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State Department News

21st Century Statecraft add-on to traditional diplomacy

Social media has fundamentally changed the way people communicate — and that includes how the State Department communicates with foreign countries. Dubbed 21st Century Statecraft, the use of digital tools is a way for State to engage with other countries' government, listen to foreign citizens and promote national interests abroad.

Thursday - 01/12/2012, 11:20am EST
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Opportunities in federal construction despite cuts to building funds

Marco Giamberardino, senior director of the Associated General Contractors of America's federal and heavy construction division, outlines the winners and losers of the FY2012 budget for federal construction.

Thursday - 01/05/2012, 10:47am EST
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NY Rep. King: Iraq releases 3 security contractors

Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security announces release of three contractors held in Iraq for two weeks.

Wednesday - 12/28/2011, 02:28am EST

Military sorts through material from Iraq drawdown

Twila Gonzales, director of disposition services at Defense Logistics Agency, explains how the military decides what it should keep and what it should destroy from the material brought out of Iraq.

Friday - 12/23/2011, 01:07pm EST
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Obama fills key posts in State, Energy

President Obama said he intends to nominate key posts in the departments of State and Energy, according to a White House release.

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 09:35am EST

Three agencies make top 10 places to work for young people

Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief of Gov Exec, explains why these agencies are so appealing.

Tuesday - 11/15/2011, 07:24pm EST
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Amin drafts apology to foreign service officers at State

Kirit Amin, the departing chief information officer at the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs offers a "compete and sincere" apology to foreign service officers, who he derided in an interview this week with Federal News Radio. Amin says it is unfortunate that he shared private feelings in a public forum.

Friday - 10/07/2011, 06:33pm EDT

AFSA objects to Amin's characterization of Foreign Service

Daniel Hirsch, state vice president of AFSA, took exception to comments from Kirit Amin, the chief information officer of the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affair, about Foreign Service Officers.

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 07:35pm EDT

Foreign Service Association calls for program, not people, cuts

An organization representing Foreign Service members says cuts to the State Department's international affairs should come in programs and not people.

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 04:44pm EDT
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Foreign Service braces for budget cuts, the likelihood of USPS health plan proposal

Mike welcomes Susan Johnson of the American Foreign Service Association and Steve Losey and Sean Reilly of the Federal Times.
October 5, 2011

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 04:27pm EDT
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State's Amin leaving CIO role temporarily

Kirit Amin stepped down suddenly after four years as the CIO of the Bureau of Consular Affairs to take a 120-day reassignment with the State Department CIO. He decried "cronyism and nepotism" at the State Department and said the bureau has entered into bad contracts. "The duplication and waste in government is phenomenal, and I was not going to put up with that crap nor will I put up with contractors who will rip off the government," Amin told Federal News Radio.

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 05:22am EDT

Thanksgiving: Whose heads will roll?

The Thanksgiving turkeys delivered to the White House may have a much happier holiday than many federal workers, who could be getting a very big dose of bad news, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 02:00am EDT

Top 10 agencies with telework issues

How does your agency compare to others when it comes to allowing employees to telework? The latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey gives some insight.

Sunday - 10/02/2011, 08:55pm EDT

IT reforms moving to optimization stage

Nine months since OMB issued its 25-point plan to improve how agencies oversee technology, the tone is changing. Lisa Schlosser, the federal deputy CIO, said the goal is to make sure agencies are using their people, money and other resources as best as possible. Agencies are finding some early success with the IT reforms, especially around acquisition.

Friday - 09/23/2011, 06:14am EDT
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Future of Foreign Service

Ronald Neumann, former ambassador to Afghanistan, describes what must happen to build the next generation of the Foreign Service.

Monday - 09/12/2011, 08:12pm EDT
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After 9/11, State's embassies balance security and aesthetics

The Sept. 11 attacks came years after a mandate to standardize security at embassies worldwide. The result was prison-like structures. The State Department is now trying to make more embassies appear more attractive and inviting without sacrificing security.

Thursday - 09/08/2011, 02:01am EDT
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DoD tries to increase access to bases in Australia

There will not be new U.S. bases in Australia, but the department will have easier access to Australian facilities.

Tuesday - 09/06/2011, 05:48pm EDT

Sammies finalist helped create U.S.-Russian nuclear treaty

Paul Dean drafted portions of a new treaty that would help them get on the same page. Dean is an attorney-adviser in the Department of State's office of the Legal Adviser.

Tuesday - 09/06/2011, 05:45pm EDT
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Muslim feds faced discrimination, saw an opportunity

The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks turned all eyes on Muslims in America. Those who worked for the federal government were attacked in the blogosphere and worried about being scapegoated or simply misunderstood. But they also saw an opportunity.

Tuesday - 09/06/2011, 05:30am EDT
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Report: Widespread waste, fraud in war spending

As much as $60 billion in U.S. funds has been lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade through lax oversight of contractors, poor planning and payoffs to warlords and insurgents, an independent panel investigating U.S. wartime spending estimates.

Tuesday - 08/30/2011, 07:00pm EDT
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