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  • U.S. Department of State says Global Magnitsky Sanctions on Individuals Involved in the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi

    U.S. Department of State says Global Magnitsky Sanctions imposed on Individuals Involved in the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi



    Washington, DC - - (November 15, 2018) - - Today, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo issued the following statement:

    Today, the United States imposed sanctions on seventeen Saudi Arabian individuals for serious human rights abuse resulting from their roles in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi at the Consulate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2. This action was taken under the authority of Executive Order 13818, which implements and builds upon the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. As a result of this action, all of these individuals’ assets within U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. At the time of Khashoggi’s killing, these individuals occupied positions in the Royal Court and several ministries and offices of the Government of Saudi Arabia.

    List of Sanctioned Individuals
    1. Saud al-Qahtani
    2. Maher Mutreb
    3. Salah Tubaigy
    4. Meshal Albostani
    5. Naif Alarifi
    6. Mohammed Alzahrani
    7. Mansour Abahussain
    8. Khalid Alotaibi
    9. Abdulaziz Alhawsawi
    10. Waleed Alsehri
    11. Thaar Alharbi
    12. Fahad Albalawi
    13. Badr Alotaibi
    14. Mustafa Almadani
    15. Saif Alqahtani
    16. Turki Alsehri
    17. Mohammed Alotaibi

    The Global Magnitsky Act empowers the United States to take significant steps to protect and promote human rights and combat corruption around the world.

    Our action today is an important step in responding to Khashoggi’s killing. The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts, consult Congress, and work with other nations to hold accountable those involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.




    Credit: U.S. Department of State
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs takes Key Step to Improve its Website to provide Veterans an Enhanced Digital Customer Experience

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs takes Key Step to Improve its Website to provide Veterans an Enhanced Digital Customer Experience


    Washington, DC - - (November 13, 2018) - - This week the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) took a key step in its digital modernization effort by revamping its website accessed by 10 million customers per month who use VA’s tools and content online.

    To improve this experience VA’s Veterans Experience Office and VA Digital Service gathered feedback from more than 5,000 Veterans, service members, their families, caregivers and survivors.

    Many customers said they were having a frustrating experience, encountering a complicated collection of websites, forms, logins and tools. Through feedback, VA learned that many of them struggled to find what they needed. By listening to Veterans and working across VA organizational boundaries, the new VA.gov website shifts from a “VA as an organization” to a “customer-first” platform.

    “Veterans, their families, caregivers and our many customers have successful online transactions in their day-to-day lives,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “They should expect the same exceptional digital experience when coming to VA. Our customers will receive a more simple and intuitive experience when accessing our online front door – the new VA.gov.”

    The new site contains homepage content that focuses on the top 20 tasks that 80 percent of VA’s customer’s need, the ability to login to receive a personalized experience and easy to understand plain language content. Logged in customers will find a dashboard summarizing the current status of services they receive from VA, whether those services are provided by the Veterans Health Administration – such as prescription refills or the Veterans Benefits Administration – such as claim status. Customers can also update their contact information in one location rather than visiting multiple VA websites or making multiple calls.

    VA is demonstrating that it is possible for Federal agencies to give the American people the online experience they expect and deserve. VA has been identified as the “co-lead” of the White House cross-agency priority goal on improving customer service.





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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Names Members to the National Watermelon Promotion Board

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Names Members to the National Watermelon Promotion Board


    Washington, DC - - (November 14, 2018) - - Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of sixteen members to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. The appointees will serve three-year terms from Jan. 1, 2019, to Dec. 31, 2021.

