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Corruption, faulty data hampered $950M Afghan refugee program, IG says

Corruption within the Afghan government and a lack of reliable data have made it impossible to implement a long-term strategy for refugees, according to a new Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction audit.

State Dept. IG chides diplomats for using private email

State Department employees at the Embassy in Tokyo, including U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, used private email to conduct official business, according to the department's inspector general.

Former federal employee charged after using U.S. embassy as base for cyberstalking, hacking campaign

A former State Department employee was charged Aug. 18 with nine counts of cyberstalking, seven counts of computer hacking to extort and one count of wire fraud. The defendant allegedly used his government-issued computer at a U.S. embassy to phish, hack and cyberstalk.

State Dept. looks to industry for full-service mobile device, cellular program

The State Department's bureau of information resource management is exploring how an industry partner could help it better issue and manage its mobile devices and cellular services.

GSA launches customer service feedback program

The General Services Administration launched a cross-agency program aimed at improving customer service in the federal government.

DHS, State Dept. need to better assess programs to counter influx of migrant children, GAO says

U.S. officials and others have said that extreme violence, persistent poverty and other problems in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala spurred last summer's migration of tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children.

GAO: State Dept. should assess countering extremist violence program to gauge impact

Such an evaluation would help the department's counterterrorism bureau ensure accountability, better measure the program's impact and effectiveness, and shape future programming decisions, but it's been postponed since 2012.

Digital experience central to White House effort to improve immigration system

The White House announced July 15 a major initiative to improve the legal immigration system that officials said is now complex, paper-based and confusing to users applying for a visa.

GAO: Security of overseas US diplomatic residences, other 'soft targets' may be vulnerable

Between August 1998 and December 2014, there have been about 30 attacks against U.S. diplomatic residences and other soft targets, congressional investigators said.

GAO: Agencies not following guidance for reviewing goals

Some agencies haven't be consistent in following guidance for reviewing priority goals, says a July Government Accountability Office report.