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State Department News

State officials cleared in Benghazi security gaps

Four State Department officials have been cleared of security failures that led to an attack last year on a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, authorities said Tuesday.

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 01:38pm EDT

State's cybersecurity office 'ineffective,' 'inefficient'

A recent IG report said the State Department's Bureau of Information Resource Management's Office of Information Assurance lacks organization and lags in performance. The report made 32 recommendations for the office.

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 05:21am EDT

DoD, State see light at end of wartime contracting reform tunnel

In responding to a list of wartime contracting changes Congress ordered last year, agencies cited many advances, but acknowledge challenges remain. Recent audits show major problems in how the Defense and State departments, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, continue to spend billions of dollars in Afghanistan.

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 05:54am EDT
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Gallup to pay millions to settle complaints of inflated contract prices

Polling and research firm Gallup will pay $10.5 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act and the Procurement Integrity Act. The government alleged Gallup knowingly inflated contract prices.

Monday - 07/15/2013, 06:42pm EDT

Obama nominee questioned on Clinton, Benghazi

Obama Europe envoy choice faces questions about Clinton's record on Benghazi

Friday - 07/12/2013, 11:38am EDT

State Department bureau spent thousands for Facebook fans

A recent report from the Office of Inspector General found a State Department bureau paid $630,000 to boost its number of Facebook friends.

Wednesday - 07/03/2013, 04:22pm EDT

State Department utilizing college talent virtually

The State Department is enlisting digital- and media-savvy college students to complete short- and long-term diplomacy tasks remotely.

Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 04:43pm EDT

NIST to set standards for biometric recognition technology

In an effort to incorporate iris, facial and fingerprint recognition technologies across the government, the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee pressed the National Institute of Standards and Technology to set a date for the release of national biometric recognition standards.

Friday - 06/21/2013, 05:10am EDT

State Dept. eyes probe process after complaints

State Department reviews misconduct probe process after complaints of improper interference

Tuesday - 06/11/2013, 05:30pm EDT

Gunfire at Caracas strip club hurts 2 US officials

Two officials from the U.S. Embassy suffered gunshot wounds early Tuesday during an altercation at a strip club in Venezuela's crime-ridden capital, police and U.S. State Department officials said.

Wednesday - 05/29/2013, 08:45am EDT

US diplomat ordered to leave Russia in spy case

The FSB, the successor agency to the Soviet-era KGB, identified the diplomat as Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, detaining him briefly overnight.

Wednesday - 05/15/2013, 08:21am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: The CIO shuffle continues; the last E-gov benefits report?

News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

Monday - 05/13/2013, 06:14am EDT

Former US official describes Libya attack

Former US official in Tripoli describes confusion, call with Clinton during Benghazi attack

Thursday - 05/09/2013, 10:32am EDT

No sequester furloughs at State Department

Despite budget cuts requiring most federal agencies to furlough workers, the State Department says it will not have to force any of its employees to take unpaid leave.

Friday - 05/03/2013, 04:50pm EDT

State Department hits Raytheon with $8M penalty

The American defense company Raytheon has agreed to an $8 million settlement for violating U.S. arms control regulations.

Tuesday - 04/30/2013, 09:00pm EDT

Charge disclosed in Cuban spying against US

Charge in Cuban spy case unsealed, accusing ex-State Dept. officer of conspiracy

Friday - 04/26/2013, 03:48pm EDT

Dad says diplomat had passion for foreign affairs

Anne Smedinghoff had a quiet ambition and displayed a love of global affairs from an early age, joining the U.S. Foreign Service straight out of college and volunteering for missions in perilous locations worldwide.

Monday - 04/08/2013, 04:16am EDT

Tweet about 'Daily Show' boomerangs on US Embassy

US Embassy in Cairo tweets, then deletes, link to 'Daily Show' comments that offend Egyptians

Thursday - 04/04/2013, 11:24am EDT

6 months post-Benghazi, Obama taps new Libya envoy

President Barack Obama nominated a new ambassador to Libya on Wednesday, filling a post that has been vacant since Chris Stevens was killed in the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack and signaling the United States' commitment to the North African country as it undergoes a perilous transition from decades of dictatorship.

Wednesday - 03/13/2013, 01:57pm EDT

What's ahead for U.S. foreign service workers?

Daniel Hirsch, state vice president of the American Foreign Service Association, discusses the issues affecting government employees who are working overseas.
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