Top Blog Attractions in 2015

Posted: 11:11 pm EDT
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These are the blog posts that got the most views in 2015. Thank you for making us part of your day especially this past year! –D

#1. “Corridor Reputation” Gets a Makeover, And OMG …. It’s Now Online! (July 7, 2015)

#2. Next Generation U.S. Passport To Roll Out in 2016, No More Additional Page Insert Starting Jan 1, 2016 (April 28, 2015)

#3. The State Dept’s Most Expensive Assignments in the World (February 2015) (February 13, 2015)

#4. Danger Danger, Bang Bang — State Department Eyes Changes in Danger Pay (February 18, 2015)

#5. NewsFlash: “The FAM is not a regulation; it’s recommendations.” Hurry, DECLINE button over there! (March 11, 2015)

#6. New #Burundi Travel Warning, Non-Emergency US Embassy Staff & Family Members Now on Ordered Departure (May 15, 2015)

#7. Purported ISIS ‘Hit List’ With 1,482 Targets Includes State Department Names (August 16, 2015)

#8. State Dept Releases New 3 FAM 4170 aka: The “Stop The Next Peter Van Buren” Regulation (August 17, 2015)

#9. Move Over Jason Bourne! Meet Diplomat Alex Baines, Our New Favorite Fictional Hero (February 20, 2015)

#10. New Danger Pay Differential Posts: See Gainers, Plus Losers Include One Post on Evacuation Status (September 14, 2015)

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#11. The Purposeful and Targeted Cultivation of a Relationship with a Consular Officer (August 13, 2015)

#12. Senator Grassley Places Hold on 20 FSO Nominations Over Clinton Inquiry (August 10, 2015)

#13. Asking about the security clearance logjam: “Seriously? I suggest we sent her to FLO…” Seriously, let’s not! (April 6, 2016)

#14. OPM Hack Compromises Federal Employee Records, Not Just PII But Security Clearance Info (June 8, 2015)

#15. Obama Nominates Career Diplomat Laura Farnsworth Dogu as Next Ambassador to Nicaragua (May 14, 2015)

#16. US Embassy Madagascar: A Post Far From Heaven With a $700K Imaginary American Center (May 18, 2015)

#17. Former FSO Michael Sestak Sentenced to 64 Months In Visas For Dollars Scheme (August 14, 2015)

#18. U.S. Passport Agency Contractor, Two Others Indicted for Alleged Use of Stolen Passport Information (May 7, 2015)

#19. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Top Diplomatic Pooch of All? (February 27, 2015)

#20. 2014 Foreign Service Promotions Stuck on Glue in the Senate. Again. Yo! Wassup? (February 11, 2015)

 

 

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Some Top Attractions From 2013 – Goodbye Old Year, and Happy New Year!

— Domani Spero

 

Embassy Row’s Dirty Little Secret: Abuse of Migrant Domestic Workers by Diplomats

Near, far, wherever you are, Benghazi will go on and on … oh, but do you want to buy a Benghazi thong?

US Embassy Ukraine Gets High Marks and Yay! State/OIG Now Discloses Names of Inspectors

US Mission Kenya: USAID FSN’s Wife Ruhila Adatia-Sood Killed at Westgate Mall Attack

US Embassy Malta Gets a Viral Video But — Not the Kind You Want

$630K To Buy Facebook Fans — Is That Really Such a Sin? Only If There’s Nothin’ But Strategery

After 1,989 Day-Vacancy — President Obama Nominates Steve Linick as State Dept Inspector General

Raymond Maxwell: Former Deputy Asst Secretary Removed Over Benghazi Pens a Poem

State Dept Issues New Guidance for 2013 Fourth of July Embassy Events – More Zombies, Please

State/OIG on Diplomatic Security’s Special Investigations Division – The Missing Firewall

In the Foreign Service: Death, Too Close An Acquaintance

2012 State Dept Annual Awards: Greatest Achievements in Many Fields, Mostly By Men

 

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Reposting below U.S. Embassy Bangkok’s New Year 2014 video. Wishing you all a more peaceful and prosperous new year. DS