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  • U.S. State Department Spokesperson says PRC Military Pressure Against Taiwan Threatens Regional Peace and Stability

    U.S. State Department says PRC Military Pressure Against Taiwan Threatens Regional Peace and Stability | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: January 23, 2021)

    January 23, 2021
    Press Statement
    Ned Price, Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State The United States notes with concern the pattern of ongoing PRC attempts to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan. We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan’s democratically elected representatives. We will stand with friends and allies to advance our shared prosperity, security, and values in the Indo-Pacific region — and that includes deepening our ties with democratic Taiwan. The United States will continue to support a peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues, consistent with the wishes and best interests of the people on Taiwan. The United S
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  • U.S. Department of State addresses Protests in Russia

    U.S. Department of State addresses Protests in Russia

    U.S. Department of State addresses Protests in Russia | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: January 23, 2021)

    January 23, 2021
    Press statement
    Ned Price, Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State


    The United States strongly condemns the use of harsh tactics against protesters and journalists this weekend in cities throughout Russia. Prior to today’s events, the Russian government sought to suppress the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression by harassing protest organizers, threatening social media platforms, and pre-emptively arresting potential participants. This follows years of tightening restrictions on and repressive actions against civil society, independent media, and the political opposition. Continued efforts to suppress Russians’ rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, the arrest of opposition figure Aleksey Navalny, and the crackdown on protests...
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  • U.S. Department of State information On the Reinstatement of State Department Diversity Training

    U.S. Department of State information On the Reinstatement of State Department Diversity Training | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: January 22, 2021)


    January 22, 2021
    Press statement
    Ned Price, Department Spokesperson


    On the Reinstatement of State Department Diversity Training


    Restoring and strengthening American diplomatic leadership globally requires leveraging the full talent and richness of American diversity. To achieve a diplomatic corps truly representative of America, more progress is needed to recruit and retain a more diverse Department workforce and embrace a culture of inclusion and accountability, free of bias. In furtherance of these goals, the Department of State has announced the full resumption of employee training and professional development activities in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Day One White H...
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  • U.S. Department of Energy Announces New Senior Leaders

    U.S. Department of Energy Announces New Senior Leaders

    U.S. Department of Energy Announces New Senior Leaders | site |



    Tarak Shah to Serve as Chief of Staff, David G. Huizenga to Serve as Acting Secretary



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Energy press release dated: January 21, 2021) Washington, D.C. - - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced new Biden-Harris Administration senior leadership appointees. These new leaders will direct policy at DOE, coordinate across the Administration, and enact President Joe Biden’s vision for bold action on the climate crisis and on safeguarding the Americans most affected by it. These experienced professionals reflect President Biden’s pledge to equip his Administration with a team that represents America’s diversity. Tarak Shah will serve as Chief of Staff, becoming the first person of color, first Indian-American, and first openly LGBTQ person to serve in that position at DOE. “These talented and diverse publi...
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  • Veterans Affairs to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to caregivers of Veterans in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to caregivers of Veterans in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: January 22, 2021)

    Washington - - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities will begin offering COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to designated family caregivers of Veterans participating in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC). Each facility will determine its own start date based on site-specific resources, needs and vaccine availability. “Caregivers play a critical role in caring for some of our most vulnerable Veterans,” said VA Acting Under Secretary for Health Richard A. Stone, M.D. “One of the most important things we can do for caregivers is to help them take care of themselves. The current pandemic has am...
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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury FACT SHEET - - - Treasury to Work to Ensure Families Get Access to Economic Impact Payments

    U.S. Department of the Treasury FACT SHEET - - - Treasury to Work to Ensure Families Get Access to Economic Impact Payments | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: January 22, 2021) In response to President Biden’s COVID-19 Economic Relief Executive Order launching an all-of-government effort to provide economic relief, the U.S. Department of the Treasury will work to stand up an effort to help households who have not yet been able to access their stimulus payments get much-needed relief. As many as 8 million households may be eligible for but have not yet received payments from the CARES Act signed in March; many of these households could be legally entitled to as much as $1,200 per adult. As the Treasury Department works to secure a full $2,000 in direct payments for adults as part of the American Rescue Plan, it will take steps designed to reach as many of these missed households as possible – providi...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Announces Biden-Harris Appointees

    U.S. Department of Education Announces Biden-Harris Appointees

    U.S. Department of Education Announces Biden-Harris Appointees | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release: January 21, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced senior political appointees who will lead various parts of the agency. These diverse and accomplished individuals will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the agency and work to quickly advance key education priorities for the Biden-Harris administration.

