Posted: 1:23 am ET
State/HR recently sent a Frequently Asked Questions to newly promoted OCs concerning the differences between being an FS-01, the highest rank in the regular Foreign Service, and as OC, the starter rank in the Senior Foreign Service. The FAQ talks about pay, bidding, EERs, benefits, and of course, promotions. And then there’s this question, and apparent answer:
Q: When are promotions from FS-01 to OC effective?
Answer: Promotion boards issue a list in the fall of officers “recommended” for promotion from FS-01 to OC, OC to MC and MC to CM. However, all promotions into and within the Senior Foreign Service must be vetted by the White House, confirmed by the Senate and attested by the President. This process can take several months. Promotions into and within the SFS are effective the first pay period following Presidential attestation. However, you may start bidding as an OC as soon as the promotion list is released by the board.
Yo! You know this is nuts, right? The White House can barely vet its own staffers, and it will now vet all promotions of FSOs into and within the Senior Foreign Service? With one exception that we are aware of (and we’ll write about that case separately), this WH vetting requirement is new, and yes, we remember the “improved” vetting required by the SFRC back in 2015 (SFRC Bullies Diplomats Up For Promotion to Self-Certify They Have Not Been Convicted of Any Crime). Is the WH also vetting all senior promotions out of the Pentagon? Who’s going to be doing this and what does this vetting includes? Also whose great idea was this, pray tell? Will State/HR and A/DGHR soon say that this vetting has always been done by the White House since the beginning of whatevs?
Posted: 12:10 am ET
On March 26, the U.S. Embassy in The Hague officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony and lots of scissors. The officials listed below helped cut the ribbon according to the embassy website.
- Minister of Social Affairs and Employment Wouter Koolmees
- Mayor Frank Koen of the city of Wassenaar
- Mayor Pauline Krikke of the city of The Hague
- Ambassador Peter Hoekstra
- Ambassador Kenneth D. Ward, United States Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
- Ambassador William Moser, the Principal Deputy Director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
- Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Chairman, U.S. House Committee on Appropriations
- Representative Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus on the Netherlands
- Representative Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Ranking Member, U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats
- Representative John Carter (R-TX), Chairman, U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security
- Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Ranking Member, U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy
- Executive Director of the EUR-IO/EX Director Robert S. Needham
One person missing is Nicole Nason, the Assistant Secretary for Administration (A), and as of last week, the person apparently also now in charge of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO). See her one-line official bio here as “A” overseeing twelve offices and OBO (currently unlisted).
— US Embassy The Hague (@usembthehague) March 26, 2018
All the best to @usembthehague & @usambnl in your new Embassy in Wassenaar. We look forward to continue the long-lasting relationship between the United States and the Netherlands! 🇳🇱🇺🇸 #Diplomacy pic.twitter.com/uoGoX1AqR2
— Netherlands Embassy 🇺🇸 (@NLintheUSA) March 26, 2018
En de ambassade is geopend. pic.twitter.com/4sBjwIfHoL
— Maarten Brakema (@Abrakemabra) March 26, 2018
Posted: 4:08 am ET
The State Department announced it is expelling 48 Russian diplomats and 12 intelligence operatives, and forcing Russia to shut down its consulate in Seattle, in response to Salisbury attack pic.twitter.com/QZnWQTXtuc
— Robbie Gramer (@RobbieGramer) March 26, 2018
State Department spokesperson: "We are giving the Russians until April 25 to close their diplomatic residence in Seattle.” That residence is Hyde House, a historic mansion in the Madison Park neighborhood. #Q13FOX pic.twitter.com/3P1E6UVuhX
— Brandi Kruse (@BrandiKruse) March 27, 2018
Eurovision Song Contest 2018? No, Russian state TV's coverage of the mass expulsion of Russian diplomats 2018. pic.twitter.com/ZbsdSihU88
— Steve Rosenberg (@BBCSteveR) March 26, 2018
Sixty Russian diplomats in US being expelled amid co-ordinated response to poisoning of Russian ex-spy in UK https://t.co/EU2iEM1xLg
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) March 26, 2018
Statement by Ambassador Huntsman on the expulsion of Russian intelligence officers: pic.twitter.com/RvMzCbPzZu
— Maria Olson (@USEmbRuPress) March 26, 2018
— Russia in USA 🇷🇺 (@RusEmbUSA) March 26, 2018
— Russia in USA 🇷🇺 (@RusEmbUSA) March 26, 2018
Russia has threatened retaliation over one of the largest mass expulsions of its diplomats in history, after at least 100 were expelled worldwide.
