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10:48 am, August 21, 2014

State Department News

Bob Silverman, President, American Foreign Service Association

One of the toughest jobs in the State Department these days might be ambassador to Russia. That job was conferred just days ago on veteran career diplomat John Tefft. He arrives in Moscow when tensions between Russia and the United States are as high as they've been since the Cold War. Bob Silverman is president of the American Foreign Service Association. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how Tefft will have to go about his job.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 02:33pm EDT
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Gandomi plays key role in U.S. efforts to counter African extremist group

U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Scott DeLisi said the State Department's Jonathan Gamdoni worked on the frontlines in coordinating efforts to counter The Lord's Resistance Army.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 12:49pm EDT

US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said "free-wheeling militia violence" prompted the move.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 09:43am EDT

The success of women worldwide rests in holding political offices

On this week's Women of Washington radio show, Stephenie Foster discusses how women can work on parity in the political realm.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 06:10pm EDT

Jonathan Gandomi, Former Field Representative, State Department

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. For the next few months, Federal News Radio is speaking to the finalists. As a diplomat, you don't seek out the easy life. Jonathan Gandomi was the State Department's field representative for the Counter-Lord's Resistance Army Mission. He spent two years on an assignment that has frustrated the world, ridding Africa of one of its oldest and most brutal extremist groups. Gandomi joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss his experience in Africa that led to his 2014 Sammies nomination. View a photo gallery of all the Sammies finalists. Read a Q&A and related story.

Monday - 07/14/2014, 06:34am EDT
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State on path toward recovery after harsh IG report on cyber

Bill Lay, the State Department's chief information security officer, said his budget for cybersecurity doubled in 2014 to help address the recommendations outlined by the agency's inspector general.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 02:07pm EDT

Bridget Roddy, Program Manager, State Department

The barriers for hiring interns are getting lower. Nowadays, you don't even have to give them a desk. The State Department is recruiting students from around the world to serve as virtual interns at several agencies. The students do real projects but sometimes from half a world away. Program Manager Bridget Roddy joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the Virtual Student Foreign Service Program.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 10:22am EDT
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Corey Rindner, Procurement Executive, State Department

The State Department stands out among agencies cracking down on bad contractors. In 2009, it took just eight suspension or debarment actions. Last year, it reported 96. Corey Rindner is the procurement executive and suspension and debarment official at the State Department. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what debarment and suspension are and are not.

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 10:18am EDT
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Paul Bremer, Former Ambassador to Iraq

Maybe the United States was never really finished in Iraq. Regardless, events of the past two weeks have returned that nation to a front and center position for Congress and the administration. Paul Bremer was U.S. Presidential envoy to Iraq in 2003 and 2004. A career diplomat, he was thrust into the spotlight as temporary head of the Iraqi government after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Most of the questions this week have been about military options now that the government is under threat. Bremer joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how this situation affects the State Department both here and in Baghdad.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:27am EDT
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Browne's efforts alter view of drug addiction treatment, prevention worldwide

Over a three-decade career, State Department employee Thomas Browne has changed the way the U.S. and 70 countries across the world view drug addiction, treatment and prevention.

Monday - 06/02/2014, 12:49pm EDT

Thomas Browne, deputy director of the Office of Anti-Crime Programs, State Department

The Service to America medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. Federal News Radio will be speaking to finalists. A colleague describes him as the world's leading expert on drug-addiction treatment and prevention. As the deputy director of the State Department's anti-crime programs, Thomas Brown has helped shape drug treatment in 70 countries. He's a finalist in the career achievement category of the 2014 Sammies awards. Read a Q&A with Thomas Browne.

Monday - 06/02/2014, 10:41am EDT
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Boko Haram, Benghazi, and the Mexican drug war

Mark Schroeder and Fred Burton from Stratfor, will give us an update on terrorist activities around the world, and the latest news on the Mexican drug war.
May 30, 2014

Friday - 05/30/2014, 08:11pm EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: FedBizOpps contractor admits to hacking

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities.

Friday - 05/23/2014, 06:10pm EDT
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Insider threat programs must find the right 'trust but verify' balance

NSA, State and nearly every other agency are developing "fixes" to protect unauthorized employees from taking data. Experts say employees need to understand why the rules are in place and how they benefit both the organization and worker. OMB says one way to improve the situation is by reducing the number of federal employees with security clearances-an initiative that already is underway.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 03:56am EDT
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Sascha Meinrath, New America Foundation

Security breaches in government and the private sector show that no network is completely safe. Now with funding from the State Department and USAID, the New America Foundation is promoting the idea of what it calls mesh networks small, home-built communications systems that don't rely on the Internet. Sascha Meinrath is the founder of the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive and said the networks can support things like phone service, file sharing, and instant messaging.

Monday - 05/19/2014, 09:42am EDT
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Boko Haram, Benghazi, and the Mexican drug war

Mark Schroeder and Fred Burton from Stratfor, will give us an update on terrorist activities around the world, and the latest news on the Mexican drug war.
May 16, 2014

Friday - 05/16/2014, 08:11pm EDT
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Egypt facing hurdles in Washington

Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that Egypt has made progress in its democratic transition, but must address "disturbing" developments if its government is to have the confidence of the Egyptian people and others. U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, was very explicit about his concerns. He said he would not approve sending funds to the Egyptian military, denouncing a "sham trial" in which a court sentenced 683 people to death.

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 08:53am EDT

Former State Department employee sentenced for leaking classified information

In our weekly Crime of the Week feature, Federal News Radio reports on a federal employee who leaked top secret information to a news outlet.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 02:59pm EDT

Cathy Read & Corey Rinder, State Department

The administration's strategic sourcing initiative applies to all agencies, but implementation looks different at every agency. The State Department's acquisition process has a different emphasis and produces different results than other agencies. In Depth with Francis Rose talks to Cathy Read, State's director of acquisitions management. Also, Corey Rinder, procurement executive at State, explains some of the differences and similarities between how State does acquisition and how your agency may do it.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 05:36pm EDT
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Isaiah Joo, CIO, Young Government Leaders

Your agency probably has a shortage of digital natives. The shortage is tied directly to the amount of millennial employees that many agencies don't have enough of already. Isaiah Joo, the chief information officer of Young Government Leaders and program analyst for the State Department's Office of E-Diplomacy, joined In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 05:17pm EDT
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