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State Dept rainy day fund for passports took hit from COVID-19, may take years to recover

A rainy day fund at the State Department meant to help cover its passport and visa operations took a hit from COVID-19 and may take years to recover, even…

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This State Department IT project started in 2009 and it’s nowhere near finished

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(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)FILE  - This Aug. 10, 2006, file photo shows the sign used as the backdrop for press briefings at the U.S. Department of State in Washington. More of the first volunteers are starting to trickle back to their desks at federal agencies in the coronavirus lockdown. In the third month after Americans began sheltering in place and worksites began closing, the Energy Department says the first voluntary returns of a small number of headquarters workers began Monday. The State Department and Agriculture Department also have some workers returning to job places this month. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak. File)

IG links State Dept. staffing issues to delays in decade-long IT modernization project

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State Dept. looks to resume ‘normal operations’ at passport agencies within 6-8 weeks

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In this May 9, 2017 photo, U.S. passports lie on a table in Dallas, Texas. The U.S. State Department is in the middle of a record year for processing passport applications, with 20.5 million renewals and applications for new passports expected. Adult U.S. passports must be renewed every 10 years, and the 2017 surge comes a decade after a law went into effect requiring passports for U.S. citizens traveling to Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)

State Dept outlines plan to reopen passport facilities with ‘limited staff’

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