Three federal agencies responsible for directing funds to help women in Afghanistan didn't track their spending or results, so no one knows if the programs worked, says a Dec. 18 Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction report. The agencies involved reported spending at least $64.8 million on 652 projects, programs and initiatives to support Afghan women in fiscal years 2011 through 2013.
Federal worker job satisfaction dropped for the fourth year in a row in the Partnership for Public Service annual Best Places to Work report based on the Office of Personnel Management Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey results. Federal employee job satisfaction and commitment fell 0.9 points to a score of 56.9 percent. That represents the lowest score since PPS started the report in 2003.
Using an application programming interface, the Commerce, State and Treasury departments have created the searchable Consolidated Screening List that contains names of more than 8,000 company and individual names – and their aliases – restricted from conducting business with American companies as a result of U.S. export regulations, sanctions or other conditions.
The State Department is trying to refocus an international conversation about how traditional military concepts and international law apply in cyberspace to "the next level down" as a way to achieve stability, said a cybersecurity official with the department.
Several government officials recently said that application programming interfaces, or APIs, are allowing federal agencies to provide and share more services and data quickly and easily without requiring a larger workforce. "APIs are the future, they really are," said Dennis Alvord, executive director of BusinessUSA at the Commerce Department.
Despite the State Department shelling out $18.5 million to a contractor, a U.S. prison in Afghanistan still remains unfinished and unused, more than five years after renovation work began, according to a Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction report.
The State Department has gaps in its required strategy and intelligence assessment to counter Iran's growing hostile presence and activities, the Government Accountability Office maintains in a report publicly released Oct. 21.
Representatives from 175 countries will discuss topics such as Internet governance, online security and privacy, and the Internet of Things, as the United Nations' International Telecommunications Union, or ITU, kicked off three weeks of meetings Oct. 20 in Busan, South Korea.
The State Department unveiled to its workforce Oct. 3 a mobile version of Corridor, the department's internal networking and microblogging tool. The move to help foreign affairs professionals better connect and collaborate via mobile is the latest step in what Eric Nelson, director of the State Department's office of eDiplomacy, describes as a march toward greater access to the department's information assets from mobile devices.
The State Department is trying to satisfy demands for instantaneous mobile communications in every setting and provide more access to classified and sensitive networks at its facilities – priorities that can be at odds and impossible to do all the time, said a high-ranking departmental official.