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Partnerships

  • The College of William and Mary, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech are part of the Diplomacy Lab network led by the Office of Global Partnerships. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country. (Source: Office of Global Partnerships) More: http://diplomacylab.org/ 
  • University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business’ Institute for Business in Society is a partner on the annual P3 Impact Award. (Source: Office of Global Partnerships) More: https://www.concordia.net/partnerships/awards/p3impactaward/ 
  • The OES-supported U.S. Water Partnership hosts the H2Info online database in Arlington, Virginia. H2Info is a centralized, web-based platform for sharing knowledge and expertise on fresh water and sanitation. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://www.h2info.us/ 
  • The U.S-China EcoPartnership between Reston-based Wilson Solarpower and Shenzhen Enesoon Science & Technology is developing a 20 MW concentrating solar power plant using innovative Brayton Air Cycle technology. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs)
  • The Department of State awarded a grant to the Arlington-based Conservation International to enhance and scale up stakeholder engagement in developing tropical forest countries that are participants in the global Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://www.conservation.org/projects/Pages/Strengthening-participation-in-forest-protection-efforts.aspx 
  • As part of the Department of State’s Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI), representatives from twelve foreign embassies, the World Bank, the Office of Foreign Missions (OFM), and the Office of Oceans, Environment and Science (OES) will work together to grow and plant underwater seagrass in the Potomac River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, in support of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Grasses for the Masses program. The project, called “Restore the Bay,” will launch January 10, 2017, in Washington, D.C. with a training workshop provided by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The project will culminate on June 5, 2017, in celebration of World Environment Day, at Mason Neck State Park in Lorton, Virginia, with the planting of underwater grasses in the Potomac River. (Source: Office of Foreign Missions) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-management/office-of-foreign-missions/ 
  • OES/IHB engaged students at the College of William and Mary via the Diplomacy Lab program starting in August 2017. Under the close supervision of a professor, the team devised novel techniques for detecting antibiotic pollution in the environment using methods that could be applied to low-resource settings. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs)
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, supports the efforts of Alexandria, Virginia-based International Wood Products Association (IWPA) to promote compliance with the U.S. Lacey Act Amendments. Through outreach and training, IWPA educates private sector, governments, and civil society concerning the legal requirements to export wood products to the United States. By promoting Lacey Act compliance, IWPA helps to level the playing field for the U.S. timber industry while ensuring a sustainable and legal timber supply for U.S. manufacturers. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.fws.gov/international/laws-treaties-agreements/us-conservation-laws/lacey-act.html 
  • OES Bureau funded a Water Experts Program (WEP) administered by the Global Environment and Technology Foundation, which is the secretariat of the U.S. Water Partnership, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. The WEP identifies and deploys American water experts from all over the United States to high-priority foreign countries to provide expert advice to key stakeholders through meetings, workshops, briefings, and assessments across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://www.uswaterpartnership.org/ 
  • Researchers from College of William and Mary, Janelia Farm Research Campus, National Aeronautics & Space Agency, Old Dominion University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute received grants from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) for joint research projects with Israeli scientists. Selected through a peer-reviewed process, the BSF research funding advances our bilateral relationship and shared scientific priorities. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://www.bsf.org.il/ 
  • Companies from Virginia received grants from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) for joint ventures with Israeli companies. Selected through a competitive process, the BIRD funding generates mutually beneficial cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs)
  • Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, Professor of Environmental Sciences and Biodiversity Chair at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment at George Mason University, continued his tenure as U.S. Science Envoy for Promoting Wildlife Conservation and Biodiversity. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-economic-growth-energy-and-the-environment/bureau-of-oceans-and-international-environmental-and-scientific-affairs/ 
  • A researcher from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University received a grant from the U.S.-Egypt Science and Technology Joint Fund for research projects with Egyptian scientists. Selected through a peer-reviewed process, the Joint Fund enables American scientists to conduct high impact research in the fields of agriculture, energy, health, and water and promotes U.S. – Egypt science and technology cooperation. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/Egypt/pga_156529 
  • The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, was founded to help restore hope, alleviate suffering, and nurture stability in war-torn countries. MLI received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY MLI’s major projects include the Mine Detection Dogs Partnership Program, Children Against Mines Program, and Survivors’ Assistance programs. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-political-military-affairs/ 
