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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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Globe-hopping Hillary Clinton breaks travel record

If diplomatic achievements were measured by the number of countries visited, Hillary Rodham Clinton would be the most accomplished secretary of state in history.

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 02:28pm EDT

Sea Treaty all but dead, 34 GOP senators oppose

A treaty governing the high seas is all but dead in the Senate as two Republican senators announced their opposition Monday, giving conservative foes the necessary votes to scuttle the pact.

Monday - 07/16/2012, 03:53pm EDT

2012 Causey Awards Winner - Laura Williams

Laura Williams, an eDiplomacy liaison officer with the State Department's Bureau of Information Resources Management, was nominated for her work improving staffing in the agency's IT department.

Monday - 07/16/2012, 05:50am EDT
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DoD leads the way in student loan repayment program

DoD attracts and retains more employees through an increased involvement in the student loan repayment program.

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 07:22pm EDT

State CIO Swart stepping down for IMF post

Susan Swart, who has served as the State Department's chief information officer since 2008, is stepping down to become the CIO of the International Monetary Fund, according to an IMF release.

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 06:14pm EDT

America, Pakistan and never having to say sorry

Say you're sorry. That's what the Pakistani government says it wants from the United States in order to jump-start a number of initiatives between the two countries that would help the hunt for al-Qaida in Pakistan and smooth the end of the war in Afghanistan.

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 11:56am EDT

State employee coordinates help in overseas crises

Michelle Bernier-Toth is the managing director of Overseas Citizens Services in State's Bureau of Consular Affairs and a finalist for a Service to America Award.

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 08:35am EDT
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From DoD to State: Agencies break new contracting ground in Iraq

In a first-ever interview, key officials from the Departments of Defense and State responsible for planning the transition to a diplomatic-led mission in Iraq discuss how the two agencies coordinated one of the largest overseas logistical operations since World War II. The article is the first part in Federal News Radio's special report, Trial by Fire: Overseas Contracting in Transition, part of the series, Inside the World's Biggest Buyer.

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 04:29pm EDT
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Lynn McNulty, national security pioneer, dies

Lynn McNulty was the State Department's first director of information systems security. He also served as policy liaison between NIST, agencies and Congress.

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 10:24am EDT

Waste, fraud in Iraq put all eyes on DoD contracting

When the Defense Department began contingency contracting operations on a large-scale in Iraq in 2003 it was largely a trial by fire. Despite the best planning, DoD lacked the programs and practical solutions to handle the environment, officials say. Since then, commissions, panels and lawmakers have offered fixes and DoD has evolved to try to create "rock-solid" reforms. Federal News Radio examines these issues in the next part of our series, Inside the World's Biggest Buyer.

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 02:22pm EDT
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Contingency contracting a slowly turning tide, budget shows

The State Department's share of overseas contingency contracting has grown over the last few years as the department took on new activities and functions as the military departed Iraq. Still, the budget shows, the Defense Department is the main player in overseas contingency contracting. And there's no guarantee Congress won't turn to the foreign affairs budget in its efforts to dramatically reduce the deficit.

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 01:54pm EDT

State, CIA, FBI rank high as ideal employer, college students say

A survey of nearly 60,000 college students found some federal agencies rank high as ideal employers post-graduation.

Thursday - 05/24/2012, 09:44am EDT
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