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State Department News

Kirit Amin heads to Commerce as deputy CIO

Amin spent the last eight months as HUD's chief technology officer.

Friday - 11/09/2012, 11:49am EST

Obama turns attention to filling State, DoD leadership roles

Now that his re-election is secured, President Barack Obama has a freer hand to deal with a world of familiar problems in fresh ways, from toughening America's approach to Iran and Syria while potentially engaging other repressive countries such as Cuba and North Korea and refocusing on moribund Middle East peace efforts.

Thursday - 11/08/2012, 07:55am EST

Who will stay and who will go in Obama's second term?

President Barack Obama is gearing up for a second term in office, but some members of his Cabinet are on their way out, experts tell Federal News Radio. The legwork for these top- tier changes and others is already in motion behind-the-scenes.

Tuesday - 11/06/2012, 03:50pm EST
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Obama: Buck stops here on protecting U.S. diplomats

In the second presidential debate, President Barack Obama claimed that he was responsible for the safety of U.S. diplomats overseas and would fully investigate the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

Wednesday - 10/17/2012, 07:24am EDT

White House ponders a strike over Libya attack

Facing political pressure to respond forcefully to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, the White House is readying strike forces and drones. First, though, it must identify a target.

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 03:24am EDT

Yemen security official at US Embassy killed in Sanaa

Yemeni security officials say a gunman has assassinated a Yemeni security official at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa.

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 08:14am EDT

State Dept. reveals new details of Benghazi attack

Senior State Department officials on Tuesday revealed for the first time certain details of last month's tragedy in the former Libyan rebel stronghold, such as the efforts of a quick reaction force that rushed onto the scene and led the evacuation in a fierce gun battle that continued into the streets.

Wednesday - 10/10/2012, 02:17am EDT

House committee: Security requests denied in Libya

Despite two explosions and dozens of other security threats, U.S. officials in Washington turned down repeated pleas from American diplomats in Libya to increase security at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi where the U.S. ambassador was killed, Republican leaders of a House committee said Tuesday.

Tuesday - 10/02/2012, 05:53pm EDT

US diplomats in Beirut burning classified material

Diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut have started to destroy classified material as a security precaution amid anti-American protests in Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa.

Monday - 09/17/2012, 12:18pm EDT

US orders some diplomats out of Sudan, Tunisia

The State Department on Saturday ordered the departure of all family members and non-essential U.S. government personnel from its embassies in Sudan and Tunisia and warned U.S. citizens against any travel to the two countries due to security concerns over rising anti-American violence.

Sunday - 09/16/2012, 03:13am EDT

Obama condemns attack on U.S. ambassador to Libya

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton confirmed that U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith were killed in an attack yesterday on the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 08:14am EDT
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Clinton urges China to join in cybersecurity effort

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said both the United States and China are victims of increasingly frequent cyber attacks.

Thursday - 09/06/2012, 08:02am EDT

State employee devised diplomatic dispatch service during Arab Spring

Shane Morris overcame numerous obstacles during the Arab Spring uprisings to ensure that U.S. diplomats in the Middle East could securely dispatch and receive classified documents and equipment. She is a finalist for a Service to America Medal.

Friday - 08/24/2012, 11:27am EDT
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US: Missile defense for NKorea threat, not China

The United States is in discussions with close ally Japan about expanding a missile defense system in Asia, the top U.S. general said Thursday.

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 10:24pm EDT

Senators ask DoD to consider debarment for P&WC

Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) sent a letter to the Defense Secretary Panetta and Secretary of State Clinton asking them to consider further actions against contractor Pratt & Whitney Canada. P&WC pleaded guilty in June to illegally exporting military software to China.

Monday - 08/13/2012, 10:39am EDT

Court rules against State Dept. in age bias case

A divided appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that the State Department improperly dismissed a former employee solely because he turned 65.

Tuesday - 08/07/2012, 01:42pm EDT

DoD, State implement only fraction of wartime contracting recommendations

A new Government Accountability Office report found that three main actors in contingency contracting the Defense and State Departments and the U.S. Agency for International Development will likely only implement a fraction of the recommendations set out by the Commission on Wartime Contracting. The agencies have either determined their existing policies already address the commission's concerns or they disagreed with the recommendation in the first place, GAO found.

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 07:27pm EDT

State's Swart reflects on 23 years in federal IT

Susan Swart left the State Department for the International Monetary Fund CIO. She reflects on her successes and the change in federal technology.

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 09:36am EDT
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State's lack of middle managers risks diplomacy

The State Department has a gap in its work force. It has too few experienced, mid-level career foreign service employees. It's the result of several factors...and it's a serious problem.

Wednesday - 07/25/2012, 01:25pm EDT
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Sammies finalist uses new media to foster collaboration at State

Richard Boly, the director of the State Department's Office of eDiplomacy, is a finalist for the Service to America Medal.

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 03:39pm EDT
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