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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

Kerry, Hagel front-runners to lead State, Defense

Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who unsuccessfully sought the presidency in 2004 and has pined for the job of top diplomat, vaulted to the head of President Barack Obama's short list of secretary of state candidates after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice suddenly withdrew from consideration to avoid a contentious confirmation fight with emboldened Republicans.

Friday - 12/14/2012, 02:44pm EST

Embattled Rice bows out; Kerry new front-runner

Susan Rice, the embattled U.N. ambassador, abruptly withdrew from consideration to be the next secretary of state on Thursday after a bitter, weekslong standoff with Republican senators who declared they would fight to defeat her nomination.

Friday - 12/14/2012, 01:17am EST

State Department seeks advice on new name for blog

The State Department is redesigning its official blog and wants help in choosing a successor for the oft-maligned name DipNote.

Friday - 12/07/2012, 01:14pm EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 6, 2012

Kathleen Frisbee talks about mobile efforts at the Veterans Health Administration. Richard Buangan of the State Department talks about an agency Twitter account that tweets off-message. Ticora Jones discusses new development labs built with seed money from USAID.

Thursday - 12/06/2012, 09:43am EST

Partisan split over UN Ambassador Rice widens

Republicans continue to argue that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice is unfit to be secretary of state. Democrats say the criticism is unfair.

Monday - 12/03/2012, 03:34am EST

Obama defense pick could come sooner than expected

President Barack Obama could name his next defense secretary in December, far sooner than expected and perhaps in a high-powered package announcement with his choice for secretary of state.

Friday - 11/30/2012, 05:25pm EST

Prosecutors: Agent was aggressor in fatal shooting

A State Department special agent charged with murder in the shooting of a man at a fast-food restaurant in Waikiki last year spent the night bar-hopping and drinking before going to the restaurant, prosecutors said.

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 01:34pm EST

Obama may get chance to end Benghazi PR disaster

The White House could finally have its chance to close the books on its Benghazi public relations disaster, as key Republicans signal they might not stand in the way of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to become the next secretary of state.

Monday - 11/26/2012, 07:23am EST
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