Several control weaknesses significantly impact the State Department's information security program, attributable in part to unimplemented strategies and a chief information officer who lacks security oversight authorities, a recent report found.
The State Department is considering updates to an identity assurance system that collects and matches fingerprint, iris and face data. The system, called Tactical High-Threat Operational Response, or THOR, needs additional work because the Defense Department halted in December 2014 a program with similar capabilities that was used by the State Department.
While auditors may typically frown on agencies' unobligated funds exceeding balances, the practice is sometimes justifiable, and it was particularly helpful during the 2013 government shutdown, says an Oct. 30 Government Accountability Office report.
While a State Department plan for a diplomatic security training facility is expected to cost more than $140 million more than an alternative proposal, congressional investigators recently concluded that it was the better of the two options because it met four needed critical elements.
Janice Jacobs, who was assistant secretary for consular affairs, will take on the newly created position in charge of of improving document preservation and records systems.
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 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.
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.
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.
The General Services Administration launched a cross-agency program aimed at improving customer service in the federal government.