More than 20 countries backed action by the UK over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury https://t.co/X0wT7PjCZx
— CNN (@CNN) March 27, 2018
Posted: 4:32 am ET
On March 15, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, sent a letter to the White House and State Department releasing new documents obtained by a whistleblower showing high level political appointees targeting career civil servant employees they believed did not adequately support President Donald Trump’s agenda.
We have obtained extremely disturbing new documents from a whistleblower indicating that high-level ofﬁcials at the White House and State Department worked with a network of conservative activists to conduct a “cleaning” of employees they believed were not sufficiently “supportive” of President Trump’s agenda. They appear to have targeted these staffers despite being fully aware that they were career civil service employees and despite the career employees expressing willingness to support the policy priorities of the Trump Administration.
Over the past year, we have heard many reports of political attacks on career employees at the State Department, but we had not seen evidence of how extensive, blunt, and inappropriate these attacks were until now. In light of this new information, we now request that you produce additional documents regarding these staffing decisions and make several ofﬁcials available for transcribed interviews with Committee staff.
The congressional representatives say that the documents they have show that political appointees characterized career State Department employees in derogatory terms, including as “a leaker and troublemaker”; “Turncoat , associated with previous policy”; and “Obama/Clinton loyalists not at all supportive of President Trump’s foreign policy agenda.”
The congressional letter requests the following documents and information including transcribed interviews by March 29, 2018:
(1) all documents and communications referring or relating to any reassignment or proposed reassignment that was considered or ordered since January 20, 2017, of career or civil service employees at the Department;
(2) all documents and communications referring or relating to any proposed or actual reassignment or removal of career or civil service employees at the Department since January 20, 2017, based on alleged personal political beliefs, prior service with previous Administrations, or work on prior Administrations’ foreign policy priorities, including any documents authored by, copying, involving, or referring to:
(a) Christine Ciccone;
(b) Makan Delrahim;
(c) Sean Doocey;
(d) Julia Haller;
(e) Brian Hook;
(f) Edward Lacey;
(g) Matthew Mowers; or
(h) Margaret Peterlin; and
(3) all documents and communications referring or relating to proposed or actual personnel actions since January 20, 2017, against Sahar Nowrouzzadch, including the curtailment of her detail to the Policy Planning staff.
Although career staffers generally observe an ethos of nonpartisanship, many Trump officials saw “Obama holdovers” as constituting a “deep state” cabal determined to sabotage the new president’s agenda. https://t.co/CqQmoLrZ7L via @nahaltoosi pic.twitter.com/Kf3rY5kbbt
— POLITICO (@politico) March 17, 2018
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) March 15, 2018
Two State Department officials involved in the Trump administration's civil servant "disloyalty" purge have direct access to the "dissent channel" where staffers openly protest the administration's decisions, TPM discovers https://t.co/gROIEHYP8N pic.twitter.com/m41q9pINGR
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) March 19, 2018
It's illegal to target civil service employees based on their perceived loyalty to a particular president. The point of the civil service is to insulate career feds from being demoted or punished for something like being "associated with previous policy." https://t.co/etF8Mmm07M
— Dan Friedman (@dfriedman33) March 15, 2018
When you hear that lists sent to DCM Committees have been adjusted by gender for those appointees who are insisting on a man (!) as their Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) or Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS). And you’re still waiting for anyone at DGHR to inform everyone that no committee will entertain any list that promotes, assists, or enables sex discrimination in violation of Title VII.
