Mike Pompeo

FILE - This May 25, 2021, file photo shows a U.S. Passport cover in Washington. Americans hoping to travel abroad this summer may have to delay their plans if they need new or renewed passports. The State Department said Wednesday that the wait for a passport is now between 12 weeks and 18 weeks, even if you pay for expedited processing. That’s because of ripple effects from the coronavirus pandemic that caused extreme disruptions to the process at domestic issuance facilities and overseas embassies and consulates.  (AP Photo/Eileen Putman, File)

State Dept. staffing surge won’t address passport backlog ‘overnight,’ union warns

Lawmakers are pressing the State Department to move more aggressively to address a backlog of as many as 2 million pending passport applications.

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(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, file photo, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria. Blinken is the leading contender to become President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team's planning. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

State Dept seeks to overcome ‘stunning loss of expertise’ from Trump hiring freeze

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State Department, Washington, D.C. (Getty Images/Tom Brakefield)reopening

State Dept. moves to phase two reopening in DC area amid workforce concerns

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 State Department, agency officials awarded the Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad

Foreign Service volunteers awarded for ‘quintessentially American’ efforts abroad

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Amid pending reorganization efforts, State Dept. launches new training, awards

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U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo shake hands with former Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger at the Department's 230th anniversary celebration at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on July 29, 2019. [State Department photo by Ron Przysucha/Public Domain]

Pompeo rallies State Department workforce on ‘professional ethos’ as agency turns 230

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised to bring “swagger” back to the agency last year. Now, as the agency celebrates its 230th anniversary, he calls…

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House Committee chairman wants investigation into Border Patrol Facebook group

In today’s Federal Newscast, House Homeland Security Committee chairman Bennie Thompson wants the IG to find out if CBP leadership knew about a secret…

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Chris Van Hollen

Senators hope to eliminate federal retirement cuts from budget resolution

In today’s Federal Newscast, three Senate Democrats want to take federal retirement cuts off the table in the proposed 2020 budget resolution.

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