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Hillary Clinton Asked Why No Firefox in the State Department?

During a recent State Department town hall meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked the following question:

I just moved to the State Department from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and was surprised that State doesn’t use this browser. It was approved for the entire intelligence community, so I don’t understand why State can’t use it. It’s a much safer program.

Apparently it is a cost issue.  Although Firefox is free; Under Secretary Pat Kennedy says the cost of deploying, training and supporting a new piece of software would cost too much.  Should the US State Department get a bail out for their browser?