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  • U.S. Department of Education Announces Approval of New Categories of Borrower Defense Claims Totaling 500 Million Dollars in Loan Relief to 18,000 Borrowers

    U.S. Department of Education Announces Approval of New Categories of Borrower Defense Claims Totaling $500 Million in Loan Relief to 18,000 Borrowers | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 16, 2021) The U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced today the approval of 18,000 borrower defense to repayment (borrower defense) claims for individuals who attended ITT Technical Institute (ITT). These borrowers will receive 100 percent loan discharges, resulting in approximately $500 million in relief. This brings total loan cancellation under borrower defense by the Biden-Harris Administration to $1.5 billion for approximately 90,000 borrowers. “Our action today will give thousands of borrowers a fresh start and the relief they deserve after ITT repeatedly lied to them,” said Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. “Today’s action is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s cont...
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  • On the Death of Colombian Defense Minister Trujillo

    On the Death of Colombian Defense Minister Trujillo

    On the Death of Colombian Defense Minister Trujillo| site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: January 27, 2021)


    Press statement
    Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State January 27, 2021 On behalf of the Department of State, I offer my condolences to the people and government of Colombia on the death of Minister of Defense and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Holmes Trujillo García. With his passing, Colombia has lost a great patriot, leader, and statesman. The United States has lost a close friend and ally. Minister Trujillo’s dedication to a peaceful, prosperous, and inclusive Colombia was apparent to all who worked with him over his more than four decades of public service. He will be remembered for his tireless efforts to strengthen Colombia’s partnership with the United States in the service of a stable and democratic hemisphere. The United States joins wit
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  • Veterans Affairs, Israel Ministry of Defense renew Partnership to Share Best Practices in Veteran Health Care

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Israel Ministry of Defense renew Partnership to Share Best Practices in Veteran Health Care
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: January 15, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it is renewing its partnership with the Israel Ministry of Defense to continue sharing expertise on caring for Veterans. The partnership focuses on enhancing the quality of life for Veterans through the delivery of state-of-the-art, evidenced-based physical and mental health care that leverages the experience, resources and research of both partners. “The partnership with the Ministry will augment the important work VA does to support Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This collaboration will also identify opportunities for VA and the Ministry to share best practices in polytrauma rehabilitation and assessment, treatme...
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  • Health and Human Services and Department of Defense Coordinate International Airlift of COVID-19 Supplies

    Health and Human Services and Department of Defense Coordinate International Airlift of COVID-19 Supplies | site |



    (March 20, 2020) - - Today (March 20, 2020), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information: On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD) coordinated an emergency international airlift of 500,000 swabs and sample kits used in the COVID-19 testing process in an effort to increase diagnostic testing for Americans. Copan Diagnostics, Inc., located in Italy, recently informed U.S. government officials they were unable to ship their swabs and sample kits to distributors in the United States due to border closures and flight cancellations in Europe. Recognizing that the company is one of the major suppliers for the U.S. market for sample kits, and the risk this posed to creating a shortage of these critical supplies, the U.S. government took swift action. Sev...
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  • Remarks by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper, Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and Indian Minister of Defense Shri Rajnath Singh

    Remarks by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper, Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and Indian Minister of Defense Shri Rajnath Singh | site |




    Washington, DC - - (December 18, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State published the following remarks made in the Ben Franklin Room by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper, Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and Indian Minister of Defense Shri Rajnath Singh:

    SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to the two ministers from India. Welcome to Washington. Thank you for your leadership in the growing U.S.-India Strategic Partnership. Secretary Esper and I are honored to host the Second 2+2, the first one here in Washington, DC. The Trump administration has prioritized closer ties with New Delhi from President Trump and Prime Minster Modi’s event in Houston in September to this 2+2 Ministerial
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  • U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Approves New Methodology for Providing Student Loan Relief to Borrower Defense Applicants

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Approves New Methodology for Providing Student Loan Relief to Borrower Defense Applicants| site |



    Education Department says, "While courts continue to deliberate, DeVos moves forward with ensuring harmed students receive relief"


    (December 10, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Education published (today, December 10, 2019) the following information: WASHINGTON –Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the Department has implemented a new methodology for assessing borrower defense to repayment (BDR) claims, many of which were left behind by the previous administration. The new methodology relies on publicly available earnings data and a scientifically robust statistical methodology to determine harm. “Despite the mess we inherited from the previous administration, we committed from day one to getting this right for students and taxpayers,” said Secretary DeVos. “We cannot tolerate fraud i...
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  • Department of Defense Expanding Access to Commissaries, Military Exchanges and Recreation Facilities

    Department of Defense Expanding Access to Commissaries, Military Exchanges and Recreation Facilities| site |



    (November 13, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published the following news that it says is from the Department of Defense:

    The Department of Defense is expanding commissary, military exchange, and morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) retail privileges on U.S. military installations as specified in the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018, included in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.

