a clothing factory in Hotan County in the Xinjiang province, April 27, 2019. Photo by Azamat Imanaliev

Advisory warns businesses of risks in northwest China

By Bob Viglietta On July 1, the Department of State and the Departments of the Treasury, Commerce, and Homeland Security (DHS) issued the Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory as...
Rita A.B. Rico (right) directs a video for the Reimagine Task Force featuring Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Julie Chung in her office, Nov. 6. Photo by Amanda J. Richard

Task force reimagines future for Department’s workforce

By Lee Ann Eissler The COVID-19 pandemic had a dramatic impact on the Department of State’s traditional work processes. In response to calls from the workforce to address challenges brought on...
Badye and Hella Ladhari comfort each other outside of Embassy Tunis in the aftermath of the attack, September 2012. Photo by Lucia Piazza

‘Heroes’ initiative honors local staff

By Ruben Harutunian An angry group of protesters assembled outside of Embassy Tunis, Sept. 14, 2012. Some of the protesters were violent—climbing over the embassy’s perimeter wall, burning embassy-owned...
From left: Management Officer Amber Conway, Deputy Chief of Mission Pamela Hack, Staff Sergeant Elizabeth Dollinger, Public Affairs Officer Tanya Brothen, Ambassador Lucy Tamlyn, Office Management Specialist Liliana Carlson, and Political/Economic/Consular Officer Emily Hennell from Embassy Bangui celebrate International Women’s Day, Oct. 6. Photo courtesy of Embassy Bangui

Embassy Bangui celebrates Women’s Day

By Tanya Brothen When Embassy Bangui made plans to celebrate International Women’s Day—recognized worldwide on March 8—they did not know it would be disrupted by a global pandemic and...
The Diplomatic Security Service’s Defensive Equipment and Armored Vehicle Division manages various defense equipment, including helmets, ear protection, vests, and more. Photo courtesy of DSS

DSS manages lifesaving equipment that protects diplomats

By Angela French In a nondescript building in Alexandria, Va., gunsmiths design and test weapons used by Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) special agents, while engineering teams develop and assess...
During a virtual “USG Alumni Talk,” International Visitor Leadership Program alumni Timur Azizbek uulu (right), discusses how he produced a face shield on the Bishkek American Corner Makerspace 3D printer. Photo courtesy of Embassy Bishkek

Bishkek pivots to virtual outreach amid pandemic

By Ryan S. Bartlett As a wave of COVID-19 spread through Kyrgyzstan in late March, the way that people consumed information changed. Kyrgyz people, many stuck inside Soviet-style apartments...
FAIT Fellow Whitney Hicks tests a HoloLens 2 device in her workspace in Raleigh, N.C. Photo courtesy of Whitney Hicks

Connecting emerging IT professionals to the Department

By Katherine Davis The Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship allows university students to prepare for careers as information management specialists while completing their education. The program consists of...
Grayson Shor, a deputy action officer in the Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, discusses the importance of increasing access for individuals with disabilities during a virtual event celebrating NDEAM, Oct. 8. Photo by Amanda J. Richard

NDEAM panel event highlights access and opportunity

By Opal Blackmon and Amanda J. Richard Each October, employers in the public and private sectors are encouraged to recognize employees with disabilities’ varied contributions by celebrating National Disability...
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...

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