Asylum seekers to the United States who provided "insignificant material support" to a terrorist organization will no longer find that an automatic barrier to their application under a Feb. 5 rule issued by the departments of Homeland Security and State.
Several years into the social media revolution, federal agencies find themselves also discovering social media analytics, panelists during a Feb. 11 event said.
Recurring weaknesses put "at significant risk the integrity" of the State Department's cybersecurity program, warns the departmental inspector general.
If an agency posts misinformation or information that's misinterpreted or subject to negative attention, it's best to acknowledge it, correct it and move on, said Nicole Stillwell, community and brand manager for the State Department's bureau of consular affairs office of policy coordination and public affairs new media.
Public diplomacy does not have a clear way to measure its effects, said Walter Douglas, minister counselor for public affairs at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. U.S. public diplomacy has in recent years focused heavily on countering anti-American views in Muslim-majority countries. One lesson Douglas said he has drawn from his experiences is that it helps to discuss the importance of religion to Americans.
Federal agencies reported $3.8 billion in cost savings related to real property in recent years, but their decisions about what counted as savings were inconsistent and sometimes dubious, the Government Accountability Office says.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula continues to pose an immediate security threat to Yemen and to the United States, despite the central government's recovery of territory in the south previously under AQAP control, a State Department official told a Nov. 19 House panel.
The State Department issued significantly more border crossing cards in the last few years due to the recovery of travel to U.S. that had dropped after the Sept. 11 attacks and a cyclical issuance period that recently ended, Edward Ramotowski State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subcommittee on national security Nov. 14.
The State Department designated Boko Haram and splinter group Ansaru, both Nigeria-based militant groups, as foreign terrorist organizations Nov. 13. "We took this step after very careful consideration, and I know you think it was too long," said Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the department's assistant secretary for African affairs, during a House hearing.
Administration officials laid out a plan to bolster the government's role in recruiting foreign investing by coordinating the effort on the federal level, in a Wednesday evening call to reporters. States and cities have been responsible for luring business from abroad, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling told reporters.