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A new way to communicate and collaborate is coming soon to the State Department.
The State Department has international posts...and something called "Virtual Presence Posts." The program helps the Department work with key cities, regions, and countries without an American embassy or consulate building. The state department website says that most of their Virtual Presence Posts have their own online sites. That way, diplomats have a choice of travel, public outreach programs, media events, or online webchats to create a "virtual" presence to connect with local populations.
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The State Department Office of eDiplomacy is working to launch an internal networking site, tentatively called "StateBook", allowing employees to read open messages to and for each other. Office Director Richard Boly says the site will make it easy for State Department employees to identify other people's expertise - where they've worked before - helping them collaborate in a mobile workforce. StateBook is the latest program marking a change from a post-Cold War secrecy to a need to share information internally.
Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew on his agency's FY2011 request, including money for USAID.
Pakistani officials say a Filipino militant wanted by the United States was killed in an American drone strike earlier this month. Abdul Basit Usman was reportedly killed on Jan. 14 close to the Afghan border. The State Department's list of most-wanted terrorists identifies Usman as a bomb-making expert with links to the Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf militant group and the Southeast Asian Jemaah Islamiyah network.
Christmas Day underwear bomber should have been handed over to military, says one Senator.
Social media is helping the U.S. government with recovery and relief efforts in Haiti.
The Federal government has jumped into action after yesterday's earthquake in Haiti. The lead agencies for Federal response are USAID, working through the State Department; and the Defense Department.
CNN's Brian Todd brings us the latest.
Foreign language proficiency shortfalls in critical regions, such as the Near East and South and Central Asia, where about 40 percent of officers did not meet requirements, is just one of the staffing issues facing the Foreign Service Office.