Posted: 2:42 am ET
Update: 12:03 pm PT
According to a recent fedbiz announcement, the Office of Resource Management at the Bureau of International Narcotics, and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL/RM) is seeking a Personal Services Contractor who will be the bureau’s “Foreign Service Assignments Officer.” The contract is for one year with four option years.
So State is going to use contractors for assignments officers now?
We can’t recall Foreign Service Assignments Officer as contractors before. Is it far fetched to think of this as a glimpse of the future in Foggy Bottom? CRS report from 2014 notes that OMB Circular A-76 distinguishes between the exercise of discretion per se, which it says does not make a function inherently governmental, and the exercise of “substantial discretion,” which it says makes a function inherently governmental.
And if the Foreign Service Assignments Officer position is deemed a commercial activity, that is, an activity not so intimately related to the public interest as to mandate performance by government personnel” (see CRS link to inherently government function below) how long before all bureau assignments officer are converted to PSC positions with one year contracts and four year options?
Update: We just got a note telling us that the INL Foreign Service Assignments officer has been a PSC since at least 2010. And that this position “serves in an advisory capacity, ensuring that INL’s program offices and front office understand HR rules and processes,and assists with how the offices conduct the FS assignments process within INL.” This position reportedly “makes no decisions, sets no policy, very non-governmental.” Also that most bureaus do not have the PSC hiring authority, “so it’s quite unlikely that the function in other bureaus will be moving to contractors any time soon.”
About INL: The Bureau has overall responsibility for the development, supervision, and implementation of international narcotics control assistance activities and for international criminal justice issues for the Department of State. The Foreign Service Assignments Officer (FSAO) will perform duties related to both domestic and foreign assignments, and will supplement existing staff during times of heavy workload, when staff shortages occur, or when expertise is required for specific projects.
About FSAO: The FSAO receives administrative direction from the Administrative Officer, but acts with a high degree of independence in planning, scheduling, and completing work, within the framework of delegated authority. Many assignments are self-initiated based on the FSAO’s assessment of post requirements and the means to meet them. As the primary liaison with post personnel, regional bureau staff, and office of Career Development and Assignments (HR/CDA) in the Bureau of Human Resources (HR), the FSAO has broad latitude in coordinating work efforts, and plays a key role in ensuring that posts operate effectively and in compliance with relevant regulations.
The FSAO uses a high degree of expertise and independent judgment in developing, consulting, coordinating, and executing programs to achieve compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and organizational goals and objectives, and resolves all but the most complex and sensitive issues. Recommendations and decisions are assumed to be technically accurate, and work is reviewed in terms of the overall effectiveness of the efforts by management within INL/RM as well as by program office staff, post officials, and others who rely on the FSAO’s advice and support.
The announcement says that the purposes of the work “are to collaborate with management in the Department in providing prompt and effective administrative support of the assignment of FS personnel domestically and at INL positions at posts; support INL missions at posts in engaging their administrative and personnel resources as effectively as possible; liaise with relevant Bureaus and USG agencies to ensure that INL’s best interests are protected; and ensure that administrative and substantive policies are mutually compatible.”
- SOLICITATION NUMBER: PSC-18-016-INL
- ISSUANCE DATE: 03/13/2018
- CLOSING DATE: 03/27/2018
- TIME SPECIFIED FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: 3:00 PM, EST
- POSITION TITLE: INL Foreign Service Assignments Officer
- MARKET VALUE: $114,590 – $148,967 (GS-14 Equivalent)
- PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One year from date of award, with four optional years
- PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Washington, DC
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Manages the Foreign Service Assignments process, providing expert advice and guidance to senior Bureau managers on all aspects of Foreign Service position management, recruitment, assignment, and evaluation.
- Counsels Foreign Service staff on all assignment related questions and provides support and guidance to those individuals who have been offered positions within the Bureau.
- Coordinates all FS issues with the appropriate offices within the Bureau of Human Resources, e.g., HR/CDA and HR/PE, resolving issues pertaining to FS assignments and performance, and recommends ways to improve or streamline the process.
