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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.
March 7, 2013

Thursday - 03/07/2013, 09:43pm EST
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Coburn calls for partial federal job freeze as sequestration nears

The Republican senator from Oklahoma is asking the Office of Management and Budget to require agencies to stop hiring for certain positions. Instead, he would like that funding put towards mission critical jobs that could be affected by sequestration cuts. Coburn, the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, found 10 jobs listed on USAJobs.gov that he believes could be frozen. He says this would give agencies $1.4 million to spend on positions like border security officers and TSA screeners.

Monday - 02/25/2013, 03:03pm EST

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.
February 22, 2013

Friday - 02/22/2013, 09:43pm EST
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Senate passes bill to improve embassy security

By voice vote, the Senate passed the bipartisan measure that would give the department the authority to use surplus funds that are no longer needed in Iraq, where the United States has scaled back operations. The bill now goes to the House.

Tuesday - 02/05/2013, 07:49am EST

John Kerry to address colleagues at State Dept.

New Secretary of State John Kerry will be introducing himself to his agency's employees Monday after spending much of the weekend making connections with leaders around the world.

Monday - 02/04/2013, 03:13am EST

Clinton out, Kerry in as secretary of state

Hillary Rodham Clinton formally resigned Friday as America's secretary of state, capping a four-year tenure that saw her shatter records for the number of countries visited. John Kerry was sworn in to replace her.

Friday - 02/01/2013, 05:02pm EST

Senate confirms Kerry nomination for State Dept.

The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed President Barack Obama's choice of five-term Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state, with Republicans and Democrats praising him as the ideal successor to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Tuesday - 01/29/2013, 07:05pm EST

Kerry tackles questions on Iran, Syria, Hagel

Sen. John Kerry, President Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of state, collected pledges of support Thursday and testified at his confirmation hearing that U.S. foreign policy should be defined by a helping hand as well as military strength.

Thursday - 01/24/2013, 08:07pm EST

53 senators urge approval of Keystone XL pipeline

More than half the Senate on Wednesday urged quick approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ramping up pressure on President Barack Obama to move ahead with the project just days after he promised in his inaugural address to respond vigorously to the threat of climate change.

Wednesday - 01/23/2013, 05:44pm EST

Defiant Clinton takes on lawmakers on Libya attack

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered fiery rejoinders Wednesday to Republican critics of the Obama administration's handling of the deadly attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, facing off with lawmakers who included potential 2016 presidential rivals.

Wednesday - 01/23/2013, 04:59pm EST

Obama officially signs Cabinet nominations

Minutes after his inauguration speech Monday, President Barack Obama signed documents officially submitting top administration nominations to the Senate.

Monday - 01/21/2013, 03:10pm EST

New era of social media pushes agencies toward data, away from platforms

GSA, State and the Air Force are starting to see the benefits of using social media data to improve services and not focusing so much on how it's delivered. Challenges and contests are examples of this information-centric approach. But the dependence on and acceptance of social media platforms is growing across nearly every agency.

Thursday - 01/10/2013, 05:34am EST

Obama Cabinet shuffle taking shape

The composition of President Barack Obama's second term Cabinet became clearer Wednesday, with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigning and three other members of the president's team deciding to stay on amid concerns about diversity in Obama's inner circle.

Wednesday - 01/09/2013, 09:49pm EST

Clinton 'thrilled' to be back at work

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she is "thrilled to be back" at work after a month-long absence due to illness, a concussion and a blood clot near her brain. But she says she is looking forward to leaving the job as America's top diplomat and taking a break for at least "a little while."

Wednesday - 01/09/2013, 11:01am EST

In case involving Gallup, man to plead guilty

A former Federal Emergency Management Agency employee intends to plead guilty in a criminal case alleging that he helped secure federal funds for The Gallup Organization while he was negotiating to go to work for the polling firm, his lawyer said Thursday.

Thursday - 01/03/2013, 06:04pm EST

How to improve federal security

Karen Evans, partner at KE&T Partners LLC, and Julie Anderson, chief operating officer and managing director for the Civitas Group discuss what you can do to reduce the risk of cyber attacks at your agency.
January 1, 2013

Tuesday - 01/01/2013, 09:35pm EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 21, 2012

NORAD fills us in on how it's tracking Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. David Berteau of the Center for Strategic and International studies reviews the State Department's rough week. Ed Hardy of Brighthand.com talks about a good move by the maker of BlackBerry. Dr. Jacques Gansler of the University of Maryland discusses the acquisition challenges the government will be facing in the coming years.

Friday - 12/21/2012, 11:16am EST

Lawmakers, State officials tangle over Libya raid

The State Department on Thursday acknowledged major weaknesses in security and errors in judgment exposed in a scathing independent report on the deadly Sept. 11 assault on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. Two top State officials appealed to Congress to fully fund requests to ensure diplomats and embassies are safe.

Thursday - 12/20/2012, 04:47pm EST

On foreign policy, Kerry is Obama's good soldier

Democratic Sen. John Kerry stands tall as President Barack Obama's good soldier.

Monday - 12/17/2012, 08:45am EST
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