    Members appointed are:
    • Mr. Dalton Willis Borders, Edinburg, Texas
    • Mr. Cody Buckley, San Antonio, Texas
    • Ms. Jordan Carter, Cordele, Ga.
    • Mr. Richard Chastain, Alva, Fla.
    • Mr. John Gee, Temecula, Calif.
    • Mr. Jose F. Gomez Ph.D., El Paso, Texas
    • Mr. W. Rodney Jackson, Autryville, N.C.
    • Mr. Michael J. Marks, Capron, Va.
    • Mr. Rod Rosales, Kingsburg, Calif.
    • Mr. James Sharp, Sims, N.C.
    • Mr. Matt Solana, Louisburg, N.C.
    • Mr. Carlos Vickers, Nashville, Ga.
    • Mr. Darren K. Wiggins, Center, Texas
    Members re-appointed include:
    • Mr. Luke B. Brown, Center, Texas
    • Mr. Rob Greene, Arabi, Ga.
    • Mr. Jesse James Wiggins, Center, Texas
    “The 1,500 growers, shippers and importers of watermelon in the United States will be well served by these board members who will provide key direction to help the watermelon industry meet consumer demand,” Perdue said.

    The 41-member Board is composed of 14 producers, 14 handlers, 12 importers and one public member. One-third of the Board members are appointed each year.

    More information about the National Watermelon Promotion Board, including a roster of members, is available on AMS’ National Watermelon Promotion Board webpage and at the National Watermelon Promotion Board website.

    Since 1966, Congress has authorized 22 industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool their resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.




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  • Congress Passes Legislation Standing Up Cybersecurity Agency in Department of Homeland Security

    Congress Passes Legislation Standing Up Cybersecurity Agency in Department of Homeland Security



    Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) legislation passed


    (November 13, 2018) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published the following information:

    On November 13, the United States House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass legislation creating the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The CISA Act (H.R. 3359), which passed the Senate in October and now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law, would reorganize DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) into a new agency and prioritize its mission as the Federal leader for cyber and physical infrastructure security.

    “Today’s vote is a significant step to stand up a federal government cybersecurity agency,” said Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen. “The cyber threat landscape is constantly evolving, and we need to ensure we’re properly positioned to defend America’s infrastructure from threats digital and physical. It was time to reorganize and operationalize NPPD into the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. I thank Chairman Michael McCaul and Ranking Member Bennie Thompson for recognizing our critical role and both starting and completing this transformation in the House of Representatives. I also thank Chairman Ron Johnson and Ranking Member Claire McCaskill for their tireless support of the CISA Act in the Senate.”

    “I also want to thank all the hardworking men and women of NPPD for carrying out our important cybersecurity mission each day within DHS. CISA will help bring the recognition this team deserves and will empower the team to more effectively execute its vital mission.”

    “The CISA Act passing Congress represents real progress in the national effort to improve our collective efforts in cybersecurity,” said NPPD Under Secretary Christopher Krebs. “Elevating the cybersecurity mission within the Department of Homeland Security, streamlining our operations, and giving NPPD a name that reflects what it actually does will help better secure the nation’s critical infrastructure and cyber platforms. The changes will also improve the Department’s ability to engage with industry and government stakeholders and recruit top cybersecurity talent.”
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it is returning Medical Professionals currently serving Unions to serving Veterans

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it is returning Medical Professionals currently serving Unions to serving Veterans




    (November 8, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published (today) the following information:

    Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will be moving nearly 430 medical professionals from taxpayer-funded union work back to health care jobs serving Veterans.

    The move, which will improve VA’s ability to deliver health care to Veteran patients, will take effect Nov. 15 when VA repudiates certain provisions of master collective bargaining agreements VA accepted during the Obama administration with the following unions: American Federation of Government Employees, National Federation of Federal Employees, National Association of Government Employees and National Nurses United.

    VA has a separate employment system under title 38 of the U.S. Code for medical employees. The repudiation will apply to all of VA’s nearly 104,000 title 38 employees, eliminating all forms of taxpayer-funded union work for the following professions:
    • Physician
    • Dentist
    • Podiatrist
    • Chiropractor
    • Optometrist
    • Registered Nurse
    • Physician assistant
    • Expanded-Duty Dental Auxiliary
    “It’s common sense,” VA Acting Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration Jacquelyn Hayes-Byrd said. “Allowing health care workers to do taxpayer-funded union work instead of serving Veterans impacts patient care negatively. President Trump has made it clear – VA employees should always put Veterans first. And when we hire medical professionals to take care of Veterans, that’s what they should do at all times. No excuses, no exceptions.”