  • Foreign Policy Advisors (POLADs) work closely with Department of Defense (DOD) colleagues at the Pentagon located in Arlington. In this capacity, approximately 12 diplomats advise each of the U.S. military’s service chiefs and several senior leaders in the DOD’s Office of the Secretary of Defense on foreign policy. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-political-military-affairs/ 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Virginia National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the Tajikistan founded in 2003. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 
  • Virginia hosted 2 faculty from the University of Management and Technology in Pakistan on a university partnership program administered by the State Department. The scholars were in residence on campuses up taking courses, teaching seminars, drafting curriculum, and doing research. 4 American faculty completed the exchange by offering courses, seminars and mentoring in the partner institution abroad. The university partnership program supports the internationalization efforts of American universities and advances American influence, directly supporting the United States’ South Asia strategy. (Source: Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs)
  • The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees with more than 325 affiliates in roughly 190 communities around the country. These local affiliates work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. This program helps the world’s most vulnerable refugees find permanent homes, and it demonstrates the immense generosity of the American people. (Source: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-population-refugees-and-migration/ 
  • 78 Virginia residents hosted or supported 132 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 2,442 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • 41 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Virginia on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 
  • The U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded grants to the following organizations in Virginia to combat human trafficking: $25,000,000 was awarded to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) to reduce the prevalence of modern slavery through innovative and transformational industry and country programs around the world; $21,000,000 was awarded to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) to continue reducing the prevalence of modern slavery through innovative and transformational industry and country programs around the world; $2,700,000 was awarded to International Justice Mission to improve the Government of the Philippine’s response to online sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines; $1,000,000 was awarded to International Justice Mission to improve the justice sector capacity to better respond to labor trafficking related to the fishing industry in Thailand; $649,518 was awarded to ICF, a Virginia-based consulting and technology services firm, to support the Department’s work with the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, including technical assistance, capacity building, and guidance on trauma-informed work. The U.S. Advisory Council is comprised of trafficking survivors who are presidentially appointed to advise the federal government on anti-trafficking policies and programs. (Source: Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/office-to-monitor-and-combat-trafficking-in-persons/ 
  • The Bureau of International Narcotic and Law Enforcement Affairs has partnered with the Virginia State Police (VSP) since 2016. In 2018, VSP traveled to Thailand and provided the Royal Thai Police (RTP) Forensic Science officers with fire investigations training. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: http://www.vsp.state.va.us/ 
  • INL has partnered with the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) since 2017. In 2018 VADOC instructors traveled to Morocco twice to conduct Disturbance Control and Crisis Management Training for mid- to upper-level officials from the prison service of Morocco. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: https://vadoc.virginia.gov/ 
  • The INL Bureau has worked with the American Correctional Association (ACA) (Alexandria, VA) since 2012. INL partners with the ACA to audit and accredit Mexican state and federal correctional facilities. Accreditation requires a facility to apply the minimum industry acceptable standards in practice and policies. In FY 2018, 30 correctional facilities received accreditation. One hundred of Mexico’s just over 300 prisons are now accredited. Mexico has adopted ACA accreditation as official national policy. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: http://www.aca.org/ACA_Prod_IMIS/ACA_Member/Intl_Corrections/Intl_SAC/ACA_Member/Intl/Intl_Standards.aspx?hkey=31b86a29-ae0e-46d1-a9f9-9ea9fabe856a 
  • The INL Bureau partners with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) (Alexandria, VA) to provide study tours and training in order to strengthen Mexican law enforcement partnerships with Women's Justice Centers. In FY2018, 49 Mexican law enforcement officials and Women's Justice Center Directors were trained. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: http://www.theiacp.org/ 
  • The INL Bureau partners with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in Gainesville, VA and the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C. to help Mexican law enforcement agencies (academies, communication centers and departments) develop and improve processes with the goal of achieving CALEA accreditation. Police Foundation provides the technical assistance and, once ready, CALEA audits and accredits the facilities. In order to become accredited, agencies must show that they comply with established standards. Six Mexican academies,one communications center, and one law enforcement agency were accredited in 2018. The projected total for new accreditations in 2019 is three academies, three communications centers, and two law enforcement academies. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: http://www.calea.org/ 
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) collaborates with the INL Bureau in developing a global workforce to prevent and treat those with substance use disorders through science-based prevention and treatment training. Through this partnership VCU is making drug prevention and treatment training more widely available worldwide. For the 2017-18 year, VCU is hosting 12 fellows from Brazil, Bulgaria, India, Iran, Israel, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam. When the Fellows return to their home countries they will disseminate the science-based prevention and treatment training materials. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: https://psychology.vcu.edu/humphrey/ 

Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2018: 502,990. (CA) More: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/statistics.html 
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 188. (CA) More: http://iafdb.travel.state.gov/DefaultForm.aspx 
  • In Fiscal Year 2017, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 183children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Virginia. Intercountry adoption is one CA's highest priorities. CA's Office of Children’s Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process and works diligently to establish and maintain intercountry adoption as a viable option throughout the world. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) More: http://adoption.state.gov/about_us/statistics.php 
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Monticello and the University of Virginia. (Source: Bureau of International Organization Affairs) More: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/442 
  • Diplomatic Security Washington, D.C. Field Office serves Virginia. Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (Source: Bureau of Diplomatic Security – Resident Office: Dunn Loring Investigative Field Office) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-management/bureau-of-diplomatic-security/ 

Jobs and Economy

Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Northern (TBD) and Kathryn Crockart, Southern): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) More: https://careers.state.gov/connect/dir/ 
  • 66 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Virginia were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 74 international students received a Fulbright to study in Virginia. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 53 students from Virginia received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, awarded to students of limited financial means. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program 
  • 20,233 international higher education students studied abroad in Virginia. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 889 exchange visitors from overseas visited Virginia and 442 Virginia residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 
  • U.S. Embassy Valletta - U.S.-Malta Dual Degree Programs - The University of Malta offers two dual post-graduate degree programs, one with George Mason University, and one with the University of Illinois in Chicago. The programs attract American, international, and Maltese students and support educational exchange and youth empowerment. (Source: Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs) More: https://www.um.edu.mt/icp 
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the education and training of international military students at various locations within Virginia, including the Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, the Commanding General Education Command in Quantico, and the Army Logistical Unit Leaders Corse at Fort Lee. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia while also supporting the local economy. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-political-military-affairs/ 
  • The Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR) at James Madison University (JMU), in Harrisonburg, Virginia, provides innovative programs and reliable information to post-conflict communities and practitioners in the conventional weapons destruction field. CISR received funding from the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in FY18. CISR utilizes JMU faculty and staff and an international network of experts to produce publications, management-training workshops, disability-rights programming, and peer-support initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-political-military-affairs/ 
  • State Department funding will support research by AidData at the College of William and Mary. AidData will seek to quantify the scale and scope of Chinese public diplomacy in the East Asian and Pacific regions, analyze the factors that influence how and where China focuses its public diplomacy, and examine the relationship between its public diplomacy inputs and regional citizen perceptions through three state-specific case studies. This research will be published and freely available in spring 2018. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) More: http://aiddata.org/ 
  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Zeena Altalib, founder and CEO of women’s fashion company Primo Moda, led an entrepreneurship program focused on microenterprise financial tools for Palestinian women. Seven program participants who attended her workshop on small enterprise growth techniques are now scheduled to visit the United States under ECA’s International Visitor Leadership Program in February 2018. (Source: Bureau of International Information Programs)
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Argentine Ministry of Education awarded scholarships to 400 Argentine school administrators and educators to travel to the United States to participate in three-week teacher-training programs at eight U.S. universities. Programs were designed to improve primary and secondary education programs. Twenty-five educators participated in a training program at George Mason University. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://fulbright.edu.ar/en/ 
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) together with Virginia Tech, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Michigan State University, Boston College, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are working together to build study abroad programs through a student research program in the sciences, curriculum integration, student incentives, program marketing, and the implementation of a web-based data management system. These partnerships are part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • Northern Virginia Community College and Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Acre (Brazil) will create a program to address the lack of financial resources for students to pursue international opportunities. At NOVA, the program will target first-generation, Pell-grant recipients, and those who are part of the college’s Pathways to the Baccalaureate program. In Brazil, it will focus on indigenous students from families predominately in the farming and fishing industries in the rural areas surrounding IFAC and give them access to international exchange opportunities. This partnership is part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • George Mason University and Tec de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey (Mexico) launched a collaborative initiative that will have three core components: faculty exchange, globally-networked learning, and student exchange. This partnership is part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • George Mason University and Universidad Industrial de Santander (Colombia). Through the program students from each university will collaborate with GMU’s Honey Bee Initiative’s Global Outreach program in a credit-bearing course that will help students better understand and evaluate social problems and the role of community-driven social enterprise in creating innovative and sustainable solutions. This partnership is part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Universidad Católica de Argentina (Argentina) will address accessibility in study abroad and include STEM courses for international students, service learning, and faculty/researcher exchange, all of which aim to promote science and innovation collaboration among the partnering institutions. This partnership is part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • Virginia Commonwealth University and Universidad La Salle, Oaxaca (Mexico) will develop a joint, multidisciplinary program centered on the impacts of transnational migration on the host communities. Students, including indigenous students from Oaxaca, Mexico and economically-disadvantaged students from Richmond, Virginia, will enroll in courses, receive language instruction, and participate in service-learning opportunities that will allow them to help serve the needs of indigenous communities in Oaxaca and of refugees and immigrants in Richmond. This partnership is part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • In 2018, George Mason University, in partnership with Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana(UNAP) (Peru), began “Building Bridges and Capacity” with a new project focused on environmental science, conservation biology, and sustainability studies through a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant. Expanding on their existing ties and the unique partnerships GMU has with other higher education institutions and organizations, GMU and UNAP are setting the stage for increased student mobility to inspire similar partnerships. The project began with the creation of two new credit-bearing field courses in the Peruvian Amazon to enroll students from both universities and will grow the number of course offerings and capacity as the project develops. The second layer to the project involves the introduction of study opportunities for UNAP students at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • In 2018, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) is working with the Universidad de Piura (Peru) to reach low-income and underserved students from rural communities in the United States and Peru and bring them into contact with language and intercultural learning while enhancing their global knowledge of STEM subjects. Through a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant, Virginia Tech and UDEP have joined their strengths to implement an innovative program that will provide students at both campuses with key insights from behavioral economics and experimental economics related to the design and field evaluation of environmental, resource management, technology adoption, and educational policy in rural communities. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Peruvian Ministry of Education awarded scholarships to 30 Peruvians to travel to the United States to participate in different programs at 24 U.S. universities. One sanitary engineering graduate student is completing a five-year program at Virginia Tech University. Another graduate student is completing a one-year Fulbright/Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program in English at George Mason University. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.fulbright.pe/ 

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