The Foreign Service Journal, April 2024

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | APRIL 2024 21 I n May 2022, State Magazine launched a multimedia feature called “Making a Statement.” The video series amplifies the voices of Department of State employees in short clips that highlight their motivations for choosing public service careers at the department. In multiple monthly releases that feature Foreign Service, Civil Service, and locally employed Foreign Service sta« serving in various capacities around the world, “Making a Statement” reflects the diversity of the department’s workforce. Storytellers share honest reflections of the varied career paths available at the department and the talent contained therein. Interviews are ongoing, both in person and virtually. To schedule a “Making a Statement” interview of your own, contact StateMagazine@ Podcast of the Month: State Magazine’s “Making a Statement” ( e appearance of a particular site or podcast is for information only and does not constitute an endorsement. weeks, with expedited service taking seven to nine weeks. Between October 2022 and September 2023 (the federal scal year), the department issued more than 24 million passport books and cards—the most in any scal year to date. Kurt Campbell Confirmed On Feb. 6, the U.S. Senate con rmed Kurt Campbell as Deputy Secretary of State. Campbell was sworn in as the 22nd Deputy Secretary on Feb. 12. He replaced Wendy Sherman, who left that post in July 2023. Since then, Under Secretary of State for Political A airs Victoria Nuland has served as acting Deputy Secretary. She announced her