    As an example of the negative effect taxpayer-funded union time has on Veteran care, one VA registered nurse who was elected as a local union official receives 100 percent taxpayer funded union time. Although she no longer provides patient care, she continues to receive a nurse’s salary, which at VA averages more than $90,000 per year.

    Department-wide in fiscal year 2016, VA employees spent more than a million hours doing taxpayer-funded union work at a total cost of more than $49 million.

    VA is in the process of renegotiating several of VA’s national collective bargaining agreements to ensure official time allocations are putting Veterans first. The negotiations are guided by federal law that permits VA to set taxpayer-funded union work (also known as official time) amounts contractually that are reasonable, necessary and in the public interest.




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  • U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security Issue New Asylum Rule

    U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security Issue New Asylum Rule


    Applies President’s authority to suspend entry to asylum


    (November 8, 2018) - - Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen today announced an Interim Final Rule declaring that those aliens who contravene a presidential suspension or limitation on entry into the United States through the southern border with Mexico issued under section 212(f) or 215(a)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) will be rendered ineligible for asylum.

    The Acting Attorney General and the Secretary issued the following joint statement:

    “Consistent with our immigration laws, the President has the broad authority to suspend or restrict the entry of aliens into the United States if he determines it to be in the national interest to do so. Today's rule applies this important principle to aliens who violate such a suspension or restriction regarding the southern border imposed by the President by invoking an express authority provided by Congress to restrict eligibility for asylum. Our asylum system is overwhelmed with too many meritless asylum claims from aliens who place a tremendous burden on our resources, preventing us from being able to expeditiously grant asylum to those who truly deserve it. Today, we are using the authority granted to us by Congress to bar aliens who violate a Presidential suspension of entry or other restriction from asylum eligibility.”

    Section 212(f) of the Immigration and INA states that “[w]henever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

    Further, Section 215(a) of the INA states that it is “unlawful…for any alien to depart from or enter or attempt to depart from or enter the United States except under such reasonable rules, regulations, and orders, and subject to such limitations and exceptions as the President may prescribe.”

    In Section 208(d)(5)(B) of the INA, Congress specified that the Attorney General “may provide by regulation for any other conditions or limitations on the consideration of an application for asylum.”

    Today’s new rule applies to prospective presidential proclamations, and is not retroactive.

    Asylum is a discretionary form of relief granted by the Executive Branch on a discretionary basis to those fleeing persecution on the basis of their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. The rule does not render such aliens ineligible for withholding of removal under the INA or protection from removal under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

    The Interim Final Rule can be found here .



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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Recognizes Vietnam Veteran with first Medal of Honor Medallion during Ceremony at Mississippi Cemetery

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Recognizes Vietnam Veteran with first Medal of Honor Medallion during Ceremony at Mississippi Cemetery



    Washington, DC - - (November 2, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnished the first Medal of Honor (MOH) Medallion for the private headstone of Pfc. Milton L. Olive III, a decorated Vietnam-era war hero, during a ceremony Nov. 1 at West Grove Cemetery in Lexington, Mississippi.

    With the passage of Public Law 114-315 on Dec. 16, 2016, Congress authorized VA’s National Cemetery Administration (NCA) to issue, upon request, a medallion, headstone or marker signifying a Veteran as an MOH recipient who served on or after April 6, 1917, and is buried in a private cemetery with a private headstone or marker.

    VA Secretary Robert Wilkie saluted Olive for his selfless bravery during a battle in the Vietnam conflict.

