Tag Archives: State Department

PSC to Host Forum to Address Industry Concerns With Afghanistan Drawdown; Stephanie Kostro Quoted

Stephanie Kostro

The Professional Services Council (PSC) has called on the Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal agencies to take part in an information-sharing forum on August 6th to improve communication and coordination between government and industry on contractor issues in relation to the military drawdown in Afghanistan.

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State Department Announces Reward Offer for Cybercrime Information

Rewards for Justice

The State Department is offering up to $10 million in rewards through the Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program for information that could help identify and locate individuals involved in malicious cyber operations against U.S. critical infrastructure. Certain malicious cyber activities homing in on critical infrastructure may be considered a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). 

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Censeo Report: Executive Order on Minimum Wage Increase Could Impact Over 30K Contracts

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An analysis from Censeo Consulting Group says an increase in the minimum wage for federal contract workers as directed by an executive order that will likely result in agencies reviewing and modifying 30,520 contracts. The departments of Defense (DOD), Veterans Affairs (VA), Agriculture (USDA) and State are among the agencies that will be the most impacted by the executive order.

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White House Seeks to Mitigate Climate-Related Financial Risk With New Executive Order

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President Biden has signed an executive order to direct the director of the National Economic Council and the national climate adviser to create within 120 days a government-wide strategy to identify climate-related financial risk to government assets, programs and liabilities. In early May, the president also issued an executive order that calls for the creation of the climate change support office within the State Department.

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White House Creates Climate Change Support Office via Executive Order

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President Biden has issued an executive order that directs the creation of an office within the State Department that will support multilateral and bilateral engagement to help the U.S. advance efforts to address the global climate crisis. The secretary of the State Department will select a director for the climate change support office. 

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White House Announces Nominees for National Security Positions at DOD, State Department

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President Biden has announced plans to nominate seven individuals to serve in key national security roles at the departments of State and Defense. DOD nominees are Brenda Sue Fulton, Christopher Maier, Deborah Rosenblum and Shawn Skelly. The president's picks for national security posts at the State Department are Donald Lu, Sarah Margon and Jessica Lewis.

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House OKs Bill to Put up Cyber Diplomacy Bureau at State Department; Rep. Jim Langevin Quoted

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The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to establish an office dedicated to cyberspace diplomacy. The Cyber Diplomacy Act would create the Bureau of International Cyberspace Policy at the State Department, and appoint a cyber diplomacy ambassador to lead the office. The government would use the potential office to better augment the norms of global cyberspace.

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State Department Harnesses AI Tech to Address Disinformation

Rewards for Justice

The State Department's Global Engagement Center uses artificial intelligence in efforts to address the fake news spreads and state-sponsored propaganda targeting the U.S. government. Daniel Kimmage, acting coordinator of GEC, said at a Foreign Policy event that the center uses AI to identify coordinated threats and understand the corresponding landscape.

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House Lawmakers Say Legislation Would Help US Move Forward in Cyber Norm-Setting Process

Cyber Diplomacy

Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., said a cybersecurity bill that was reintroduced in the House would create a diplomatic path for the federal government to define norms and boundaries in cyberspace. A bipartisan group of five House members revived the Cyber Diplomacy Act in Feb. 2021 to establish an international cyberspace policy at the State Department. 

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National Space Council to Continue Under Biden Administration

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President Biden plans to allow the National Space Council (NSC) and its User Advisory Group (UAG) to continue operations following its revival under the Trump administration in 2017. The council’s renewal comes after interdisciplinary organizations wrote to the White House seeking to retain NSC and the UAG. NSC told reporters that it is “still working details." 

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