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  • Former Secretaries of State Deliver Remarks at the State Departments Diplomacy Center
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    State Department Diplomacy Center Pavilion Ceremony

    Secretary of State John Kerry and three of his predecessors gathered to mark the completion of the State Department’s new museum on U.S. diplomacy in Washington, DC. Joining him were former…

  • State Department Officials Testify on FOIA Requests
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    State Department Freedom of Information Act Requests

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on the State Department’s response to Freedom of Information requests dealing with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails.…

  • Benghazi Consulate Attack
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    Benghazi Consulate Attack

    Patrick Kennedy testified on State Department internal actions to address its responsibility for the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The Accountability Review Board on Benghazi found in…

  • Sen McCaskill Hears Update on Wartime Contracting Reforms
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    Wartime Contracting

    Officials from the Defense and State Departments and U.S.A.I.D. testified on wartime contracting reforms they put into place under the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. Richard…

  • Diplomatic Security in Libya
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    Diplomatic Security in Libya

    Security officials testified on their efforts to improve diplomatic safety in Libya before four people were killed in the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

  • Transition of Control in Iraq
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    Transition of Control in Iraq

    Witnesses testified on the progress of the transition in Iraq. The first panel focused on civilian workers in Iraq, and the breakdown of the 14,000 contractors in the region and details on…

  • Wartime Contracting Reform
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    Wartime Contracting Reform

    Witnesses testified about proposed legislation to overhaul the federal government’s planning, management, and oversight of wartime-support contracting. A recent report found as much as $60…

  • The Kennedy White House and the Press
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    The Kennedy White House and the Press

    A panel discussion was held on President Kennedy’s relationship with the press. The event was held in the State Department auditorium where President Kennedy held the first regularly…

  • Contracting Support of US Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
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    Contracting Support of U.S. Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan

    Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy on the department’s contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Among the topics he addressed were the transition of authority to civilian control for Iraq…

  • Information Sharing and Wikileaks
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    Information Sharing and Wikileaks

    Intelligence officials testified about information sharing since the WikiLeaks release of thousands of classified documents. Among the issues they addressed were federal efforts to share…

  • Japan Nuclear Plant Crisis
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    Japan Nuclear Plant Crisis

    Patrick Kennedy and Bureau of Consular Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary for Overseas Citizens Service James Pettit updated reporters on the evacuation of American citizens in response to…

  • US Military Withdrawal from Iraq
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    U.S. Military Withdrawal from Iraq

    Witnesses testified about transitioning responsibility for U.S. operations in Iraq from the Defense Department to the State Department as part of the final withdrawal of U.S. troops.…

  • Suspension of US Embassy Operations in Libya
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    Suspension of U.S. Embassy Operations in Libya

    State Department representatives briefed reporters and answered questions on the department’s announcement that it had suspended operations in and withdrawn employees from the U.S. Embassy in…

  • Quadrennial Diplomacy Review
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    Quadrennial Diplomacy Review

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a town hall meeting to discuss the release of the first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. The review is an analysis of U.S. diplomatic…

  • AntiTerrorism Tools and Communication
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    Anti-Terrorism Tools and Communication

    Witnesses testified on inter-agency communication, and effective use of anti-terrorism tools. Among the topics addressed were measures taken following the attempted bombing of Northwest…

  • Secretary Clinton Employee Town Hall Meeting
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    Secretary Clinton Employee Town Hall Meeting

    Secretary Hillary Clinton held a town hall meeting for employees of the State Department. In her remarks she said development in the 21st century will be guided by partnership rather than patronage and…

  • Wartime Contracting in Afghanistan and Iraq Panel 1
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    Wartime Contracting in Afghanistan and Iraq, Panel 1

    Top State Department officials and embassy contractors involved in alleged misconduct in Kabul, Afghanistan, testified at an an oversight hearing on U.S. State Department contractors in…

  • State Department Daily Briefing
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    State Department Daily Briefing

    Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy opened the day’s press briefing with a discussion of State Department funding levels. Mr. McCormack then continued the briefing and…

  • 10th Anniversary of US Embassy Bombings in Africa
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    10th Anniversary of U.S. Embassy Bombings in Africa

    A ceremony was held to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The ceremony included music and an honor guard…

  • Baghdad Embassy Construction
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    Baghdad Embassy Construction

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on construction delays and problems plaguing the U.S. Embassy construction project in Baghdad, focusing on the…

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