@StateDept Finally Confirmed Expulsion of Embassy Moscow DCM Bart Gorman

 

US Embassy Moscow’s Deputy Chief of Mission Bart Gorman and his family departed Moscow on February 10 after being declared persona non grata by the Russian Federation. This blog learned of that departure on February 10. We posted about it on February 14 (see On Russia’s Diplomats’ Day, Moscow Kicks Out US Embassy DCM).
On February 17, the State Department spox confirmed to the press the expulsion. The State Department called the expulsion “unprovoked” and that the United States  “consider this an escalatory step” and is  “considering” its response.  “DCM Gorman’s tour had not ended; he had a valid visa, and he had been in Russia less than three years.”
According to TASS, the Russian MFA said that this “was done strictly in retaliation for the groundless expulsion of a minister-counselor of our embassy in Washington, contrary to his senior diplomatic rank. Moreover, the US Department of State defiantly ignored our request for prolonging his stay at least until a substitute arrived.”
So the Russian Embassy DCM’s diplomatic tour in DC concluded and the State Department refused to extend his visa. And the Russians were mad that their request was “defiantly ignored” … therefore they kicked out the guy in Moscow whose diplomatic tour and visa are still valid.
The State Department’s statement also includes this part: “We note that Russia’s actions have led to the U.S. mission to Russia being staffed at levels well below the Russian mission to the United States.”
And?

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Generalist Political Thriller ‘The Diplomat’ Coming Soon to Netflix

 

Netflix just announced that there’s an 8-episode political thriller coming our way. Keri Russell who played a Russian spy in The Americans will reportedly play a career diplomat “who lands a high-profile job she’s unsuited for in the midst of an international crisis, creating tectonic implications for her marriage and her political future.”
This might be worth the wait but perhaps somebody should tell the folks over there that career dips do not just “land” a job.  Did she submit her bidlist or she had a 7th floor fairy godmother?
Also, one could argue that a career diplomat is a “generalist” who will be suited for all sorts of jobs high profile or otherwise, amidst a crisis or multiple  crises (isn’t there a Crisis Management Exercise scenario with a bombing, a coup, an earthquake and a tsunami happening in the same country at the same time?).
We’re rather wondering at our house what else would create “tectonic implications” with her EFM (please make it Matthew Rhys Evans)? The details  should be interesting or maybe not?
More reactions:
So what you’re saying is that senior women who are career experts are not prepared to *checks notes* do their jobs and live their lives but are in fact inherently obsessed with a political future? Ffs.
Can’t wait to see Keri Russel fight with the Line over one space after a period. Not be able to get on the latest Teams meeting because DS won’t let her have a webcam. Sitting on hold with IT because the certificates on her CAC expired. RIVETING.
Annoying – why can’t a male career diplomat land a high-profile job they are unsuited for.
“Unsuited for?” This would make more sense if she was a political appointee.
I’ll be interested in how true to form they are in creating a back story for a “career diplomat”
Ep 1-6: Keri waits for months for Senate confirmation to start job Ep 7: After finally getting confirmed, Keri realizes she can’t actually do job because the NSC is constantly micromanaging the crisis from DC Ep 8: Keri quits government in frustration, joins think tank
One whole episode will be her trying to get a clearance for her position paper from an obscure bureau in the Department, waiting until 8 pm when they finally reply changing “glad” to “happy” in exactly one place.  
Episode 4 where we find out a senator placed a hold on Keri’s nomination because he’s pissed the HHS Secretary didn’t respond to his letter from three months ago is gonna be 🔥
Keri’s appointment was always intended to wrap up by episode 8 and we thank her for her valuable service,” a department spokesperson said.
RANDOM COMMENTS ONLINE:
“Very excited. Watching Keri Russell clear memos is the definition of must see tv.”
“Hopefully the surprise ending doesn’t turn out to be she’s a Russian spy.”
“I thought it was Paige who was going to wind up at State?” (See The Americans)
“This is a weird prequel for the americans, but i’ll take it”
“I hope its Homeland meets The Americans!”
“This going to be at all true to Foreign Service life, or another spy-type show that hides behind the title of “State Department” but really has nothing to do with it?”
“delete these words: “where she’ll play a career diplomat who lands”
“That synopsis just sounds like a normal politician in the regular old government. Nothing special there.Make it exciting, add in an alien invasion”

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New US Ambassador to Vietnam Marc Knapper Presents Credentials in Hanoi

 

 

 

New US Ambassador Scott Miller Presents Credentials in Switzerland and Liechtenstein

 

 

New US Ambassador Thomas Barrett Presents Credentials in Luxembourg

 

 

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New U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Claire Cronin Presents Credentials in Dublin

 

Snapshot: Unemployment Status of @StateDept Family Members Overseas (Fall 2021)

 

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Modernizing @StateDept Workforce and Winning Talent – See What’s Glaringly Missing?

