Executive Director of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation, Ambassador Lino Gutiérrez (Ret.), bottom far left, poses with 2018 Cox-State Diplomacy fellows and program organizers. Photo by Matthew Pickett
By Heather Joy Thompson The Department’s Bureau of Human Resources’ Office of Recruitment, Examination and Employment (HR/REE) and the Diplomacy Center collaborated with the Una Chapman Cox Foundation to host 28 undergraduate students from historically black colleges and universities and Hispanic serving institutions for a three-day immersive diplomacy seminar last...
By Angela French Special agents in dark suits and sunglasses drive black Suburbans through the city streets while unknown VIPs are hidden behind tinted windows. The men in black could be Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) special agents protecting foreign dignitaries, but not this time. For the third year in a...
Residents of the Philippines’ Malapascua island identify marine species in order to map new protected areas. Photo by Bea del Soccoro
By Nicole Fox More than 100 million sharks are killed each year in what is now a billion-dollar industry. With the help of an organization funded by the United States, one Philippine municipality has made shark ecotourism the center of its economy.Malapascua, a Philippine island fewer than two miles long,...
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Photo Illustration by Amanda J. Richard | For the past 10 years, eDiplomacy’s Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) program has invited U.S. university students to work with colleagues at the Department and across the federal government. VSFS delivers talent with regional expertise, language skills, data analytics and much more....
Secretary Pompeo hosted his second town hall for Department employees on Feb. 8. This meeting followed the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, something the Secretary mentioned while expressing gratitude for the Department’s ongoing dedication even in tough times. “We continued to have a mission,” said the Secretary. “We didn’t have our full team at work. And you all did great work. Some of you came in early. Some of you were at home wishing you could be back here, and I respect the work that you did during this difficult time in the Department’s history.” The Secretary went on to discuss the chiefs of the mission conference and employing Department family members. He took questions from the audience and above all reiterated his consistent message that Department employees are “One team, one mission.” Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr.
Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr. | Secretary Pompeo hosted his second town hall for Department employees on Feb. 8. This meeting followed the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, something the Secretary mentioned while expressing gratitude for the Department’s ongoing dedication even in tough times. “We continued to...
The Book Tuk, one of nine American Spaces in Nepal, brings America to the neighborhoods of Kathmandu. American Spaces exemplifies the U.S. commitment to citizens’ right to free access to information. Launched in 2016, the Book Tuk, an electric tuk-tuk adapted from a decommissioned embassy vehicle, continues to expand its outreach to enhance U.S. and Nepal people-to-people connections. During outreach visits, the Book Tuk team not only introduces amazing books to hundreds of children, but also organizes interesting and creative activities. Furthermore, the Book Tuk conducts strategic and thematic programs to advance U.S. foreign policy goals, including enhancing entrepreneurship, encouraging democracy and ensuring inclusivity. Photo courtesy of Embassy Nepal
Photo courtesy of Embassy Nepal | The Book Tuk, one of nine American Spaces in Nepal, brings America to the neighborhoods of Kathmandu. American Spaces exemplifies the U.S. commitment to citizens’ right to free access to information. Launched in 2016, the Book Tuk, an electric tuk-tuk adapted from a...
From the HR Portal, click on GEMS Self Service. How to add your personal email address: 1. Click on the Employee Self Service tab then scroll down to the Personal Information section which includes Email Addresses. 2. Click the Update My Email Addresses which will open the General Profile Information page. 3. Click the plus sign in the third column to add a new row. 4. Choose Email type (Personal), enter the Email Address, and click Save.
During the recent government shutdown, thousands of employees, many of whom sought to file unemployment compensation claims, were unable to retrieve furlough letters that were sent to state.gov email addresses only. The Department has taken steps to prevent similar situations in the future, but employee action is needed. The...
Department employee affinity groups, the Disability Action Group (DAG) and Veterans@State, co-hosted a roundtable conversation with representatives from the organization Hope for the Warriors. This organization provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans and military families that are focused on health and wellness, peer engagement, transitions and connections to community resources. Specifically, the guest speakers highlighted their art therapy program, a widely practiced activity that aims to improve or restore a client’s functioning and sense of personal well-being. All services provided by Hope for the Warriors can be found on their website at www.hopeforthewarriors.org.
Department employee affinity groups, the Disability Action Group (DAG) and Veterans@State, co-hosted a roundtable conversation with representatives from the organization Hope for the Warriors. This organization provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans and military families that are focused on health and wellness, peer engagement, transitions and connections...
On Feb. 15, the U.S. Embassy in Singapore’s Foreign Service National Association (FSNA) and American Employee Association (AEA) summoned two playful lions to the Embassy to usher in the Year of the Pig. The traditional lion dance, performed to clanging cymbals and booming drums, is believed to bring prosperity and good luck for the year ahead. In keeping with local Lunar New Year traditions, Chargé d’Affaires Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath and the Embassy community wore red and tossed prosperity salad while offering wishes of good fortune to one another. FSNA and AEA organize various holiday celebrations throughout the year to share cultural traditions between Singaporean and American staff. Gong Xi Fa Cai! Photo courtesy of Embassy Singapore
On Feb. 15, the U.S. Embassy in Singapore’s Foreign Service National Association (FSNA) and American Employee Association (AEA) summoned two playful lions to the Embassy to usher in the Year of the Pig. The traditional lion dance, performed to clanging cymbals and booming drums, is believed to bring prosperity...
Members of the Office of Economic Sanctions Policy and Implementation pose for a picture. Photo by Lisa Marshall
By Tarek M. Fahmy The economic pressure campaign against the Iranian regime, nuclear weapons in North Korea, ruthless dictators in Venezuela, human rights violators in South Sudan and corruption in Russia are some of the issues that the Office of Economic Sanctions Policy and Implementation (SPI) tackles every day. As...