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September 12, 2013

By David S. Hilzenrath

Senators Ask State Department To Respond to POGO Report on Embassy Security



Kabul Embassy Guard Force Leaders of a Senate panel are asking the State Department to explain how its assurances about security at the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan square with a report this week by the Project On Government Oversight documenting problems.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 10, 2013

By Joe Newman

Benghazi Ignored: New Evidence Exposes Gaps in Kabul Embassy Security



Kabul Embassy Guard Force The private security force tasked with defending the U.S. Embassy in war-torn Afghanistan has been chronically understaffed, leaving the compound at risk, former guards told the Project On Government Oversight (POGO).

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Topics: Contract Oversight

September 10, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Map Shows State Dept. Official Gave Misleading Testimony to Congress



Infographic: Attacks in Kabul A top State Department official delivered inaccurate and misleading testimony to a Senate panel in July, when he dismissed concerns about security at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 18, 2013

By David S. Hilzenrath

Review Finds Security Problems at Diplomatic Posts



Razor Wire An audit by the State Department Inspector General found deficient security at overseas posts under high threat.

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Topics: National Security

February 12, 2013

By Andre Francisco

State Department Still Without Internal Watchdog



Secretary of State John Kerry speaking at the Kabul embassy Effective oversight requires a strong inspector general, and the State Department leads a group of eight agencies that are without a permanent IG.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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