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GAO: State's strategy to counter hostile Iranian activities has gaps, department disagrees

The State Department has gaps in its required strategy and intelligence assessment to counter Iran's growing hostile presence and activities, the Government Accountability Office maintains in a report publicly released Oct. 21.

US customs agency signs deal with Mexican counterpart to facilitate more secure trade

The Customs and Border Protection agency and Mexico's Tax Administration Service last week signed a deal to accelerate trade across the border.

CDC issues new guidance for healthcare workers treating Ebola patients

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new detailed guidelines to help health care workers better protect themselves when treating patients with Ebola.

Americans worried about Ebola, but confident in health officials, new survey finds

While two-thirds of Americans worry there will be more U.S. Ebola cases over the next 12 months – and nearly half fear a family member will come down with the virus – most think only a handful will emerge, adding they're confident that health officials will contain the disease, a new survey finds.

DHS IG slams Secret Service for 'serious lapse in judgment' in 2011 decision

Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth said there was a "serious lapse in judgement" when the Secret Service diverted agents from presidential protection in 2011 to check on an employee's neighborhood dispute.

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The awarding of the largest wind energy contract to a single source in federal contracting history has pushed the General Services Administration on track to meet renewable-energy goals. The 10-year contract for 140 megawatts of clean wind energy went to MG2 Tribal Energy, a joint venture between the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians and Geronimo Energy, a commercial wind developer.