Conservators, civil engineers and stonecutters from three ASEAN countries work together to conserve the Shwe-nandaw Kyaung monastery in Mandalay, Burma. Photo by Jeff Allen
By Jennifer Schuett Situated in the heart of Burma, Mandalay is the country’s last royal capital, a bustling economic hub in the Indo-Pacific region and the site of an Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) project. Through the AFCP—an initiative sponsored by the Department of State’s Bureau of Education and...
The Orientation Division within the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) has partnered with HR’s Office of Continuity Counseling to facilitate employee-centric mentor dialogue sessions for new Foreign Service officers in orientation training. Most recently, members from the 99th A-100 class returned to FSI to mentor the 199th A-100 class. These...
Staff members from the Bureau of Budget and Planning look at the bureau’s goals and objectives poster that is prominently hung in their workspace as a reminder of organizational priorities. Photo by Eric Schoennauer
By Eric Schoennauer and Tony Mazzoccoli The Department of State’s strategic planning team agrees that there is no cookie-cutter approach to implementing a strategy. Missions come in many shapes and sizes, relationships with host countries vary widely and leaders all have their own styles and unique abilities. Increasingly, post leaders...
Three dancers spin in front of colorful flags.
The South Asian American Employee Association (SAAEA), one of the Department’s 14 employee affinity groups, celebrated their 10-year anniversary with a cultural celebration, Aug. 1, in Washington. Moshtayeen Ahmad and Julisara Mathew, president and vice president of SAAEA, led a packed auditorium through a dynamic program that included welcome...
The Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources (DG) Carol Z. Perez met with Department of State students at the National Defense University (NDU) to discuss professional development opportunities and support for the Department’s high-performing and agile workforce. Perez outlined some of her initiatives and then engaged with students during a question-and-answer session. Photo by Heidi Howland
The Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources (DG) Carol Z. Perez met with Department of State students at the National Defense University (NDU) to discuss professional development opportunities and support for the Department’s high-performing and agile workforce. Perez outlined some of her initiatives and...
From Left: Landon Van Dyke, deputy chief sustainability officer; Marcia Bernicat, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; W. Patrick Murphy, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Jim Schwab, director of the Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing and Innovation; David LaMontagne, deputy executive director of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs; and Henry Jardine, principal deputy director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, at the Department’s 2019 Earth Day Expo and GDI Awards ceremony, April 24, in Washington, D.C. State Department photo
By Caroline D’Angelo and James Vaughn The 2019 Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI) Award went to Embassy Canberra for their sustainability leadership. Post’s Canberra Greening Initiative (CGI) did everything from composting with worm bins and creating a trash-to-art competition to collecting rainwater and installing solar panels. CGI reduced post’s environmental footprint,...
Members of the Innovation Unit, (from left) Senior Advisor to the DG and Unit Director M. Brooke Darby, Innovation Advisor Dori Winter and Program Analyst Bianca Blanchard. Photo by Isaac D. Pacheco
By Bianca Blanchard The Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources (DG) Carol Z. Perez has been visiting domestic offices and posts abroad to hear directly from employees. These conversations have both inspired and informed her innovation priorities, which focus on taking care of the Department...
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen shares his storyteller observations on representation, voice and refugees at AAFAA’s keynote event, May 17. Photo by Amanda J. Richard
By Matthew Asada In May, the Department of State celebrated Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in partnership with two of the Department’s employee affinity groups: the Asian-American Foreign Affairs Association (AAFAA) and South Asian-American Employee Association. More than 400 people attended events throughout the month in Washington, D.C.  The...
Honoring the #Insieme200 theme, (first row second from left) Florence Consul General Benjamin V. Wohlauer joined American study abroad students in a volunteer project cleaning up the district of the Oltrarno, April 1. Photo courtesy of ConGen Florence
By George Mesthos In 1819, American diplomacy in Florence got off to a rough start. U.S. Consul Thomas Appleton at Livorno designated Florentine Giacomo “James” Ombrosi to represent the United States interests in the capital of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany; however, the Grand Duke refused to recognize his credentials....
To celebrate the VSFS program, (from left) eDiplomacy Business Practice Advisor Naomi Walcott and members of the VSFS team, Bridget Roddy and Tristan Williamson, spread the good news about the program at an anniversary event outside of the HST cafeteria, May 13. Photo by Amanda J. Richard
The Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a valuable Department of State program that connects students with projects that allow them to gain experience while advancing the work of the government on multiple fronts. This year the program will feature nearly 3,000 internships from...