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GSA Releases Per Diem Mobile App for Federal Employees

The General Services Administration recently released a new smartphone app that allows federal employees traveling on business to look up per diem reimbursement rates for expenses such as lodging and meals while on the road. According to GSA, the app allows travelers to look up federal government per diem rates …

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State Department Event Highlights Cyber Risks for Kids

The State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security today hosted “Get Schooled, Kids and Cyber Security” to raise awareness about cybersecurity and children by discussing risks, mitigation strategies and safety tips. Speakers included Enough is Enough President and CEO Donna Rice Hughes; National Center for Missing and Exploited Children instructor Dr. …

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Government IT Solutions Win for Excellence

The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council unveiled the winning government IT solutions at its 9th Annual Excellence.Gov Awards luncheon in Washington, D.C., last week. The event honors innovated computer initiatives that increase the quality and efficiency of government management, improve customer services, improve government operations and encourages …

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Woman Pleads Guilty to Illegally Accessing Celebs' Passport Files

A State Department employee has pleaded guilty to lying to department officials about her alleged involvement in the unauthorized access of hundreds of confidential passport application files. Brooke E. Reyna worked in various roles at the National Passport Center in Portsmouth, N.H., most recently as a passport specialist. She admitted …

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CSC Gets Piece of $115 Million State Dept. Visa Contract

CSC (NYSE: CSC) announced the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs awarded the company a task order to provide visa support services for non-immigrants in Mexico. The task order carries a two-year base period and four one-year options, bringing the estimated total value to $115 million. The ID/IQ …

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Karzai Tells Security Contractors to Take a Hike

Afghan President Hamad Karzai has issued a stern decree to private security contractors, demanding that the firms cease operations in the country within four months. NATO, which relies on private contractors to secure convoys and bases, is expected to resist the move. According to Karzai’s order, contractors must disband or …

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State Department, Senate Consider Creation of 'Cyber Ambassador'

Following cyber attacks against Google, officials at the State Department and Congress are considering proposals to create an ambassador-like cybersecurity post and the Senate Foreign Relations committee is considering tying U.S. financial aid to foreign countries’ ability to effectively police cyber crime. The “cyber ambassador” would negotiate cyber policy at …

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