    “Private First Class Olive was posthumously awarded a Medal of Honor for his service during the Vietnam War after he heroically used his body to cover a grenade to save the life of his fellow soldiers,” Wilkie said. “The Medal of Honor Medallion illustrates VA’s commitment to ensuring all who see this symbol will know of the courageous sacrifice of our nation’s distinguished service members.”

    For information on applying for the MOH Medallion, visit this link. Information on all types of VA headstones, markers and medallions can be found at this link

    VA operates 136 national cemeteries and 33 soldiers’ lots and monument sites in 40 states and Puerto Rico. More than 4 million Americans, including Veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA’s national cemeteries. VA also provides funding to establish, expand, improve and maintain 111 Veterans cemeteries in 48 states and territories including tribal trust lands, Guam, and Saipan. For Veterans not buried in a VA national cemetery, VA provides headstones, markers or medallions to commemorate their service.




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  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Celebrates National Family Caregivers Month

    U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Celebrates National Family Caregivers Month



    Washington, DC - - (November 1, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is commemorating National Family Caregivers Month this November by honoring the service of 5.5 million family members and friends who have dedicated their lives to providing much-needed care for chronically ill, injured or disabled Veterans.

    “Caregivers make tremendous sacrifices to address the daily needs of Veterans who served our nation,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “These mothers, wives, fathers, husbands and other loved ones deserve our recognition and support for all they do to care for Veterans.”

    Caregivers provide a valuable service to Veterans by assisting them beyond the walls of VA medical facilities with much-needed support, such as accessing the health care system, providing emotional and physical support and enabling many injured Veterans to stay in their homes, rather than living their lives in an institutional setting.

    The recent passage of the VA MISSION Act of 2018 will expand eligibility for VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers to Veterans of all eras of service — fulfilling President Trump’s commitment to help Veterans and their families live healthy and fulfilling lives.

    The expansion will occur in two phases, starting with eligible Veterans who incurred or aggravated a serious injury in the line of duty on or before May 7, 1975, with further expansion to follow.

    Currently, VA is developing an implementation plan for the MISSION Act and encourages all caregivers and Veterans to learn about the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, as well as the many additional resources already available to all caregivers by visiting http://www.caregiver.va.gov or by calling the Caregiver Support Line toll free at 855-260-3274.





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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Amends Regulations on VA Pension and other Needs-based Programs

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Amends Regulations on VA Pension and other Needs-based Programs


    Washington, DC - - (October 30, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently amended its regulations governing entitlements to VA pension and Parents’ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, which are need-based programs.

    “The amended regulations bring consistency to the pension process and ensure benefits are available for Veterans and survivors with financial need,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “They will help maintain the integrity of and provide clarity to our needs-based pension program.”

    VA’s pension program provides monthly benefit payments to eligible wartime Veterans and their survivors with financial need.

    The pension regulations, which were updated Oct. 18, cover the following:
    • Establish a clear net-worth limit for income and assets for Veterans to qualify for pension,
    • Establish a 36-month look-back period to review asset transfers at less than fair market value that reduce net worth and create pension entitlement,
    • Establish up to a five-year penalty period to be calculated based on the portion of the covered assets that would have made net worth excessive, and
    • Updates medical expense definitions for consistency with VA internal guidelines.

    The changes are intended to ensure VA only pays benefits to those Veterans with a genuine need.

    For more information on VA’s pension program, visit www.benefits.va.gov/PENSION/ .




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  • U.S. Department of Labor Launches New Public Service Announcement Highlighting Importance and Value of Employees with Disabilities

    U.S. Department of Labor Launches New Public Service Announcement Highlighting Importance and Value of Employees with Disabilities



    Washington, DC - - (October 29, 2018) - - As part of its annual commemoration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), the U.S. Department of Labor today launched a new public service announcement (PSA) that highlights the importance of helping workers who become ill or injured remain active in America's workforce.

