Secretary (speaking in his personal capacity):
To conduct in-chicken campaign on the other side. Nowhere is chicken freedom under assault more than it is inside of Gyyyyyna today; that state works day and night to scratch out and snuff out the lights of chickens everywhere on a horrifying scale.
Special Assistant to the ‘Force Multiplier’:
The chicken is worried about asking others for personal things.
Very Senior Advisor:
To deny accusations of covering-up for a possibly radioactive chicken and avoid a congressional subpoena.
To manage all cluck and scope of all chicken-related investigations.
The chicken crossed the road so as not/not to comply with depositions demanded of the gallinaceous tribe.
The chicken crossed the road to find a personal lawyer and comply with deposition requests.
Ambassador to Agonistan:
So the chicken can get confirmed as quickly as possible, get to post with three suitcases, and preen for three months.
The chicken statute allows us to scratch the necessary designations that we need to to protect the fowls’ security interests while at the same time not impeding our crispy diplomacy.
The chicken crossed the road to avoid puking on the FAM which prohibits subjects from implying that a donor will receive any advantage or preference as a result of the donation, including a commitment to invite the donor to official functions, or an assurance that the donor will have preferential access to official facilities or persons.
The chicken crossed the road to obtain the necessary experience, then try to circumvent Congress on the sale of billions of American-made weapons in an air war that killed thousands of civilians.
To intelligently leverage data as a strategic asset, the chicken crossed the road to transform data into bold insights about chicken agility and flexibility in the field.
So the chicken can use trusted sources for information and updates on COVID-19 and did not have to listen to a $250M propaganda to “defeat despair and inspire hope” about the pandemic.
To continue the scratch and cluck of all ongoing investigations without interference.
Acting Inspector General:
The chicken crossed the road to avoid a range of potential conflict of interest issues.
Acting Inspector General #2:
To make way for another acting inspector general who needs scratch and cluck training.
Also Acting Inspector General:
The chicken crossed the road to inspect who cluck-clucked about the coronavirus town hall to that blog.
…”[I]t’s an imperative that senior leaders set the culture right on that. That we make sure that every team member, whether they’re a Foreign Service Office, or a Civil Servant, or part of our locally-employed teams in the field, understands that you will treat every human being with the dignity and respect they deserve by the nature of their humanness. And so I’ve said that from the moment I walked in the building on C Street the first day, and I say it in every gathering that I have. We have to do that. The team has to do that. The leadership must lead on that issue, but everyone who comes through here must understand it is one team, one mission.
And the second thing we’ve tried to do is set a professional standard of excellence that isn’t unique to any one group. It’s not unique to Western Hem. It’s not unique to our cyber folks. It’s not unique to Foreign Service Officers. We did this with something that we’ve called the Ethos that we’ve put forward, which says these are the characteristics of people who will be part of America’s diplomatic corps, the team that is out delivering on behalf of the United States of America. So if you work with USAID, or you work in another part of our organization, this is the standard to which you should aspire. It has both the personal character standard and an organizational set of understandings, and we hope that that will become something that’s foundational and part of the DNA of everyone who works here at the State Department.”
Secretary Mike Pompeo
State Magazine, July 2019
Note: We should note here that USAID (created with the passage of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (pdf) by Congress) is not/not part of the Department of State. Despite a recent effort to merge USAID into the State Department, it remains an independent agency with its own Senate-confirmed administrator, Mark Green.
— State OIG (@StateOIG) August 15, 2019
On July 1st, CNN reported on a whistleblower’s allegations to congressional investigators regarding“multiple issues over a period of months, about special agents being asked to carry out some questionable tasks for the Pompeo family.” (see “UberEats With Guns”, Susan Pompeo, and Don’t Forget Sherman). On July 2nd, the State Department issued a Message from Secretary Pompeo on Ethics.
Message from the Secretary on Ethics in Government
I recently unveiled our new Professional Ethos to the State Department team. This set of shared operating principles and core values reflects the unique spirit and excellence of the U.S. Department of State. The ethos reflects my expectation that every member of our team must act with uncompromising personal and professional integrity. That includes holding ourselves accountable for complying with U.S. government ethics rules and modeling our commitment to a high standard of ethics at all times.
