Ryan White

Ryan White is a reporting intern at Sightline Media. He is currently a senior at The University of Maryland, College Park studying journalism.
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Is Juneteenth a federal holiday?
Juneteenth has been celebrated annually around the country since 1865 when a Union General arrived in Galveston, Texas, and informed the enslaved African Americans that the Confederacy had lost the war and that they were free as per the Emancipation Proclamation, which was inked in 1863.
Foreign Service exam update increases reliance on IBM evaluation software
The score an applicant earns on the FSOT will now be combined with the score they receive on the Preliminary-QEP, the first of two parts to the QEP. During the preliminary stage, an automated deep text analysis tool made by IBM evaluates the personal narratives which an applicant submits prior to taking the FSOT.
Foreign Service applicants sit for updated exam amid subjectivity concerns
In late April, the State Department announced that the Foreign Service Officer Test would no longer serve as a mechanism to cull the ranks of applicants, but rather all applicants would now move forward onto the Qualifications Evaluation Panel and their FSOT score would be factored into the evaluation.
State Department mismanaged fuel purchases for years, watchdog says
Dozens of overseas missions across multiple geographic regions incurred approximately $77 million in questionable fuel costs due to insufficient documentation and document reviews, improper acceptance procedures and fuel equipment deficiencies, according to the State Department Office of Inspector General.
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