- Oversees suggestion and award, quality, and or productivity programs related to these activities. Analyzes and evaluates, on a quantitative or qualitative basis, the effectiveness of programs or operations in meeting established goals and objectives.
- Liaises with colleagues and professional contacts in other bureaus whose work and role are relevant to supporting INL, including but not limited to Diplomatic Security, the Office of Medical Services, HR/CDA, the Family Liaison Office, the Office of Foreign Missions, Office of Allowances, and others as required.
- Analyzes administrative processes and/or agency programs for the Executive Director, with particular emphasis on management and implementation of an effective program in meeting Foreign Service human resources goals and objectives for the Bureau and its worldwide operations.
- Identifies problem areas and opportunities for improvement and provides fully staffed recommendations to management, including the Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretaries. This encompasses issues such as streamlining processes, assessing the feasibility of automated systems for meeting the Bureau’s HR responsibilities, standardizing operations, or collaborating with other organizations on mutual responsibilities, improved management practices or the impact of new or proposed legislation or regulations on HR programs.
- Communicates with colleagues, agency management, and other contacts outside the agency to gather and analyze information about these agency processes and programs.
Posted: 4:25 am ET
I never meant for my decision to resign to be a public political statement. Sadly, it became one.
The details of how that happened are less important than the demoralizing take-away: When career public servants take an oath to communicate dissent only in protected channels, Trump administration officials do not protect that promise of privacy.
Leaking is not new in Washington. But leaking a sitting ambassador’s personal resignation letter to the president, as mine was, is something else. This was a painful indication that the current administration has little respect for those who have served the nation apolitically for decades. […] A part of my resignation letter that has not been quoted publicly reads: “I now return home, with no rank or title other than citizen, to continue my American journey.” What this means for me is still evolving.
As the grandson of migrant stock from New York City, an Eagle Scout, a Marine Corps veteran and someone who has spent his diplomatic career in Latin America, I am convinced that the president’s policies regarding migration are not only foolish and delusional but also anti-American.
Read in full below:
Former U.S.Ambassador to Panama John D. Feeley who retired last week as a U.S. diplomat | Why I could no longer serve this president https://t.co/zP7SmvwuGY
— Diplopundit (@Diplopundit) March 12, 2018
Here are a couple of goodbye videos from Panama:
- U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley Resigns From the Foreign Service Over Trump Policies
- Confirmations: Goldstein, Lawler, Johnson, Gonzales, and Four New Career Ministers
- Senate Confirmations: Ebert-Gray, Hill, Feeley, Rubin, Scott, Chapman, Manes, Taglialatela
- With about 20 days left in session, time is running short for nominees in Senate logjam
Posted: 3:29 am ET
Updated: 2:51 pm PT
Politico’s Nahal Toosi reported recently on the appointment of FSO Andrew Veprek as a deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) and how this is “alarming pro-immigration activists who fear that President Donald Trump is trying to effectively end the U.S. refugee resettlement program.”
A White House aide close to senior policy adviser Stephen Miller who has advocated strict limits on immigration into the U.S. has been selected for a top State Department post overseeing refugee admissions….
Veprek’s appointment as a deputy assistant secretary is unusual given his relatively low Foreign Service rank, the former and current State officials said, and raises questions about his qualifications. Such a position typically does not require Senate confirmation.
A State Department spokesperson confirmed Veprek’s new role and, while not describing his rank, stressed that Veprek comes to PRM “with more than 16 years in the Foreign Service and experience working on refugee and migration issues.”
“He was Stephen Miller’s vehicle,” the former State official said. The current official predicted that some PRM officials could resign in protest over Veprek’s appointment. “My experience is that he strongly believes that fewer refugees should admitted into the United States and that international migration is something to be stopped, not managed,” the former U.S. official said, adding that Veprek’s views about refugees and migrants were impassioned to the point of seeming “vindictive.”
PRM currently has no Senate-confirmed assistant secretary. The leadership of the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration as of this writing includes the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and two Deputy Assistant Secretaries, all Senior Executive Service, and Senior Foreign Service members.
- Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Carol Thompson O’Connell
- Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark C. Storella
- Deputy Assistant Secretary Nancy Izzo Jackson
According to congress.gov, Mr. Verdek was originally appointed/confirmed as a Consular Officer and Secretary in the Diplomatic Service of the United States in October 2002.
His name appears again in congress.gov in August 2006 with 129 nominees confirmed as Foreign Service Officers Class Four, Consular Officers and Secretaries in the Diplomatic Service of the United States of America.
We have not been able to find anything beyond that at congress.gov but in April 2010, he was identified here as Andrew Veprek, Consular Chief of the U.S Consulate in Chiang Mai during a Q&A at the Chiang Mai Expats Club in Thailand.
Emails from 2012 released under FOIA request related to Benghazi indicates that in September 2012, Veprek was a Senior Watch Officer at the Ops Center. Those assignments used to be 12 months, so there are gaps in what we know about his career in the State Department.
However, in Sept 2017, he was identified in a WSJ article about the review of the J-1 program as Andrew Veprek, immigration adviser to Trump. A govexec database of White House staff also indicates the same title and a salary of $127,489 for Veprek. That’s a salary closest to an FS01/8 rank in the 2017 payscale (PDF). (Or he could be also be an FSO2 in DC with a salary still close to what’s listed on the database as White House detailees apparently receive a parking stipend that’s counted as income).
But how did he become an anti-refugee diplomat or a refugee hardliner in the retelling of this story? Or even “a low-ranking protegé of nativist Stephen Miller?”
Unlike Interior’s “independent scientist” who WaPo points out “highlights a regular bureaucratic ritual that has attracted little notice under this administration: When a new president comes to power, civil servants aligned with the administration can suddenly gain prominence,” we have so far been unable to find papers, write ups or speeches that indicate Verdek’s politics.
We don’t know him from Adam, and we have no idea about his political leanings are but we know that he is a career FSO who has worked for the USG since 2002. It seems to perplex people online that somebody who worked in a Clinton State Department, could also end up working at the Trump White House. That’s what the career service is; career FS employees working for the administration of the day whether or not they personally agree with that administration’s policies. And when they can no longer do that, they are honor-bound to put in their resignation. It is likely that Veprek came in during Powell’s Diplomatic Readiness Initiative, under George W. Bush. In some quarters who call career employees “holdovers”, he would be a George W. Bush holdover who went on to work for Barack Obama, and now an Obama holdover who end up working for Donald Trump’s White House.
This appointee appears to be on a consular career track and the State Department spox, of course, wants to highlight his experience in “refugee and migration issues.” Is he the best one for this job? Maybe, or maybe not but that’s a question that is obviously immaterial. He may be Miller’s pick, but that also makes him this Administration’s pick, a prerogative exercised. And since these appointments do not require Senate confirmation, DAS appointments are mostly done deals.
It is also worth noting that the State Department, a pretty old organization is a highly hierarchical entity with a regular Foreign/Civil Service and a Senior Foreign Service and Senior Executive Service corps. Would career people leave because an FSO-01 is appointed to a position traditionally filled by a SES/SFSO? We can’t say. Did career people leave when GWB appointed a midlevel FSO-02 as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs?
We would suggest that the proper functioning of the service does require an organization that respects order in ranks, traditions, and practices (What’s the use of playing the Jenga game if you don’t follow the rules, hey?) But we understand from long-time State Department watchers that the politicization of the senior ranks and appointments have been slow burning for years. This Administration with its deep aversion to career diplomats and its propensity for chaos may just blow it up and make us all pay attention for a change.
We are convinced that while this one appointment may not trigger senior officials to leave — given the lack of appointments of senior employees to appropriate career slots, the limited promotions numbers made available, the rumored 90-day rule and mandatory retirements — a combination of these factors may nudged retirement eligible employees to hang up their hats and walk off into the sunset.
It is highly likely that the departures from senior members of the Foreign Service will continue this year, with the number hitting three digit numbers by summer per some unofficial estimates.
