• State Department utilizing college talent virtually

    The State Department is enlisting digital- and media-savvy college students to complete short- and long-term diplomacy tasks remotely.

  • Inside the Reporter’s Notebook: The CIO shuffle continues; the last E-gov benefits report?

    News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

  • Senate passes bill to improve embassy security

    By voice vote, the Senate passed the bipartisan measure that would give the department the authority to use surplus funds that are no longer needed in Iraq, where the United States has scaled back operations. The bill now goes to the House.

  • New era of social media pushes agencies toward data, away from platforms

    GSA, State and the Air Force are starting to see the benefits of using social media data to improve services and not focusing so much on how it’s delivered. Challenges and contests are examples of this information-centric approach. But the dependence on and acceptance of social media platforms is growing across nearly every agency.

  • Who will stay and who will go in Obama’s second term?

    President Barack Obama is gearing up for a second term in office, but some members of his Cabinet are on their way out, experts tell Federal News Radio. The legwork for these top- tier changes and others is already in motion behind-the-scenes.

  • Federal Drive interviews – Nov. 2

    Justice IG Michael Horowitz shares findings about what happens to illegal immigrants before they go to immigration court. Plus, how are postal employees faring on the East Coast after superstorm Sandy?

  • Yemen security official at US Embassy killed in Sanaa

    Yemeni security officials say a gunman has assassinated a Yemeni security official at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa.

  • Federal Drive interviews – Oct. 4, 2012

    Former astronaut and Lockheed executive Rick Hieb describes the logistics involved in supporting missions in Antarctica. And a former State Department official the security situation at the consulate in Libya.

  • State employee devised diplomatic dispatch service during Arab Spring

    Shane Morris overcame numerous obstacles during the Arab Spring uprisings to ensure that U.S. diplomats in the Middle East could securely dispatch and receive classified documents and equipment. She is a finalist for a Service to America Medal.

  • DoD, State implement only fraction of wartime contracting recommendations

    A new Government Accountability Office report found that three main actors in contingency contracting — the Defense and State Departments and the U.S. Agency for International Development — will likely only implement a fraction of the recommendations set out by the Commission on Wartime Contracting. The agencies have either determined their existing policies already address the commission’s concerns or they disagreed with the recommendation in the first place, GAO found.