    Featuring baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr., the PSA, entitled "Working Works," highlights four individuals sharing their own stories of working together with employers, healthcare professionals, and others to ensure that continued employment is part of the conversation early and often during the recovery process. Ripken appears with former Baltimore Orioles head athletic trainer, Richie Bancells, who supported Ripken's efforts to overcome injuries and set the Major League Baseball record of 2,632 consecutive games played.

    "National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a time to emphasize the importance of ensuring all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, can put their skills and talents to work," said Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy. "This public service announcement illustrates how the nation's job creators and workers who experience illness or injury can work together to empower America's workforce."

    Working Works is the fourth in a series of PSAs produced by the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE), a collaborative effort funded by the Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) among disability advocacy and business organizations to change attitudes about disability and employment. View the PSAs and learn more about the CDE.

    Each October, NDEAM celebrates employers who are committed to a workplace that welcomes qualified people with disabilities. Learn more about the 2018 NDEAM observance, including the event's official 2018 poster.




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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Joins Military Spouse Employment Partnership

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Joins Military Spouse Employment Partnership



    Washington, DC - - (October 29, 2018) - - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) announced it is advancing employment opportunities for military spouses by joining the Department of Defense (DOD) Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP).

    MSEP is a career program connecting military spouses with more than 390 affiliated employers who have committed to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses in portable careers.

    “By developing skills, knowledge, and abilities that can be used in high-demand industry sectors, military spouses – especially those who face frequent relocations – can achieve employment continuity and increased opportunities for upward career mobility,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “BVA is committed to delivering better services to Veterans and their families, and we understand that military spouses offer unique perspectives that can help us deliver on our promise to care for Veterans.”

    The Board’s mission is to conduct hearings and decide appeals properly and in a timely manner.

    The MSEP is part of the DOD’s broader Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program, which seeks to reduce the 23 percent unemployment rate experienced by military spouses and 25 percent wage gap experienced by military wives. SECO provides education and career guidance to military spouses worldwide and offers free, comprehensive resources and tools related to career exploration; education; training and licensing; employment readiness; and career connections. SECO also offers free career-coaching services six days a week.

    To learn more about SECO, visit Military OneSource or call 800-342-9647 to speak to a SECO career coach.

    For more information on the MSEP and the 350,327 active job postings for military spouses, visit https://msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil .




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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces the Official Opening of the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces the Official Opening of the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center



    (October 30, 2018) - - On Monday, October 29, the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Eric Hargan, announced the official dedication of the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) at an official opening ceremony in the Hubert H. Humphrey building. As part of October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and in coordination with the Administration’s rollout of the National Cyber Strategy, the opening underscores HHS’ commitment to support and improve the health sector’s cybersecurity defenses.

    “HHS is proud to work with the health community to better protect Americans’ health data and confidential information,” Deputy Secretary Hargan said. “Today’s announcement is a recognition of the importance we place on stakeholder engagement as part of our cybersecurity work.”




    (Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)



    The U.S. Government recognizes the importance of protecting America against cyber attacks, reaffirming in the most recent National Cyber Strategy that protecting American information networks is vital to protecting the American way of life. The Administration has designated the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the lead organization to combat these threats and develop preventive strategies across the entire economy, with HHS given the role to focus cybersecurity support on information sharing within the healthcare and public health (HPH) sector.

    “We believe that when a risk is shared across sectors, the only way to manage that risk successfully is to manage it collectively,” said Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications in DHS. “We know that the majority of the cybersecurity attacks that occurred over the past year could have been prevented with quality and timely information - and the heightened importance of sharing information cannot be stressed enough. The HC3 is a vital capability for the early detection and coordination of information between the private sector and the federal government, and with cyber professionals across the federal government.”

    This mission is now more important than ever with the healthcare sector reporting over 400 major breaches from 2017 to 2018. Within the HPH sector, the threats are significant and hackers covet having the potential to access sensitive medical data, damage medical equipment, secure intellectual property for financial gain, or even conduct terrorist attacks. The HC3 provides a service to healthcare organizations that enables them to protect their assets and patients.

