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    Are US State Department Vacancies a Security Risk?

    The Government Accountability Office believes they are, detailing in a new report how hundreds of unfilled positions around the world are hampering foreign policy work and putting diplomats at risk. While budget cuts and bureaucracy issues precede the Trump administration, a hiring freeze has exacerbated the situation. Currently one-fifth of the State Department’s political officer posts are vacant, while 160 of 989 overseas security officer positions remain unfilled.

    How far-reaching is the impact? The vacancies can hinder efforts by embassy staff to address fraud, waste, abuse and even nuclear proliferation.

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