Increased politicization of the Foreign Service is undermining the mission of State Department, says a scathing report from the nonprofit organization the American Academy of Diplomacy. "America's diplomacy – the front line of our defenses – is in trouble," the report says.
Some State Department contractors employ ethics codes that worry the agency's inspector general because they dissuade employees from reporting fraud and abuse in the workplace. All of the 30 contractors with the largest dollar volume of State Department contracts used some variation of a confidentiality agreement or confidentiality policy, says a recently released State inspector general report.
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The Rosemary Award, established in 2005 by the National Security Archive – a Washington, D.C.-based independent watchdog group located at George Washington University – is intended to "highlight the lowlights of government secrecy."
According to State Department policy, any email that includes information about the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures or operations should be preserved as an "email record," but employees at the department overwhelmingly lack the guidance and training to properly preserve email records.
While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton never used an official government email address, reported the New York Times March 2.
Both the State and Justice departments announced the reward for Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, who is accused of being the mastermind behind the "GameOver Zeus" botnet that infected between 500,000 to 1 million computers from 2011 through 2014 that resulted in more than $100 million in financial losses in the U.S. alone.
The Interior Department, State Department and Education Department all fail to communicate in plain language with the public, while all other agencies generally communicated well with the public, says Center for Plain Language in its annual report card.
Federal agencies are often encouraged to consult external stakeholders to assess the direction and impact of their policies, but there are many advantages to crowdsourcing within a given agency as well, says the General Services Administration.
After more than a day of instability, North Korea's Internet was down for nine and a half hours Dec. 22, according to Dyn Research, which has been tracking the health of the country's Internet system.