The State Department is partnering with online crowdfunding platform RocketHub to find alternative funding and accelerate public service projects.
The Consular Consolidated Database, or CCD, suffered a major performance breakdown resulting from a standard, scheduled software update, according to the department. Yet, the actual root cause of the incident and the details of what may have impacted the systems—either software or hardware failures—have not yet been determined, officials said.
The Senate Appropriations Committee chairwoman released a draft bill July 23 that would provide more than $1 billion in emergency funding to help the Homeland Security Department and other departments cope with the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the southwestern border.
President Barack Obama is seeking $3.7 billion in emergency appropriations from Congress to help deal with the thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the southwest border.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked the federal government to reimburse his state for a decade of contributions to border security during a House hearing July 3.
Despite making significant progress in securing overseas diplomatic facilities and the safety of personnel, the State Department is not addressing certain problems that could still put its people at risk, congressional investigators said in a report released June 25.
The primary U.S. counterterrorism program in northwest Africa – where terrorist groups including al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Boko Haram operate – has spent about $140 million since 2009, but program managers were unable to easily provide data on the status of the funds, a congressional investigation has found.
A bureau that promotes the State Department's policy-advocacy work through videos, social media, interactive web chats and other means still has not established an IT strategy that matches up with business needs, an investigation has found.
A State Department regional bureau, which manages a $104 million U.S. counterterrorism program in East Africa, lacks sufficient financial and operational data to determine whether plans and goals are being met, congressional investigators said.
The State Department is seeking information on how it can deploy a universal electronic flashcard solution that supplements language training on multiple computing platforms.