About the Author: Laura E. Williams serves as a Foreign Service Specialist with the Office of Recruitment in the Bureau of Human Resources.
Did you know you can get a passport that's the size of a credit card? Or that the Department of State is developing, testing, and deploying progressive, innovative technology to protect U.S. Government personnel both domestically and abroad? And that more and more of America's 269 Diplomatic Missions around the world are “going green,” receiving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council? These are just a few of the innovative ways that the U.S. Department of State, America's principal foreign policy agency, works on behalf of the people of the United States.
To celebrate the work of America's dedicated public servants, the Department of State will join other civilian government agencies in exhibiting our innovations and telling our stories on the National Mall from May 6 - 8, 2010 as a part of Public Service Recognition Week. Each year, the Office of Personnel Management and the Partnership for Public Service organize Public Service Recognition Week to honor the women and men who work for the federal, state, and local governments, and who “ensure that our government is the best in the world.”
This year's theme is “Innovation and Opportunity,” two things that the Department of State has in abundance. People visiting our booth will see firsthand how the Bureau of Diplomatic Security uses security assets like armored vehicles and cutting edge detection equipment to operate in remote areas to protect U.S. officials working in challenging environments abroad. They will discover how the Bureau of Consular Affairs assists and engages U.S. citizens abroad during a crisis through new media and uses electronic biometric and facial recognition software to verify the authenticity of visa and passport applicant identities.
Visitors can also learn how the Bureau of Overseas Buildings and Operations uses sustainable design criteria to reduce consumption of energy and water in our embassies and consulates. The Bureau of Administration will showcase its domestic greening efforts in regard to our real property management, highlighting our recent Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. In addition, you'll learn about various types of foreign language interpreting that the Language Services Office provides, from supporting public diplomacy and law enforcement programs right up to interpreting at presidential summits.
In addition, Foreign Service and Civil Service employees, representing a dozen offices across the Department, will be on hand to talk about the work they do including public diplomacy, economic affairs, information management, security engineering, consular affairs, and crisis management issues.
Representatives from the Office of Recruitment will be on hand throughout the event to answer any questions about career and student program opportunities with the Department of State. Department of State officials will also participate on the international affairs and the security and compliance career panels taking place Saturday, May 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., respectively.
Please join us on the National Mall, May 6 - 8. The State Department booth, located in the Civilian Agency tent on the grassy panel between 7th Street and Madison Drive near the National Gallery of Art, will be open each day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and we are looking forward to meeting you.
Individuals interested in learning more about Foreign Service and Civil Service careers in the Department of State can visit www.careers.state.gov.