    Sheila Nix, Chief of Staff Sheila Nix comes to the Department of Education after leading Tusk Philanthropies. She has nearly three decades of leadership in political, domestic policy, and innovative nonprofit operations. She recently worked on the Biden for President campaign as a senior advisor to then Sen. Kamala Harris. During the second Obama/Biden term, Nix served as the Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden and as a Deputy Assistant to Presi
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  • Acting Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security Directs a Review of Immigration Enforcement Practices and Policies 

    Acting Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security Directs a Review of Immigration Enforcement Practices and Policies | site |


    (Information included in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: January 20, 2021)

    Today, Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Pekoske signed a memorandum directing DHS components, including Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, to review and reset enforcement policies and set interim policies for civil enforcement while the Department develops its final priorities. For 100 days, starting January 22, 2021, DHS will pause removals for certain noncitizens ordered deported to ensure we have a fair and effective immigration enforcement system focused on protecting national security, border security, and public safety. The pause will allow DHS to ensure that its resources are dedicated to respon
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Biden Appointees Ready to Work on Behalf of the American People

    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Biden Appointees Ready to Work on Behalf of the American People | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: January 21, 2021) Washington - - Today, the Biden Administration announced key members of its U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) leadership, many of whom are already at work in the opening days of the new Administration. This diverse and experienced team will bring unique perspective and vast expertise to the job. This group will help USDOT civil servants already hard at work on behalf of the American people advance President Biden’s agenda to build our country back better. With the safety of the traveling public and America’s workers at the center of its mission, the team will work toward economic recovery, racial equity, and combating climate change. “This experienced team looks forward to getting right to work on behalf of the American ...
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  • U.S. Department of the Interior Announces Members of Biden-Harris Leadership Team

    U.S. Department of the Interior Announces Members of Biden-Harris Leadership Team | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior [DOI] press release dated: January 20, 2021)

    Washington, D.C — The Department of the Interior today announced key members of agency leadership who will advance the Biden-Harris administration’s agenda to build back better and address the four intersecting challenges of our time: COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity, and climate change. “With today’s announcement, President Biden is delivering on his commitment to build teams that exude talent and experience, and look like America,” said Jennifer Van der Heide, incoming Chief of Staff. “We look forward to working with the dedicated civil servants at the Department to fulfill Interior’s missions, advance President Biden’s vision to honor our nation-to-nation relationship with Tribes and uphold the trust and treaty responsibilities to them, ad...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announces Biden Administration Appointees

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announces Biden Administration Appointees | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: January 20, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the names of several key Biden administration political appointees joining the department.

    Paula Molloy, PhD, assistant secretary, Human Resources and Administration/ Operations, Security and Preparedness: Paula Molloy rejoins VA after serving as chief administrative officer for the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), an independent federal agency since 2017. Molloy served as VA assistant deputy undersecretary for Health for Workforce Services, leading the strategic integration of initiatives to support human capital systems for more than 320,000 Veteran Health Administration employees and over 120,000 health professions trainees.

    Kayla M. Williams,
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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury Announces the Appointment of Members of Senior Staff

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Announces the Appointment of Members of Senior Staff | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: January 20, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the United States Department of the Treasury announced new members of staff who will serve in senior roles. As the country faces a deep economic downturn triggered by a global pandemic, these crisis-tested and experienced leaders are prepared to address the urgent economic and financial policy decisions facing the nation. These choices reflect the Administration’s commitment to building a team of foremost experts with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences.

    Biographies of the appointees are listed below in alphabetical order:



    Marti Adams, Executive Secretary

    Marti Adams is returning to the Treasury Department from the global advisory firm Brunswick Group where she counseled clients on reputational...
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Key Staff Appointments | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: January 20, 2021)

    Washington, Jan. 20, 2021 - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the names of individuals who will hold senior staff positions in Washington, D.C.

    Katharine Ferguson was named Chief of Staff in the Office of the Secretary. Most recently, Ferguson served as Associate Director of the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group. Before joining the Aspen Institute, Ferguson served in the Obama Administration as Chief of Staff for the White House Domestic Policy Council and as Chief of Staff for Rural Development at USDA. Ferguson also worked on the Senate Agriculture Committee and as staff to several U.S. Senators. Other work experience has focused on topics ranging from racial equity, community economic development, conservation, food and agriculture,
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  • Commerce Department Issues Interim Rule to Secure the ICTS Supply Chain

    Commerce Department Issues Interim Rule to Secure the ICTS Supply Chain

    Commerce Department Issues Interim Rule to Secure the ICTS Supply Chain | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Commerce press release dated: January 14, 2021)

    Pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13873, “Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services (ICTS) Supply Chain,” today U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross issued an interim final rule to address the national security, economic security, and public health and safety concerns related to ICTS Transactions. The rule will ensure the resilience of, and trust in, our Nation’s ICTS supply chain, and, for the purposes of this rule, identifies six foreign governments or foreign non-government persons as foreign adversaries: the People’s Republic of China (China), the Russian Federation (Russia), the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran), the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), the Republic of Cuba (Cuba),...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says VA plays Crucial Role in COVID-19 Treatment Study

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says VA plays Crucial Role in COVID-19 Treatment Study | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: January 19, 2021)

    Washington - - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers and Veteran volunteers from the Atlanta and San Antonio VA medical centers were part of a recently published study that yielded crucial insights into COVID-19 treatment.

    The study published Dec. 11, 2020, by the New England Journal of Medicine, showed the drugs baricitinib and remdesivir combined were far better at improving and reducing recovery time of COVID-19 patients than treatment with remdesivir alone. “Safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 are being rolled out in VA and other health care settings, but finding treatments remains crucial,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA researchers and all the Veterans who volunteer for studies are contributing to steady p
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    U.S. State Department Spokesperson says PRC Military Pressure Against Taiwan Threatens Regional Peace and Stability
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    U.S. State Department says PRC Military Pressure Against Taiwan Threatens Regional Peace and Stability | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: January 23, 2021)

    January 23, 2021
    Press Statement
    Ned Price, Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State The United States notes with concern the pattern of ongoing PRC attempts to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan. We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan’s democratically elected representatives. We will stand with friends and allies to advance our shared prosperity, security, and values in the Indo-Pacific region — and that includes deepening our ties with democratic Taiwan. The United States will continue to support a peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues, consistent with the wishes and best interests of the people on Taiwan. The United S
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    01-24-2021, 05:58 AM
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    U.S. Department of State addresses Protests in Russia
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    U.S. Department of State addresses Protests in Russia | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: January 23, 2021)

    January 23, 2021
    Press statement
    Ned Price, Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State


    The United States strongly condemns the use of harsh tactics against protesters and journalists this weekend in cities throughout Russia. Prior to today’s events, the Russian government sought to suppress the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression by harassing protest organizers, threatening social media platforms, and pre-emptively arresting potential participants. This follows years of tightening restrictions on and repressive actions against civil society, independent media, and the political opposition. Continued efforts to suppress Russians’ rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, the arrest of opposition figure Aleksey Navalny, and the crackdown on protests...
    01-24-2021, 05:11 AM
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    U.S. Department of State information On the Reinstatement of State Department Diversity Training
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    U.S. Department of State information On the Reinstatement of State Department Diversity Training | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: January 22, 2021)


    January 22, 2021
    Press statement
    Ned Price, Department Spokesperson


    On the Reinstatement of State Department Diversity Training


    Restoring and strengthening American diplomatic leadership globally requires leveraging the full talent and richness of American diversity. To achieve a diplomatic corps truly representative of America, more progress is needed to recruit and retain a more diverse Department workforce and embrace a culture of inclusion and accountability, free of bias. In furtherance of these goals, the Department of State has announced the full resumption of employee training and professional development activities in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Day One White H...
    01-23-2021, 04:00 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Energy Announces New Senior Leaders
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Energy Announces New Senior Leaders | site |



    Tarak Shah to Serve as Chief of Staff, David G. Huizenga to Serve as Acting Secretary



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Energy press release dated: January 21, 2021) Washington, D.C. - - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced new Biden-Harris Administration senior leadership appointees. These new leaders will direct policy at DOE, coordinate across the Administration, and enact President Joe Biden’s vision for bold action on the climate crisis and on safeguarding the Americans most affected by it. These experienced professionals reflect President Biden’s pledge to equip his Administration with a team that represents America’s diversity. Tarak Shah will serve as Chief of Staff, becoming the first person of color, first Indian-American, and first openly LGBTQ person to serve in that position at DOE. “These talented and diverse publi...
    01-23-2021, 03:43 AM
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    Veterans Affairs to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to caregivers of Veterans in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to caregivers of Veterans in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: January 22, 2021)

    Washington - - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities will begin offering COVID-19 testing and vaccinations to designated family caregivers of Veterans participating in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC). Each facility will determine its own start date based on site-specific resources, needs and vaccine availability. “Caregivers play a critical role in caring for some of our most vulnerable Veterans,” said VA Acting Under Secretary for Health Richard A. Stone, M.D. “One of the most important things we can do for caregivers is to help them take care of themselves. The current pandemic has am...
    01-23-2021, 03:22 AM

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