July 2011

► At the closing luncheon for the Department of State's TechWomen Initiative on Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton celebrated the completion of the first-ever TechWomen exchange program and announced the planned launch of a similar "TechGirls" initiative next year.

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Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 07/08/11.

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The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) released yesterday a briefing paper by Daniel Costa critical of the Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program. A summary and the full briefing paper are available on EPI’s website

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Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 07/15/11.

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► Earlier this week, AIPT and CDS announced a new name for their recently merged organization: Cultural Vistas.

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At the markup of its FY 2012 appropriations bill yesterday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee for State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) provided $538 million for educational and cultural exchange programs. This funding level is $60.2 million below the current FY 2011 funding level of $598.2 million and $99.1 million below the President’s request of $637.1 million. It represents a 10 per cent cut from current funding and a return to FY 2009 levels.

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 07/22/11.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently returned from an around-the-world trip that included stops in Turkey, Greece, India, Indonesia, and Hong Kong.