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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.

Tags: Shane Morris , diplomacy , Service to America Medal , In Depth , management , Arab Spring

Friday - 08/24/2012, 11:27am EDT
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Lawmakers press UN agency over tech shipments

Two lawmakers are angrily reacting to what they say is a lack of cooperation from a U.N. agency that may have sent computers and other technology to Iran and North Korea in possible violation of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

Tags: Illeana Ros-Lehtinen , Howard Berman , United Nations , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , House Foreign Affairs Committee , Congress , Federal Drive

Monday - 07/16/2012, 06:32pm 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.

Tags: Laura Williams , eDiplomacy , information technology , staffing , Causey Awards

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.

Tags: DoJ , DoD , management , best practices , hiring , retention , Keith BieryGolick , John Berry , Federal Drive , DoD Report

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

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.

Tags: Hillary Clinton , DoD , contracting , contingency contracting , budget , Congress , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Jack Moore

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

Tags: Dov Zakheim , Jacques Gansler , Alan Chvotkin , Gary Motsek , John Tierney , Harold McAlduff , Defense Acquisition University , DoD , acquisition , contracting , Commission on Wartime Contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 02:22pm EDT
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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.

Tags: Service to America Awards , Sammies , Michelle Bernier Toth , In Depth

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.

Tags: DoD , contingency contracting , Iraq , Catherine Ebert-Gray , Gary Motsek , acquisition , contracting , Iraq drawdown , Commission on Wartime Contracting , SIGIR , LOGCAP , Tommy Marks

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 04:29pm EDT
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Feds' satisfaction with pay dips after two-year freeze

Federal employees were less satisfied with their pay after the two-year pay freeze went into effect in 2010, according to a report by the Partnership for Public Service. Although higher-ranking feds were most satisfied with their pay, the highest-ranking feds those at the SES level had the biggest dip in pay satisfaction over the previous year.

Tags: pay and benefits , workforce , FDIC , NASA , NRC , OPM , EPA , GSA , SBA , SSA , education , DoT , Labor , TSA

Tuesday - 05/29/2012, 08:00pm EDT
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