    To address these threats to the sector, HHS has developed a “coordination center” in the HC3 to coordinate the activities across the sector and report to DHS threats, profiles, and preventive strategies. The HC3’s role is to work with the sector, including practitioners, organizations, and cybersecurity information sharing organizations to understand the threats it faces, learn the bad guys’ patterns and trends, and provide information and approaches on how the sector can better defend itself.

    The official opening ceremony comes after extensive stakeholder consultation collaborating with partners that are all working together to defend the health sector’s information technology infrastructure and to strengthen coordination of information sharing.

    The Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) is an operational cybersecurity center designed to support and improve the cyber defense of the healthcare and public health sector. HC3 strengthens coordination and information sharing within the sector and cultivates cybersecurity resilience by providing timely and actionable cybersecurity intelligence to health organizations and developing strategic partnerships between these organizations.



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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury Announces Marketable Borrowing Estimates

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Announces Marketable Borrowing Estimates




    Washington, DC - - (October 29, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced its current estimates of privately-held net marketable borrowing[1] for the October – December 2018 and January – March 2019 quarters:

    During the October – December 2018 quarter, Treasury expects to borrow $425 billion in privately-held net marketable debt, assuming an end-of-December cash balance of $410 billion. The borrowing estimate is $15 billion lower than announced in July 2018. The decrease in borrowing is driven primarily by changes in cash balance assumptions.[2]
    • During the January – March 2019 quarter, Treasury expects to borrow $356 billion in privately-held net marketable debt, assuming an end-of-March cash balance of $320 billion.
    • During the July – September 2018 quarter, Treasury borrowed $353 billion in privately-held net marketable debt and ended the quarter with a cash balance of $385 billion. In July 2018, Treasury estimated privately-held net marketable borrowing of $329 billion and assumed an end-of-September cash balance of $350 billion.2 The increase in borrowing resulted from the higher end-of-quarter cash balance partially offset by higher net cash flows.

    Additional financing details relating to Treasury’s Quarterly Refunding will be released at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury indicated that Source and Use Tables may be viewed HERE



    Note: The report included explanatory information not published above.


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  • U.S. Department of Justice Releases Update on Hate Crimes Prosecutions and Announces Launch of New Hate Crimes Website

    U.S. Department of Justice Releases Update on Hate Crimes Prosecutions and Announces Launch of New Hate Crimes Website




    The Department Announced the Launch of a New Hate Crimes Website https://www.justice.gov/hatecrimes



    (October 29, 2018) - - Today, the United States Department of Justice published the following information:

    The Department today released an update on hate crimes and announced the launch of a new comprehensive hate crimes website designed to provide a centralized portal for the Department’s hate crimes resources for law enforcement, media, researchers, victims, advocacy groups, and other related organizations and individuals. The resources include training materials, technical assistance, videos, research reports, statistics, and other helpful information from all of the Department components working on hate crimes.

    In recent years, the Department has ramped up its hate crimes prosecution program and increased training of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers to ensure that hate crimes are identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent possible. The Department of Justice Law Enforcement Roundtable on Improving the Identification and Reporting of Hate Crimes being conducted today and tomorrow through the Department’s Hate Crimes Enforcement and Prevention Initiative is an example of ongoing efforts to spur communication and cohesion among those in the field working on hate crimes.

    Over the past 10 years, the Department of Justice has charged more than 300 defendants with hate crimes offenses, including 50 defendants in FY 2017 and 2018. In FY 2018, the Department charged 27 defendants in 22 cases, and obtained 30 convictions. Since January 2017, the Department has indicted 50 defendants involved in committing hate crimes and secured convictions of 51 defendants for hate crimes incidents.

    At today’s roundtable, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced additional new efforts to assist in combatting hate crimes, including an $840,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) for a new research study on hate crimes data collection, and the extension of technical assistance resources relating to hate crimes through the Department’s Collaborative Reform Initiative. The website, the roundtable, the NIJ grant, and the Collaborative Reform resources are just some of the Department’s efforts that reflect discussions with law enforcement, advocates, faith leaders, and community members at the Department’s Hate Crimes Summit and National Summit on Crime Reduction and Public Safety in June 2017.

