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GAO: Cost of Kabul embassy expansion continues to rise into the billions

The State Department has already invested billions of dollars in the expansion of its embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan since 2002 and the spending continues to rise because the agency hasn't properly assessed the risk and cost of the project, says a May 19 Government Accountability Office report.

Deluge of new FOIA requests increases governmentwide backlog

Officials at several agencies told a Senate panel that Freedom of Information Act requests have become unmanageable because of a dramatic increase in the number of requests over the last few years.

GAO: State Dept. didn't justify reasons for leasing new embassy facilities over adding on to existing buildings

Three State Department embassies didn't provide a good explanation for why they decided to lease off-site facilities rather than adding to the existing buildings, says an April 24 Government Accountability Office report.

Report: Foreign Service becoming increasingly politicized

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.

IG: Some contractor ethics codes discourage whistleblowing

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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SPECIAL REPORT For years cybersecurity lagged compared to other competing priorities, as federal officials dealt with other programs affected by tighter budgets and resources. But with an intensifying threat, that's changed. Read the report

Federal CIO Council wins award for worst open government performance – again

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."

IG takes issue with State Department email records management

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.

Spotlight: Clinton never used State Department email

While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton never used an official government email address, reported the  New York Times  March 2. 

US government offers $3M reward for Russian hacker involved in massive malware operation

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.