When designing the main entrance pavilion for the new U.S. Embassy in Oslo, the permit authorities asked OBO’s architects to add way-finding guides for low-sighted persons who use long white canes. There is no such requirement in either the ADA or the ABA, however, OBO successfully completed the project. Photo by Ron Tomasso

OBO’s Barrier-Free Accessibility Program

by Ron Tomasso Way-finding guides, an accessible feature that assists low-sighted individuals who use long white canes, were added by OBO to the design of the entrance of the new U.S. embassy in Oslo. Photo...
The Transition Center’s Division Director for Training Laura Smallwood leads a “Brain Fitness for Resilience” webinar with her co-worker Dursley, April 23. Photo courtesy of Laura Smallwood

Strengthening workforce resilience during a pandemic

By Sarah Genton Demand for resilience services from the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) is greater than ever as thousands of diplomats return stateside and thousands more work from home anxiously waiting out the coronavirus global pandemic. In response, the team at...
Illustration by Elisabeth Schettle

GTM launches lifeline for managers

By Hyun Bo Sim As the Department of State continues to develop and promote workplace flexibilities to make careers more desirable for its employees, supporting and developing managers has become a high priority. One of...
Leaders from OBO and Allied Partners from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.K. join together at the Annual International Property Forum held in Washington, Feb. From left: Tony Whitehead, U.K.; David Schwartz, Canada; Diem Hetherington, Australia; Ed Hobart, U.K.; Addison “Tad” Davis, U.S.; Dan Danagher, Canada; Bina Chandra, Australia; Karen McAulay, New Zealand; Sacha Anderson, New Zealand; and Henry Jardine, U.S. Photo by Christine Foushee

OBO hosts property forum in Washington

By Christin Martinelli, Nicole Butts, and Sunny Peterson In a commitment to the strong multilateral alliance among the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas...
On a WHA Leads sponsored “Walk with the PDAS” program last spring, PDAS Julie Chung (center in pink dress) led WHA employees on a walk around the National Mall in Washington, April 10, 2019. The program, which has gone virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic, promotes good health and social networking outside of the office. Photo by Emily Crawford

WHA leadership group helps colleagues remain resilient

By Sara Devlin, Amanda Hickman, and Tyler Sparks
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Julie Chung (center), from the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, visits with locals in a Sembremos Seguridad community during a trip to Desamparados, San José. Photo by Eladio Ramirez

INL transforms the face of security in Costa Rica

By Carla Ortega  With no military—and located just a stone’s throw from the biggest cocaine-producing countries in the world—Costa Rica is a prime target for drug traffickers. In fact, Costa Rica was the number one...
Embassy Beirut’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Liaisons are responsible for ensuring all their colleagues received mandatory EEO training. Team members include (from left) Joe Aad, Elias Safi, Arabella Barbir, Aline Diab, Guy Khairallah, and Elias Alhaddad. Photo by Fady Dagher

LE staff EEO Liaisons fill critical roles

By Ellen Bremenstul Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Liaisons facilitate communication between locally employed (LE) staff, post management, the Department of State’s Office of Civil Rights, and the EEO counselor to provide continuity of EEO presence...

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