As part of demonstrating our personal and professional integrity, I expect employees to avoid conflicts of interest in our work, to act impartially, and to avoid using our public offices for private gain. Because we serve the American people first and foremost, it must be clear that our conduct of foreign policy is guided solely by the national interest and not by personal considerations or improper motives. I expect employees to file all required financial disclosure reports on time and to take mandatory ethics training. Some of these tasks can be time-consuming, but the values underlying these requirements are central to our professional ethos and underscore our mission orientation: that we are motivated by our commitment to public service and aim to advance the national interest, rather than any personal interest, in everything we do.
We maintain this ethos of integrity and accountability with the support of our Ethics Office and assistance from supervisors, management officers at posts overseas, and our executive offices here in Washington. We each have a personal obligation to comply with our government ethics rules. But, as in every aspect of our work, we support each other as a team. I encourage all Department employees to reach out for guidance when an ethical dilemma comes your way. The Department offers many resources to help employees ensure that they are complying with ethics rules. There are detailed provisions in the Foreign Affairs Manual, a staff of ethics professionals to answer questions, online training courses, and the EthicsAttorneyMailbox@state.gov, which provides rapid responses to specific ethics questions.
Performing our jobs with integrity supports our credibility and makes us more effective at our jobs. We can and should take pride in a culture of ethics at the State Department. I greatly appreciate your commitment to integrity and to serving the American people as we advance our foreign policy mission around the world.
FS Cartoon by Brian Aggeler’s via State Magazine, April 2019
Posted: 2:21 am EST
It looks like the State Department is dropping the #swagger hashtag for the moment. There’s now a new hashtag #StateDeptStateside for trips to Iowa, Texas, Kansas, and who knows where else. They’re also selling this as a recruitment trip, but doesn’t the secretary of state know that he already has Diplomats in Residence (DIRs), career Foreign Service Officers located throughout the United States who are responsible for providing guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers? The DIR Midwest located in Illinois covers Iowa, and there is actually one located in Texas! Yay! But hey, nothing else is going on in the world, so yes, it absolutely makes perfect sense for the secretary of state to be doing stateside trips to recruit personnel for the State Department.
Listen, just ditch the plane, folks. Make this a whistle-stop tour; say it saves money. On the way to Texas he’ll get to stop at plenty states without even trying. He can chat with folks at every stop. Easy peasy lemon squeezy pitch. Say come work at a national security agency that makes the world a better place; it’s such an important agency that they make half the people work with no pay while the other half are just sent home with no pay during a government shutdown. Also no one found the national security agency get out of shutdown free card until the 27th day of the shutdown, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is they found the card on the 27th day of the shutdown, and the money, so it’s all good now. No, it’s all great now! Sign up sheet to join over 75,000 warriors over there!
