Foreign Service

  • ‘Nearly all’ State Dept. SES, senior Foreign Service members eligible to retire in next 10 years

    Within the next decade “nearly all” of the current senior Foreign Service members will be eligible to retire, as will 80 percent of the current Civil Service’s SES, according to the agency’s five-year Workforce and Leadership Succession Plan.

  • ICE lacking oversight of detention facility contractors

    In today’s Federal Newscast, the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general found that when it comes to detention facilities contractors, Immigration and Customs Enforcement doesn’t adequately hold them accountable for written performance standards.

  • State Dept. recognizes spouses for overseas volunteer work

    Whether it’s standing up an emergency medicine program in Mozambique or developing a love for reading in the children of Mexico, the men and women who travel alongside their spouses in the Foreign Service often find themselves serving in pivotal roles overseas.

  • State Department fellowship seeks to bridge diversity gap amid cyber talent

    Agencies face an uphill battle competing with the private sector to recruit top cyber talent right out of college or advanced degree programs, but the State Department, and the opportunity to explore new cultures, serves as an enticing lure to recent graduates to federal service.

  • Remember: Things usually work out for the best

    Karen Mummaw joins Gigi Schumm on Women of Washington to remind those who wish to join the foreign service to be patient and trust that things will work out.

  • Diplomatic workers’ group warns, State Department leadership being ‘depleted’

    In today’s Federal Newscast, The American Foreign Service Association penned a letter to members citing its president’s concerns about the current state of the State Department workforce.

  • State Department preparing to elevate diversity ‘to the next level’

    New diversity efforts include requiring any open ambassador position to include at least one minority candidate.

  • State Department employees frustrated over looming budget, workforce cuts

    More than 35,000 State Department employees voiced concerns to management about some of the changes being proposed under its agency reorganization.

  • Charles Ray: Foreign Service needs ‘a bit’ of an overhaul

    The State Department could do a better job creating new leadership and education and professional development opportunities for its career employees. That’s according to a recent report from the American Academy of Diplomacy which found the department is too focused on its political appointees — and politics in general — marginalizing the career employees in the foreign service. Charles Ray is a former ambassador and member of the Foreign Service and former deputy assistant secretary of defense for prisoners of war and missing personnel affairs. He says the foreign service itself is in need of a bit of an overhaul. He tells In Depth guest host Jared Serbu that it’s time to start treating the Foreign Service as a profession — and its members as true professionals.

  • Julia Ziegler, Mike O’Connell, Federal News Radio

    From working at orphanages to helping injured dogs, federal employees and their families stationed overseas are going above-and-beyond by volunteering. Six individuals have been recognized for their exemplary service with Secretary of State Awards for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad. Web Editors Mike O’Connell and Julia Ziegler attended the ceremonies and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.