Cuba broadcasting: “Essential to national security”

U.S. government-financed broadcasts to Cuba and other nations can continue despite the government shutdown because they “necessary for conducting foreign relations essential to the national security,” according to the U.S. Agency for Global Media. An agency memo states: The USAGM Office of General Counsel (OGC) has issued a memorandum establishing that there is a sufficient … Read more

Government employees shafted. Taxpayers, too

The U.S. Agency for International Development, the State Department and other federal agencies have drafted guides telling employees what they can and can’t do during a government shutdown. One thing many of them can do is apply for unemployment benefits. So taxpayers end up paying at least some of their salaries during the shutdown. Here … Read more

Diplomatic posts go vacant under Donald Trump

Cuba is one of 59 nations without an American ambassador. Not even Slovenia, Melania Trump’s homeland, has a U.S. ambassador, a State Department report shows. The Trump administration has also failed to fill an additional eight ambassadorial posts, including: USASEAN (U.S. Mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Jakarta) U.S. Mission to the … Read more

Spike in civil rights complaints at State Department

The number of civil rights complaints at the State Department rose sharply to 216 in 2018, up from 170 the previous year. Complaints included accusations of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age and other factors, an Equal Employment Opportunity report shows. The State Department’s Office of Civil Rights touts the importance of diversity. … Read more