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State Department opens doors to historic treasure trove

Every summer, the State Department closes its Diplomatic Reception Rooms to allow conservators to clean and repair the pieces in its extensive collection of historic artifacts. The rooms will reopen to the public on Sept. 9.

Tags: renovations , Diplomatic Reception Rooms , Marcee Craighill , diplomacy , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 03:11pm EDT

Ambassador John Berry checks in Down Under

Former OPM director introduces himself to his new Australian neighbors through State Department-produced video. Through Facebook comments, Aussies welcome new ambassador and spouse.

Tags: John Berry , Curtis Yee , Australia , people , OPM , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 09/19/2013, 03:52pm EDT

Obama nominates McKinsey consultant as deputy director for management

If confirmed by the Senate, Beth Cobert would become the DDM and lead the second term management agenda. Obama nominated deputy secretaries at VA and Education, and senior officials at the Navy and State.

Tags: people , management , OMB , Beth Cobert , Sylvia Burwell , Barack Obama , Steve VanRoekel , Sloan Gibson , VA , Jim Shelton , Education Department , Jo Ann Rooney , DoD , Navy , Heather Higginbottom , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/10/2013, 08:30pm EDT

State officials cleared in Benghazi security gaps

Four State Department officials have been cleared of security failures that led to an attack last year on a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, authorities said Tuesday.

Tags: Benghazi , terror attacks , Congress , Eric Boswell , Charlene Lamb , Raymond Maxwell , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Darrell Issa

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 01:38pm EDT

State's cybersecurity office 'ineffective,' 'inefficient'

A recent IG report said the State Department's Bureau of Information Resource Management's Office of Information Assurance lacks organization and lags in performance. The report made 32 recommendations for the office.

Tags: cybersecurity , inspector general , certification and assurance , IRM/IA , Bureau of Information Resource Management , William Lay , technology , oversight , Cogan Schneier

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 05:21am EDT

Gallup to pay millions to settle complaints of inflated contract prices

Polling and research firm Gallup will pay $10.5 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act and the Procurement Integrity Act. The government alleged Gallup knowingly inflated contract prices.

Tags: Timothy Cannon , Michael Lindley , U.S. Mint , Justice Department , False Claims Act , Gallup , acquisition , FEMA , Ronald C. Machen Jr. , Stuart F. Delery , Cogan Schneier , whistleblower

Monday - 07/15/2013, 06:42pm EDT

NIST to set standards for biometric recognition technology

In an effort to incorporate iris, facial and fingerprint recognition technologies across the government, the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee pressed the National Institute of Standards and Technology to set a date for the release of national biometric recognition standards.

Tags: technology , Congress , John Mica , Oversight and Reform Committee , Charles Romine , NIST , John Allen , FAA , Brenda Sprague , Melissa Dawkins

Friday - 06/21/2013, 05:10am EDT

No sequester furloughs at State Department

Despite budget cuts requiring most federal agencies to furlough workers, the State Department says it will not have to force any of its employees to take unpaid leave.

Tags: sequestration , furloughs , Patrick Kennedy

Friday - 05/03/2013, 04:50pm EDT
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