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Senate Hearing Examines Federal Government's Foreign Language Skills

Washington, DC
Monday, May 21, 2012

A Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee holds a hearing on the shortage of foreign language speakers in the federal government.

Officials from the FBI, the Defense & State Departments, as well as the Department of Education testified at the Subcommittee hearing.

They reviewed the federal government’s foreign language capabilities, how deficiencies impact national security and ways to improve the problem.

Updated: Monday, May 21, 2012 at 4:50pm (ET)

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