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2:16 pm, January 31, 2015

State Department News

DHS 'aces' plain writing report; State, Interior score 'incompletes'

The Center for Plain Language issued its annual plain language report cards Tuesday, with the Homeland Security Department, Social Security Administration and Security Exchange Commission earning top scores.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 06:16pm EST

Ryan Crocker, Texas A&M University

A greater diplomatic presence in potential conflict spots will save the country from military action. That presence depends on growing the collaboration between the diplomatic community, the intelligence community and the military community. Ryan Crocker is dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and others. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said diplomats should be equal partners with their colleagues across government.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 04:30pm EST
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Matthew Asada, State Vice President, Foreign Service Association

Federal linguists are finding themselves in a Catch-22 situation. They become experts in another culture and language by spending a lot of time living in another country. But spending a lot of time outside of the United States can make their security lives more difficult. Matthew Asada is State vice president of the American Foreign Service Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the obstacles a federal linguist faces when trying to advance a career.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 04:17pm EST
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DoD loses key IT exec; two formers are lured back to government

Long-time and well-respected cybersecurity executive Mark Orndorff is calling it a government career on Jan. 31.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 02:46pm EST

Improving the user experience on your agency's website

Tim McLaughlin, CEO of Sitework, will discuss how his company is helping agencies make their websites more user friendly.
December 23, 2014

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 08:34pm EST
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Don Kettl, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

After 50 years of stepping on its neck, now the United States is preparing to normalize relations with Cuba. President Barack Obama's wide-ranging diplomatic bet involves finance, trade, border security and travel. That means it will spark a lot of work for you, your employees and contractors. Don Kettl, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the implications.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:04am EST
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Several US government buildings lose power

Several US government buildings lose power because of transformer, construction troubles

Monday - 12/15/2014, 01:54pm EST

Wishful FISMA thinking

What could be the last set of the mostly dreaded annual Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) reports are arriving from agency inspector generals.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:23am EST

Paul Davies, Diplomatic Security Chief, State Department

Two years after Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in a terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, training for the Diplomatic Security Service has undergone a thorough overhaul. The training course for high threat posts is now 10 weeks instead of five, and it's so realistic trainees might forget they're actually on a military base in Virginia. Paul Davies, Diplomatic Security Chief for High Threat Training at the State Department, spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:59am EST
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Dems demand answers in State Dept. cyber-attack

A House oversight committee demanded answers Monday about a suspected cyber-attack that has shut down the State Department's unclassified email system.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 06:50pm EST

State Dept computers hacked, email shut down

Unclassified State Department computer system hacked, email shut down

Monday - 11/17/2014, 05:50pm EST

Julia Ziegler, Mike O'Connell, Federal News Radio

From working at orphanages to helping injured dogs, federal employees and their families stationed overseas are going above-and-beyond by volunteering. Six individuals have been recognized for their exemplary service with Secretary of State Awards for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad. Web Editors Mike O'Connell and Julia Ziegler attended the ceremonies and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 08:30am EST
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Foreign Service members honored for volunteer efforts abroad

From helping dogs in India find new homes in the U.S. to obtaining shoes for a school of Bulgarian children, award-winning volunteers help Foreign Service transform "tea and crumpets" image.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 05:42pm EST

Improving the user experience on your agency's website

Tim McLaughlin, CEO of Sitework, will discuss how his company is helping agencies make their websites more user friendly.
September 30, 2014

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 08:34pm EDT
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It happened to me: Diplomats recount stories of crisis and survival

Diane Dillard picked up the pieces of the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon after it was bombed in 1983. Ambassador Bill Brown found himself at the heart of a Soviet Union spy scandal. And John Limbert survived the infamous 444-day Iran hostage crisis. In the inaugural edition of Federal News Radio's new feature, Federal Voices, we hear from each of them, in their own words, about what those experiences were really like and how they survived to tell the tale.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

The US to stand by Iraq

The U.S. has promised to stand by Iraq as its new leaders appealed for help in facing the deadly insurgency from ISIL. Secretary of State John Kerry made the pledges during a daylong visit to Baghdad, just as President Barack Obama prepared to outline his strategy for defeating the Islamic State militant group.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 08:54am EDT

Thomas Boyatt, Former US Ambassador to Colombia

The State Department has five career tracks for its foreign service officers. The agency has online resources to make it easy for potential new employees to jump into one of those careers, but the biggest hurdle to finding new officers could be one the State Department can't control. Thomas Boyatt is former U.S. ambassador to Colombia. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the difficulty of recruiting new officers.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Airstrikes in Libya

Despite U.S. warnings, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya. This comes three years after the killing of Libyan dictator Muamar Ghadafi and U.S. efforts to try to stabilize the country. "Outside interference in Libya exacerbates current divisions and undermines Libya's democratic transition," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said to reporters.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 12:26pm EDT

Bob Silverman, President, American Foreign Service Association

One of the toughest jobs in the State Department these days might be ambassador to Russia. That job was conferred just days ago on veteran career diplomat John Tefft. He arrives in Moscow when tensions between Russia and the United States are as high as they've been since the Cold War. Bob Silverman is president of the American Foreign Service Association. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how Tefft will have to go about his job.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 02:33pm EDT
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Gandomi plays key role in U.S. efforts to counter African extremist group

U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Scott DeLisi said the State Department's Jonathan Gamdoni worked on the frontlines in coordinating efforts to counter The Lord's Resistance Army.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 12:49pm EDT
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