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State Department News

Using technology to bridge the gap

How is the State Department using technology to build bridges?

Thursday - 08/05/2010, 01:10pm EDT

Architecting Defense-in-Detail

August 11th at 11:05am

The DoD GIG IA Portfolio Management Office (GIAP) has learned through experience that mission critical networks are contested, violated, infiltrated and penetrated, leading to significant risks to US interests. The U.S. critical infrastructure has evolved from a ‘network enabled' position to one that is now ‘network dependent.' No aspect of the national critical infrastructure operates without extensive use of information technology, and it is this very fact that makes our networks such a high priority target for adversaries.

The need for secure, self-aware, proactively managed defense mechanisms has never been more critical. Commercially available technologies, when combined with research and development done by both the government and the private sector, represent the best possible approach for combating the types of threats our critical infrastructure is facing today.

Monday - 08/02/2010, 12:34pm EDT
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US Passports still vulnerable to fraud

Posing as someone else and using fake birth certificates and driver's licenses to get a U.S. passport can still work. For the second time in two years, the GAO has found holes in the country's security by deliberately using fraudulent material to obtain passports. But the hole has gotten smaller. GAO's Greg Kutz joins us with details.

Monday - 08/02/2010, 10:31am EDT
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Senator hopes to bridge feds foreign language gap

A Senate panel probes the government's continued foreign language deficiencies. The Government Accountability Office finds limited progress across several agencies. DHS and DoD are taking steps to increase the number of employees with foreign language skills.

Friday - 07/30/2010, 06:29am EDT
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State hopes technology will better secure passport process

GAO found significant success in obtaining passports using fraudulent documents in the second investigation in two years. While State is implementing facial recognition technology to close the existing gaps, lawmakers are introducing new legislation to give the agency more security capabilities.

Thursday - 07/29/2010, 08:45pm EDT
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GAO: State's passport program vulnerable to fraud

WFED's Jason Miller reports.

Thursday - 07/29/2010, 05:05pm EDT
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State Department moves ahead with Facebook-style site

At the Excellence of Government Conference, the State Department's Richard Boly, director of the Office of e-Diplomacy, talks about ways to improve communication and transparency without adding cost or red-tape.

Monday - 07/19/2010, 10:08am EDT
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State to turn to contractors when DoD goes

If outsourcing is the answer, what should be the question? We hear from Commissioner Grant Green of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thursday - 07/15/2010, 10:31am EDT
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US lifts lid on alleged leak to WikiLeaks

State Department believes an alleged whistle-blower obtained secret diplomatic data.

Wednesday - 07/14/2010, 02:11pm EDT

U.S. contractor use in Iraq expected to rise

As the U.S. military pulls troops and equipment out of Iraq, the State Department will have to rely increasingly on contractors.

Tuesday - 07/13/2010, 01:22pm EDT

State Dept. guides staff on being diplomatic online

Get the details on what they can and can't do.

Tuesday - 07/13/2010, 01:04pm EDT

State department reaches out to Muslim communities

A new State department partnership will reach out to Muslim communities with education, employment, skills training and economic development aid

Friday - 07/09/2010, 09:40am EDT
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CIOs ponder change and vision on the job

Fourteen years ago, Congress passed the landmark Clinger-Cohen Act, creating the job of chief information officer in federal agencies. How has the job changed over the years, and what do today's CIOs think of their role?

Thursday - 07/01/2010, 06:37am EDT
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State Department honors three with 'constructive dissent' awards

The awards are designed to encourage Foreign Service officers to speak out.

Friday - 06/25/2010, 03:35pm EDT

State Department uses eDiplomacy for outreach

The agency, which began their eDiplomacy taskforce in 2002, wants to be able to connect their diplomats around the world. And they're using the power of the Internet to do it.

Thursday - 06/24/2010, 06:44pm EDT

Success with applied social networking at State

This week, host John Gilroy talks to Richard Boly, the force behind the State Department's Diplopedia.
June 22, 2010

Monday - 06/21/2010, 11:39am EDT
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Federal pay freeze proposal defeated

The Senate has rejected an attempt to freeze federal pay and the size of the government workforce. Also included in the defeated proposal was funding for a planned State Department security training facility.

Friday - 06/18/2010, 07:14am EDT

State Department is Skeptical

In spite of the billions of dollars the U.S. government has provided Iraq to train it's military forces, there is evidence still of deep concern about whether they can do it. The State Department is reportedly putting together a diplomatic protection force to take the place of the U.S. military once they leave the country next year. Department officials are asking the Pentagon to provide heavy military gear, including Black Hawk helicopters, and say they will also need substantial support from private contractors.

Wednesday - 06/16/2010, 07:02pm EDT

State partners to green diplomacy

Earth Day Network and the U.S. Department of State have developed the D.C. Forum for Greening Embassies so that foreign missions can exchange ideas on environmental issues and operational practices. Details from State Department's director of management policy, right sizing and innovation, Marguerite Coffey.

Friday - 06/11/2010, 10:40am EDT
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State Department using social media to meet mission

Diplomats need to work with the under-30 age group that is using Internet-based communication technology, State's Jared Cohen says.

Tuesday - 06/08/2010, 07:24pm EDT
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