    “Individuals should be able to live their lives free from the threat of violence and discrimination, no matter who they are, what they believe, or how they worship,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore. “I am proud of the work that the Civil Rights Division and our partners in the U.S. Attorneys’ offices have accomplished working with the FBI and our state and local law enforcement partners. We will continue to prioritize our work bringing perpetrators of hate crimes to justice throughout the country.”

    Recent Department work on hate crimes prosecutions:
    • On Saturday, within hours of the shooting at the Tree of Life Jewish Synagogue, the Department filed hate crime and other charges against the defendant Robert Bowers. The criminal complaint charges Bowers with 29 counts setting forth federal crimes of violence and firearms offenses. The crimes of violence are based upon the federal civil rights laws prohibiting hate crimes.
    • This month, a Texas man was sentenced to almost 25 years in prison for a hate crime relating to the 2017 burning of a mosque in Victoria, Texas. A jury found him guilty on July 16 for a hate crime in the burning of the Victoria Islamic Center (the mosque) on Jan. 28, 2017, and for the use of fire to commit a federal felony.
    • In September, a Florida man was sentenced to four years in prison, three years’ supervised release, and $1,800 in restitution for obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs by threatening, in a phone message, to detonate a bomb at a mosque in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
    • In August, a Kansas man who shot three men at a bar in Olathe was sentenced to life in prison without parole. The defendant killed one victim, and attempted to kill a second victim, because of their actual or perceived race, color, religion, or national origin. The defendant fired his weapon at a third man who had chased the defendant after the attack. Earlier this year, the defendant plead guilty to hate crimes, firearms, attempted murder, and murder charges. According to the agreement he signed when he plead guilty, the defendant went up to the victims in a bar, demanded to know how they came into the United States, and called one victim a “terrorist.”
    • In June, an Ohio man was charged with federal hate crimes including a hate crime act that resulted in the death of Heather Heyer, for his actions during the Aug. 12, 2017 “Unite the Right Rally” in Charlottesville.

    The Department continues to conduct training and outreach programs in order to work with the network of U.S. Attorney’s Offices, local communities and organizations, and law enforcement to find, identify, investigate, and prosecute hate crimes cases all over the country. These programs include state and local law enforcement trainings, roundtable and panel discussions, stakeholder telephone conferences, and hate crime summits.

    More information about the Department’s hate crimes efforts, along with a searchable collection of the Department’s resources for law enforcement, community groups, researchers and others, are available on the new webpage, www.justice.gov/hatecrimes.




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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture says Assistance is Available through NRCS for Ag Land Damaged by Hurricane Michael

    U.S. Department of Agriculture says Assistance is Available through NRCS for Ag Land Damaged by Hurricane Michael



    Gainesville, FL - - (October 26, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says that Florida farmers and ranchers who suffered damage to working lands and livestock mortality due to Hurricane Michael are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

    Agricultural producers in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla and Washington counties are eligible to apply for assistance. The first sign-up period ends Nov. 16, 2018. A second sign-up period will end Dec. 14, 2018. This assistance is available to individual farmers and ranchers to aid in recovery efforts on their properties and does not apply to local governments or other entities.

    Conservation practices available through EQIP can protect your land from erosion, support disaster recovery and repair, and can help mitigate loss from exceptional storm events in the future. Farmers and ranchers seeking financial and technical assistance through EQIP should visit their local NRCS office to sign up. Bonifay, Marianna and Quincy field offices are open to serve producers in Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf and Liberty counties until Blountstown Field Office is repaired.

    For more information on NRCS and the EQIP program, visit the Florida NRCS website. For more information on disaster assistance programs for farmers and ranchers, visit farmers.gov/recover.



    Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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