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Online Employee Idea Forum at State Dept. Closed Down

Government Executive: “At the end of August, State Department employees will lose access to the in-house employee online forum called Sounding Board, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s staff announced in a departmentwide email on Aug. 17. Employees were told to archive any previous discussion items of interest because the past content will not be archived, according to an item by the ex-employee who writes under the name Diplopundit. Created under Secretary Hillary Clinton in 2009, the forum for exchanging information and collaborating on ideas attracted more than 120,000 users and generated 4,000 ideas, the blogger reported. Among the 130 ideas implemented: installing pedestrian walk signals outside the Harry S. Truman building, enhancing female bathrooms in that structure and creation of ePerformance guides…”

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