    Starting Jan. 1, 2020, access will expand to include all veterans with service-connected disabilities, veterans who are Purple Heart recipients, veterans who are former prisoners of war, and individuals approved and designated as the primary family caregivers of eligible veterans under the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense Partner to Modernize Department’s Health Care Supply Chain

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense Partner to Modernize Department’s Health Care Supply Chain | site |


    (August 12, 2019) - - Today (August 12, 2019), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) entered into a strategic partnership Aug. 12 to enhance VA’s supply chain management modernization efforts. This first step gives VA networks across the country increased access to DLA’s broader supply catalog; improving productivity and efficiency. The agreement provides VA access to DLA’s worldwide procurement system to acquire medical and surgical items; cleaning supplies and equipment; construction materials and equipment; and other items needed to support Veterans. “The adoption of a single health care logistics system by VA and DOD highlights the commitment of both organizations to improve
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  • Joint Statement from the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense

    Joint Statement from the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense


    (October 26, 2018) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the following statement: “After receiving a request for assistance from the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of Defense has approved providing mission-enhancing capabilities to Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) along the Southwest Border (SWB). This assistance is in addition to the previously authorized support to CBP's Operation Guardian Support mission. The DoD will provide Defense Support of Civil Authorities with planning assistance, engineering support (temporary barriers, barricades, and fencing), fixed and rotary wing aviation support to move CBP personnel, medical teams to triage, treat and prepare for commercial transport of patients, command and control facilities,...
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  • Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Speaks at International Association of Defense Counsel Event

    Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Delivers Remarks to the International Association of Defense Counsel’s “Corporate Counsel College”




    Chicago, IL - - (April 26, 2018) - -


    (Remarks as prepared for delivery) Thank you, Sky, for that introduction and thank you for your service to the people of Maryland on the Judicial Nominating Commission and as President of Maryland Defense Counsel. Thank you also to outgoing president Andrew Kopon. And congratulations to your next president, Craig Thompson, who is from my home state of Maryland. In Shakespeare’s play about Henry VI, the character Dick the Butcher famously proclaims: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” That remark is often misinterpreted. Shakespeare intended for it to be ironic. Dick the butcher is not a businessman upset about overregulation. He is a villain scheming to take over
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    U.S. Department of Education Announces Approval of New Categories of Borrower Defense Claims Totaling 500 Million Dollars in Loan Relief to 18,000 Borrowers
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    U.S. Department of Education Announces Approval of New Categories of Borrower Defense Claims Totaling $500 Million in Loan Relief to 18,000 Borrowers | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 16, 2021) The U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced today the approval of 18,000 borrower defense to repayment (borrower defense) claims for individuals who attended ITT Technical Institute (ITT). These borrowers will receive 100 percent loan discharges, resulting in approximately $500 million in relief. This brings total loan cancellation under borrower defense by the Biden-Harris Administration to $1.5 billion for approximately 90,000 borrowers. “Our action today will give thousands of borrowers a fresh start and the relief they deserve after ITT repeatedly lied to them,” said Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. “Today’s action is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s cont...
    06-18-2021, 12:46 AM
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    On the Death of Colombian Defense Minister Trujillo
    by Staff Reporter 1
    On the Death of Colombian Defense Minister Trujillo| site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: January 27, 2021)


    Press statement
    Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State January 27, 2021 On behalf of the Department of State, I offer my condolences to the people and government of Colombia on the death of Minister of Defense and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Holmes Trujillo García. With his passing, Colombia has lost a great patriot, leader, and statesman. The United States has lost a close friend and ally. Minister Trujillo’s dedication to a peaceful, prosperous, and inclusive Colombia was apparent to all who worked with him over his more than four decades of public service. He will be remembered for his tireless efforts to strengthen Colombia’s partnership with the United States in the service of a stable and democratic hemisphere. The United States joins wit
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    01-30-2021, 09:55 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Veterans Affairs, Israel Ministry of Defense renew Partnership to Share Best Practices in Veteran Health Care
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Israel Ministry of Defense renew Partnership to Share Best Practices in Veteran Health Care
    | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: January 15, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it is renewing its partnership with the Israel Ministry of Defense to continue sharing expertise on caring for Veterans. The partnership focuses on enhancing the quality of life for Veterans through the delivery of state-of-the-art, evidenced-based physical and mental health care that leverages the experience, resources and research of both partners. “The partnership with the Ministry will augment the important work VA does to support Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This collaboration will also identify opportunities for VA and the Ministry to share best practices in polytrauma rehabilitation and assessment, treatme...
    01-19-2021, 09:52 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Health and Human Services and Department of Defense Coordinate International Airlift of COVID-19 Supplies
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Health and Human Services and Department of Defense Coordinate International Airlift of COVID-19 Supplies | site |



    (March 20, 2020) - - Today (March 20, 2020), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information: On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD) coordinated an emergency international airlift of 500,000 swabs and sample kits used in the COVID-19 testing process in an effort to increase diagnostic testing for Americans. Copan Diagnostics, Inc., located in Italy, recently informed U.S. government officials they were unable to ship their swabs and sample kits to distributors in the United States due to border closures and flight cancellations in Europe. Recognizing that the company is one of the major suppliers for the U.S. market for sample kits, and the risk this posed to creating a shortage of these critical supplies, the U.S. government took swift action. Sev...
    03-24-2020, 03:58 AM
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    Remarks by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper, Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and Indian Minister of Defense Shri Rajnath Singh
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Remarks by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper, Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and Indian Minister of Defense Shri Rajnath Singh | site |




    Washington, DC - - (December 18, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State published the following remarks made in the Ben Franklin Room by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper, Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and Indian Minister of Defense Shri Rajnath Singh:

    SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to the two ministers from India. Welcome to Washington. Thank you for your leadership in the growing U.S.-India Strategic Partnership. Secretary Esper and I are honored to host the Second 2+2, the first one here in Washington, DC. The Trump administration has prioritized closer ties with New Delhi from President Trump and Prime Minster Modi’s event in Houston in September to this 2+2 Ministerial
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    12-19-2019, 02:27 PM

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