- DIR Northwest: Dorothy Ngutter (AK, Northern CA, OR, WA)
- DIR Southern California: Cecilia Choi (Southern CA, HI, NV)
- DIR Southwest: Kenneth Chavez (AZ, NM, Western TX)
- DIR Rocky Mountains: Stewart Devine (CO, ID, MT, UT, WY)
- DIR Texas: Julie Kavanagh (TX)
- DIR Central South: Tanya C. Anderson (AR, LA, MS)
- DIR Central: Kristin Stewart (KS, MO, NE, OK, SD)
- DIR Midwest: Dale Giovengo (IA, IL, MN, ND, WI)
- DIR North Central: Louis Fintor (IN, KY, MI, OH)
- DIR South: Vallera Gibson (Northern AL, Northern GA, TN, Northern MS)
- DIR Southeast: Amy Radetsky (Southern AL, Northern FL, Southern GA)
- DIR Southern Florida: Monique Quesada (Southern FL)
- DIR Mid-Atlantic: Kathryn Crockart (NC, SC, Southern VA)
- DIR New York Metro: Tiffany McGriff (NJ, NY, PA)
- DIR New England: Philip Beekman (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
- DIR DC Metro: TBD (DC, DE, MD, Northern VA, W VA)
It’s great to be in #DSMUSA to hear from some of the farmers, innovators, and entrepreneurs who make the American agriculture industry the most dynamic on earth. @StateDept is committed to advocating for you around the world! #StateDeptStateside pic.twitter.com/2Ixvw8yAtU
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) March 4, 2019
.@SecPompeo will travel to Houston, Texas on March 12 to deliver keynote remarks at @CERAweek’s “Reshaping the Energy Future” conference & participate in a roundtable with international energy firms on advancing Asia EDGE & the energy pillar of the Middle East Strategic Alliance. pic.twitter.com/2lvn1u87Zh
— Robert Palladino (@StateDeputySPOX) March 3, 2019
Pompeo is heading to Iowa and Texas this week to meet with ag leaders, energy co.'s, pitch more diplomat recruits from the heartland. When asked if an Iowa trip has anything to do with helping Trump in 2020, Pompeo said “That’s a ridiculous statement" https://t.co/WQXLQ7WblH
— Robbie Gramer (@RobbieGramer) March 4, 2019
HEADED TO IOWA: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo?
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 4, 2019
Posted 10:14 pm PST
— Monterey Bay Aquarium (@MontereyAq) February 13, 2019
— Vancouver Aquarium (@vanaqua) February 13, 2019
— Oakland Zoo (@oakzoo) February 13, 2019
Roses are red
You're in for a surprise
When I get startled
I PUFF THREE TIMES MY SIZE
— New England Aquarium (@NEAQ) February 13, 2019
— Seattle Aquarium (@SeattleAquarium) February 13, 2019
— Hawaii Pacific Parks (@HIPacParks) February 13, 2019
“We’ve got to take care of the floors. The floors of the forest,” Trump said in Paradise, CA.
Other countries do it differently—president of Finland said they spend a lot of time “on raking and cleaning. They don’t have any problem and when it is, it’s a very small problem.” pic.twitter.com/WZQd9YhxUZ
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 17, 2018
When @realDonaldTrump thinks Finns rake forest – Sorry. That's #RakeNews. According to a Yale Uni study, there are an estimated 22 billion trees in #Finland or 4500 trees per person. Nobody rakes them. https://t.co/Vf0iS6eTx4
— VeryFinnishProblems (@SoVeryFinnish) November 18, 2018
— Kirsten Berg 🇳🇴🇫🇮🇪🇺🇬🇧 (@kirmber2) November 18, 2018
— Iida Korhonen (@iidaKorhonen) November 18, 2018
— Johanna Junttila (@JunttilaJohanna) November 18, 2018
— 亅Φ Ν Δ Η ₭iレレ ッ (@deathbyd3s1gn) November 18, 2018
”Human! I’ve had it with the raking! Put the rake down now… put it down… NOW!!!” #raking #RakeAmericaGreatAgain #rakefinlandgreatagain #RakeTheForest #haravointi #forestry #forestfires #rakenews pic.twitter.com/pAZXzVeRjK
— Ilari Takamäki (@ilaritakamaki) November 18, 2018
'Get out there and don't come back until you've raked the whole of Finland.' pic.twitter.com/m7ySUnHdbQ
— Lissa Evans (@LissaKEvans) November 17, 2018
— Aapo Rautiainen (@aaporau) November 18, 2018
— Emilia Inkinen (@ilikewoolsocks) November 18, 2018
After you’re done laughing out loud, please consider (if you can) helping the displaced people in California who lost loved ones and homes in the wildfires. Below are links to a few groups. Thank you!
Want to help California fire victims?
🚫 DON’T: Randomly donate your stuff — it can be a hassle to transport, store and distribute. A lot goes to waste.
✅ DO: Donate money to the organizations on the ground who know what’s needed. Here are some groups: https://t.co/cw7EVeHUqv
— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@mattdpearce) November 18, 2018
Here's How To Donate To Help The California Fire Victims https://t.co/uQ37smqk1v
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) November 12, 2018