Foreign exchange program exposes Middle Eastern girls to computer coding
July 29, 2015
The State Department program, started in 2011, introduces nearly 30 teenage girls from the Middle East to Java programming and advanced computer coding.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
The Government Accountability Office faces a $27.3 million reduction under sequestration, dropping its funding level to $514.4 million, according to a report from the agency.
The cuts would drop the agency’s staffing level to 2,875 full time equivalent employees, which will represent a drop of 472 FTEs – or more than 14 percent – over the past three years.
“It is imperative that GAO rebuild its staff capacity to a level that will enable us to optimize the benefits we yield for Congress and the nation,” the report said. “Given the size of the federal budget and the multi-year actions needed to address the seriousness of the government's fiscal condition, investing resources to restore some of GAO's staff capacity would be a prudent and wise investment that will produce positive outcomes for the Congress and our country.”
The agency said the additional staffing reductions would adversely impact GAO's ability to:
In its report, GAO said it has given the United States government $55.8 billion in financial benefits – a return of $105 for every dollar invested in the agency – over the past fiscal year. Since 2002, GAO said, the agency’s work has resulted in $500 billion in financial benefits for the American public.