 

On January 25, DipNote posted a new piece by Deputy Secretary Brian McKeon on Modernizing Our Workforce and Winning the Competition for Talent. He talked about recruiting the next generation, focusing on retention and building critical skills for the State Department. Excerpt below:

Recruiting the Next Generation

      • Our Recruitment Division conducted more than 3,000 recruiting activities, including over 900 events specifically targeting DEIA prospects. These DEIA-focused recruiting events engaged over 15,000 individual prospects.
      • We established a 500-person Volunteer Recruiter Corps with representation from all affinity groups, which participated in more than 150 events. These groups mirror the makeup of our workforce and help strengthen and support its diversity.
      • We streamlined the security clearance review process, reducing the average time it takes to finalize a clearance for new and transferring employees.
      • Looking ahead, we will continue to urge Congress to authorize and fund paid internships.

A Focus on Retention

      • We are focusing on creating and sustaining workplace flexibilities, to support our people and their families, modernize our performance management system, and promote professional development and career mobility for all our employees. In the last year, we have:
      • Expanded remote work and telework eligibility. The Department needs to keep pace with the private sector in enabling greater flexibility, and we are committed to enhancing and institutionalizing many of the changes we have implemented in response to the pandemic.
      • Expanded student loan repayment eligibility criteria.
      • Established the first Veterans Services Coordinator position, to better support our more than 5,000 veterans at the Department.
      • Created a Retention Team. In addition to reviewing the data and talking with the workforce to understand why people stay and why they leave, the Retention Team will develop the first Department-wide retention strategy.
      • These steps are important and are intended to support positive change across the Department. But we are not finished. In early 2022, in addition to announcing performance management reforms, we expect to roll out new professional development opportunities as well as long overdue initiatives aimed at helping our Civil Service employees build rewarding careers.

Building Critical Skills

      • As we reorient U.S. foreign policy to focus on 21st-century challenges that most directly affect Americans’ lives, we need to build our capacity and expertise in areas critical to our national security. To that end, we have:
      • Established a Talent Sourcing Unit to more effectively identify, reach, and target individuals for recruitment, especially in fields requiring specialized skills.
      • Conducted our first Department-only career fair, focused on STEM-and engaging diverse candidates.
      • Established new Foreign Service climate diplomacy positions in all geographic regions and key overseas missions and embassies.
      • Eliminated degree requirements for Foreign Service IT specialists and hired for several Civil Service data scientist positions.
It is shocking to see that this new modernization plan does not even mention family members anywhere.  Take a look at the following numbers:
Out of 11,840 total adult family members overseas, 75% (8,838) are female and 25% (3,002) are male.
Only 40% (4,761) adult family members are employed, while 60% (7,079) are not employed.  Of the 40% employed, only 24% or 2,900 worked for Uncle Sam inside our embassies and consulates while 16% (1,861) worked outside the US missions performing telework, running home businesses, or working in the education field.
According to BLS, the percentage of dual-income households in the United States was fairly stable between 1998 and 2017, ranging from 52 to 58 percent.
That’s not the case for FS households overseas. 
60% of FS adult family members overseas are unemployed. While unemployed, a good number are most likely not contributing to a retirement system. Sporadic and employment gaps while overseas could translate into a retirement wage gap; the same gap that helps push up the poverty rate for older women in this country.
We think that’s an important point to note since 75% of FS spouses overseas are female.
Something else to note when looking at these numbers.  In 2020, the average life expectancy of women at birth in the US was 80.5 years; 75.1 years for men.
So on average,  female FS spouses with chequered careers and with less retirement security than their regularly employed spouses are expected to live five years longer than their male spouses. According to WISER, the average annual Social Security benefit received by women age 65 and older is approximately $14,000, which is unlikely to cover all retirement expenses.
Would the female spouses in a modern State Department continue to give 20-30 years of their lives to life overseas as accompanying partners, only able to work now and then, and putting their financial future in their old age in great peril? How many employee-spouses would opt to leave mid-careers to give their accompanying spouses opportunities to pursue their own careers and build financial independence?
Also read: WISER: Retirement Planning for Stay-At-Home Moms

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Presentation of Credentials: US Ambassador to Singapore Jonathan Kaplan

 

 

 

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Credentials Ceremony: Nides (Israel), Cohen (Canada), Udall (New Zealand), Carpenter (OSCE)

 

 

 

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