— Nahal Toosi (@nahaltoosi) March 8, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) March 8, 2018
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) March 9, 2018
Andrew Veprek, a “relatively junior” FSO, assigned as D/AS in PRM. https://t.co/RU2bMRZISm
— Donald Camp (@donacamp) March 8, 2018
Veprek, Andrew M.
— white house payroll (@wh_payroll) September 1, 2017
Posted: 2:21 am ET
On March 11, Secretary Tillerson delivered the following remarks at the Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the August 7th Memorial Park; in Nairobi, Kenya.
As all of you well know, 1998 terrorists thought they could demoralize and destroy the Kenyan and American people by attacking the U.S. embassy here in Nairobi. Of course, they were wrong. Nearly 20 years later, we meet here to honor those who we lost and those who were injured. Hundreds of lives were taken and hundreds if not a thousand more were changed forever. Some of our current embassy colleagues who survived this tragedy, including Ambassador Godec and his wife Lori and our current locally employed staff at the embassy that day of the bombing, are with us as well. And it’s an honor to meet all of you, and I appreciate you being here.
To the survivors present, please know that the American people remember your service and your sacrifice as well as those who are not with us today and have been forever lost. Our hearts are with the many who lost family, friends, and colleagues on that tragic day.
Today we remember them and their bravery, the compassion, and the sacrifice, as well as many who without hesitation that day and at risk to themselves rushed into action to save lives and help others. We honor those heroes and the courage they displayed as well. They are all examples to us.
As our work continues to end terrorism, those who sought to divide us here have failed. Our commitment to work together as Americans and Kenyans is steadfast, it is enduring, and we will build on the shared values and our shared future, which remains very strong. We will never forget the names on this wall. Thank you.
The FBI says that the investigation continues, with the following fugitives still wanted for their alleged roles in the attacks:
January 1999: Report of the Accountability Review Boards on the Embassy Bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam on August 7, 1998.
As the NYT notes, the Africa Embassy bombings “may have done more to transform the State Department than any other event of the past 50 years.”
It also points a fact that’s not lost on anyone — “Mr. Tillerson has twice proposed slashing the department’s budget to about $35 billion from about $50 billion, saying that doing so would return spending levels to those before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.”
And just watch, he won’t stop at his second try.
Rex Tillerson laid a wreath on Sunday at a Nairobi memorial commemorating a bombing 20 years ago that killed more than 200 people, an attack that transformed the State Department. Critics warn that his proposed funding cuts could cost lives. https://t.co/M5X19WOgJQ
— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) March 12, 2018
Today, Secretary Tillerson honored those lives who were lost and injured in the 1998 @USEmbassyKenya terrorist bombing during a wreath-laying ceremony at the @Aug7thMemorial Park in Nairobi, #Kenya. https://t.co/ONweGBdeuI #SecStateinAfrica pic.twitter.com/2zRguzdyIQ
— Department of State (@StateDept) March 11, 2018
Secretary Tillerson honored the innocent victims, survivors & heroes @Aug7thMemorial. We will never forget their sacrifice and we stand firmly with #Kenya and all our partners in the fight against the scourge of terrorism. pic.twitter.com/rqPDr70Ie4
— U.S. Embassy Nairobi (@USEmbassyKenya) March 11, 2018
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) March 9, 2018
Posted: 2:08 am ET
We’re late on this but a couple weeks back, Comedy Central’s Jordan Klepper sat down with former members of the State Department to discuss President Trump’s proposed budget cuts and his approach to diplomacy. Well, this is supposed to be funny but we’re crying, and not from laughing our heads off.
The former employees include two former press officers (Meaghan Monfort and Sri Kulkarni who is running for Congress in Texas and just advanced to the runoffs), David Rank (most recently CDA in Beijing), Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley (f0rmer U.S. Ambassador to Malta), Tom Countryman (former U/Secretary of State), and Michele Bond (former A/S for Consular Affairs).
Tonight (Feb 21) you can see me briefly, with several esteemed State Dept colleagues, on @TheOpposition on Comedy Central, right after the Daily Show.
— Thomas M. Countryman (@TMCountryman) February 21, 2018
— Richard Boucher (@RABoucher) February 22, 2018