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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

July 2, 2013

By Jana Persky

Obama Makes Second IG Nomination in Two Weeks



State Department President Barack Obama made progress toward filling the federal government’s longest-running inspector general (IG) vacancy with his nomination of Steve A. Linick for inspector general of the Department of State.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 11, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Report: Possible Cover-Up of Sex and Drugs at the State Department



State Department An internal memo reveals that the State Department “covered up” allegations of illegal behavior by its security officials including sexual assault and solicitation of prostitution, according to a report by CBS News.

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Topics: Government Accountability

April 22, 2013

By Joe Newman

After 5 Years, Is Obama Ready to Fill State Department Vacancy?



Secretary of State John Kerry Secretary of State John Kerry says if it were up to him, the State Department would already have a permanent inspector general, a critical position that has been vacant for more than five years, but the delay is due to the White House’s vetting process.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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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