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More investment needed in U.S. diplomatic ranks

Under-investment has left the US Foreign Service overstretched and under prepared. Ambassador Robert Beecroft explains some of the challenges that has left behind.

Tags: Federal Drive , smart power , diplomacy , management , American Academy of Diplomacy , Robert M. Beecroft , Suzanne Kubota

Monday - 03/14/2011, 10:41am EDT
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OIG reviews social media use at embassies

The Office of the Inspector General at the State Department examined social media use in 22 foreign embassies.

Tags: OIG , social media , technology , Diplopundit , Dorobek Insider , Must Reads

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 04:57pm EST

GAO: State could get more bang out of training buck

Jess Ford, the director of International Affairs and Trade Issues at the GAO, explains how State can better invest in training.

Tags: Jess Ford , GAO , training , budget , management , Foreign Service , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 04:14pm EST
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SIGIR: State's not ready to take over in Iraq

Stuart Bowen told Congress the State Department is far from ready to take over the occupation of the country from the US military. We talk to him about that conclusion.

Tags: Federal Drive , SIGIR , Stuart Bowen , Congress , Iraq

Friday - 03/04/2011, 10:08am EST
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Many agencies are not under a hiring freeze

Federal News Radio surveyed 10 agencies to find out how they are preparing for a shutdown, and how operating under a continuing resolution is affecting their operations.

Tags: management , pay and benefits , shutdown , OMB , SBA , Transportation , GPO , HUD , Justice , NASA , Commerce , Energy , NRC , DoT , hiring freeze , John Buckner

Thursday - 03/03/2011, 07:46pm EST

Agencies figuring out how to take network vitals

OMB mandated departments implement continuous monitoring of their cyber networks by 2012. Part of meeting that goal is understanding what hardware and software currently reside on the computing backbone.

Tags: technology , contracting , Roger Baker , Bobbie Stempfley , Mike Krieger , Donna Dodson , Army , VA , DHS , NIST , GSA , cybersecurity , continuous monitoring , Cyberscope , SmartBUY , Jason Miller

Friday - 02/25/2011, 07:58am EST
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VOA Web site hit by Iranian hackers

A group of computer hackers hijacked websites run by the Voice of America this week, sending its online traffic to an Internet website claimed to be run by the Iranian Cyber Army.

Tags: Federal Drive , Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , VOA , Iran , Iranian Cyber Army

Wednesday - 02/23/2011, 09:30am EST

Tech@State opens up for Open Source

The Open Source movement has opened a window for rapid development and implementation of technological solutions in the government space, but there are unresolved issues. State's Paul Swider tells us about a recent conference to address some of those issues.

Tags: Federal Drive , technology , open source , Paul Swider , new media

Wednesday - 02/16/2011, 10:41am EST
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State tweets in Arabic, Farsi as protests expands

Collaboration tools like Twitter have allowed agencies to communicate directly with constituents. For the State Department this week, the constituents have been the people and governments in the Arab world.

Tags: Collaboration Center , technology , Twitter , social media , Egypt , Arabic , Farsi , protests , collaboration tools , digital diplomacy

Monday - 02/14/2011, 08:58pm EST
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