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3:22 pm, October 25, 2014

State Department News

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

US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said "free-wheeling militia violence" prompted the move.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 09:43am EDT

The success of women worldwide rests in holding political offices

On this week's Women of Washington radio show, Stephenie Foster discusses how women can work on parity in the political realm.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 06:10pm EDT

Jonathan Gandomi, Former Field Representative, State Department

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. For the next few months, Federal News Radio is speaking to the finalists. As a diplomat, you don't seek out the easy life. Jonathan Gandomi was the State Department's field representative for the Counter-Lord's Resistance Army Mission. He spent two years on an assignment that has frustrated the world, ridding Africa of one of its oldest and most brutal extremist groups. Gandomi joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss his experience in Africa that led to his 2014 Sammies nomination. View a photo gallery of all the Sammies finalists. Read a Q&A and related story.

Monday - 07/14/2014, 06:34am EDT
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State on path toward recovery after harsh IG report on cyber

Bill Lay, the State Department's chief information security officer, said his budget for cybersecurity doubled in 2014 to help address the recommendations outlined by the agency's inspector general.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 02:07pm EDT

Bridget Roddy, Program Manager, State Department

The barriers for hiring interns are getting lower. Nowadays, you don't even have to give them a desk. The State Department is recruiting students from around the world to serve as virtual interns at several agencies. The students do real projects but sometimes from half a world away. Program Manager Bridget Roddy joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the Virtual Student Foreign Service Program.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 10:22am EDT
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Corey Rindner, Procurement Executive, State Department

The State Department stands out among agencies cracking down on bad contractors. In 2009, it took just eight suspension or debarment actions. Last year, it reported 96. Corey Rindner is the procurement executive and suspension and debarment official at the State Department. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what debarment and suspension are and are not.

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 10:18am EDT
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Paul Bremer, Former Ambassador to Iraq

Maybe the United States was never really finished in Iraq. Regardless, events of the past two weeks have returned that nation to a front and center position for Congress and the administration. Paul Bremer was U.S. Presidential envoy to Iraq in 2003 and 2004. A career diplomat, he was thrust into the spotlight as temporary head of the Iraqi government after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Most of the questions this week have been about military options now that the government is under threat. Bremer joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how this situation affects the State Department both here and in Baghdad.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:27am EDT
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Browne's efforts alter view of drug addiction treatment, prevention worldwide

Over a three-decade career, State Department employee Thomas Browne has changed the way the U.S. and 70 countries across the world view drug addiction, treatment and prevention.

Monday - 06/02/2014, 12:49pm EDT

Thomas Browne, deputy director of the Office of Anti-Crime Programs, State Department

The Service to America medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. Federal News Radio will be speaking to finalists. A colleague describes him as the world's leading expert on drug-addiction treatment and prevention. As the deputy director of the State Department's anti-crime programs, Thomas Brown has helped shape drug treatment in 70 countries. He's a finalist in the career achievement category of the 2014 Sammies awards. Read a Q&A with Thomas Browne.

Monday - 06/02/2014, 10:41am EDT
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Boko Haram, Benghazi, and the Mexican drug war

Mark Schroeder and Fred Burton from Stratfor, will give us an update on terrorist activities around the world, and the latest news on the Mexican drug war.
May 30, 2014

Friday - 05/30/2014, 08:11pm EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: FedBizOpps contractor admits to hacking

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities.

Friday - 05/23/2014, 06:10pm EDT
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Insider threat programs must find the right 'trust but verify' balance

NSA, State and nearly every other agency are developing "fixes" to protect unauthorized employees from taking data. Experts say employees need to understand why the rules are in place and how they benefit both the organization and worker. OMB says one way to improve the situation is by reducing the number of federal employees with security clearances-an initiative that already is underway.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 03:56am EDT
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Sascha Meinrath, New America Foundation

Security breaches in government and the private sector show that no network is completely safe. Now with funding from the State Department and USAID, the New America Foundation is promoting the idea of what it calls mesh networks small, home-built communications systems that don't rely on the Internet. Sascha Meinrath is the founder of the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive and said the networks can support things like phone service, file sharing, and instant messaging.

Monday - 05/19/2014, 09:42am EDT
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