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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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Clinton: US hacked Yemeni al-Qaida sites

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says U.S. cyber experts hacked al-Qaida propaganda online in Yemen, changing ads that bragged about killing Americans into ads that showed the death toll of al-Qaida attacks against Yemenis.

Wednesday - 05/23/2012, 08:45pm EDT

IG offices thrive despite lack of permanent leadership

Ten agencies do not have Senate-confirmed inspectors generals. Four have been waiting for more than 1,000 days for a nomination or confirmation. But House lawmakers found that agencies without a permanent IG still are making a lot of progress in rooting out waste, fraud and abuse.

Friday - 05/11/2012, 05:46am EDT
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State to offer guidance to Secret Service overseas

Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy said told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp the State Department will be offering its experience and guidance to Secret Service employees when they are working in foreign countries.

Tuesday - 05/01/2012, 12:58pm EDT
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Feds rank leadership low in annual survey

The Partnership for Public Service took a closer look at the data from the 2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and discovered that feds aren't too happy with their leaders. Senior leaders especially received low rankings from federal employees.

Thursday - 04/26/2012, 09:09am EDT

Exclusive: State's Toler joins DHS to run network resilience office

Danny Toler becomes the second State Department official to go to the Homeland Security Department's Office of Cybersecurity and Communications since January. He also is the second high ranking official to join DHS in the last week.

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 07:54pm EDT

NASA seeks innovations for space waste

NASA is looking for ways to re-purpose waste in space, and the space agency is turning to innovators to come up with some ideas.

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 08:57am EDT
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State Dept. competition expands horizons of social networking

A contest sponsored by the State Department mobilized people online to find and photograph three individual (fictional) criminal suspects in five global cities in just 12 hours.

Monday - 04/09/2012, 05:22am EDT
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Video gaming inspires new tools at State

The technology is based on Microsoft's Kinect, used in the XBox video gaming system, and now it's the basis of new tools developed by the State Department's Office of eDiplomacy. State showcased their innovation this week at the FOSE Conference in Washington.

Thursday - 04/05/2012, 03:18pm EDT

Most State Dept. offices reopen as fire cleanup continues

Workers continue to assess the damage and clean up after a fire that took place Tuesday at a State Department complex in Washington, D.C. Most employees can return to their offices today and an on-site child care center has reopened.

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 09:52am EDT

Some offices remain closed following State Department fire

A fire on the fifth floor of a State Department building in Washington Tuesday caused enough damage that several offices will be closed today and possibly longer.

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 09:42am EDT

Bill aims to overhaul wartime contracting

New legislation aims to implement some recommendations of the Commission on Wartime Contracting. Includes provisions that would automatically suspend contractors accused of wrongdoing in overseas contingency scenarios.

Friday - 03/02/2012, 05:09am EST
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Budget constraints challenge State's continued presence in Middle East

The fiscal 2013 budget leaves uncertainty about U.S. operations in Iraq, as the mission shifts from the Defense Department to the State Department.

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 09:52am EST
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Discretionary Budget Authority 2008-2013

A look at the discretionary budget authority for Cabinet-level agencies from 2008-2013.

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 02:19am EST

State, DoD establish personnel exchange program

Andrew Shapiro, the assistant Secretary of State for political and military affairs, explained the significance of the MOU.

Thursday - 02/02/2012, 09:02am EST
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Counterterrorism bureau plays greater role in homeland security

The counterterrorism office in the State Department has been upgraded to a full-fledged. It's part of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's goal of greater smart power capability.

Monday - 01/30/2012, 09:22am EST
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How does State's online-service strategy handle security?

Brenda Sprague, the deputy assistant secretary for Passport Services at the State Department, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss a new pilot program allowing people to apply for passport cards online.

Thursday - 01/26/2012, 05:10pm EST
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