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  • U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 24, 2021)

    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today. Secretary Blinken and Secretary General Stoltenberg shared their views on the August 20 NATO Foreign Ministerial and discussed the situation in Afghanistan. They welcomed Allies’ expression of unity and emphasis on close consultation at the Foreign Ministerial, as well as their offers to help Afghans in need. The Secretary and Secretary General discussed NATO’s efforts to ensure the safe and orderly evacuation of Allied personnel and our Afghan partners. They stressed that close coordination with our Allies and partners is essential in this und
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 19, 2021)


    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today. Secretary Blinken and Secretary General Stoltenberg look forward to a virtual meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers on Friday, August 20. The meeting will bring Allies together to discuss developments in Afghanistan and NATO’s efforts to ensure the safe and orderly evacuation of Allied personnel and our Afghan partners. The Secretary and the Secretary General stressed that close coordination with our Allies and partners is essential in this undertaking as well as to plan for NATO’s path forward on engaging on Afghanistan.
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  • Federal Election Commission announces appointment of Charles Kitcher as Associate General Counsel

    Federal Election Commission announces appointment of Charles Kitcher as Associate General Counsel | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Election Commission [FEC] press release dated: July 15, 2021) Washington - - The Federal Election Commission has appointed Charles Kitcher as Associate General Counsel. Mr. Kitcher, whose appointment becomes effective July 18, oversees the Enforcement Division, which is the largest division of the Office of General Counsel. The 45-person Enforcement Division recommends to the Commission appropriate action to take with respect to administrative complaints and apparent violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), investigates alleged violations, and negotiates conciliation agreements. Mr. Kitcher joined the Commission in December 2012 as a staff attorney in the Litigation Division. In August 2017, he was promoted to Acting Assistant General Counsel for Litigation and served in that role...
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  • Damon Smith Sworn in as General Counsel of Housing and Urban Development

    Damon Smith Sworn in as General Counsel of Housing and Urban Development

    Damon Smith Sworn in as General Counsel of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] press release dated: August 12, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, Damon Smith was officially sworn in as General Counsel of Housing and Urban Development.

    HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman issued the oath of office to General Counsel Smith during a ceremony at HUD’s headquarters. General Counsel Smith was confirmed by the Senate by unanimous consent on August 11.

    (Courtesy: HUD)

    General Counsel Smith most recently served as a Senior Advisor to HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. Before joining HUD in 2021 as Principal Deputy General Counsel, General Counsel Smith served as Senior Director of Advocacy and Counsel at the Credit Union...
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  • Press briefing on Afghanistan by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

    Press briefing on Afghanistan by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

    Press briefing on Afghanistan by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg | site |




    (Information contained in North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] press release dated: August 17, 2021)


    Press briefing on Afghanistan by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg



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    Good afternoon. The North Atlantic Council has met to discuss Afghanistan. The situation is extremely seri...
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  • NATO Secretary General to hold Online Briefing on Situation in Afghanistan

    NATO Secretary General to hold Online Briefing on Situation in Afghanistan | site |


    (Information contained in North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] press notice dated: August 16, 2021)

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has announced that at 15:00 (CEST) on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 its Secretary General will hold an online briefing on the situation in Afghanistan.
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  • NATO Secretary General statement on Afghanistan

    NATO Secretary General statement on Afghanistan

    NATO Secretary General statement on Afghanistan | site |




    (Information contained in North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] press release dated: August 13, 2021)



    NATO Secretary General statement on Afghanistan

    NATO Allies met in the North Atlantic Council today to consult on the situation in Afghanistan. We continue to assess the developments on the ground, and we are in constant contact with the Afghan authorities and the rest of the international community.

    Our aim remains to support the Afghan government and security forces as much as possible. The security of our personnel is paramount. NATO will maintain our diplomatic presence in Kabul, and













    (Courtesy: NATO)
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  • Renee Jones to Join SEC as Director of Corporation Finance; John Coates Named SEC General Counsel

    Renee Jones to Join SEC as Director of Corporation Finance; John Coates Named SEC General Counsel | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: June 14, 2021)

    Washington D.C., June 14, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Renee Jones has been appointed Director of the Division of Corporation Finance. John Coates, the Division’s current Acting Director, has been named SEC General Counsel. Both appointments are effective June 21, 2021.



    Renee Jones

    Jones most recently served as Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Boston College Law School, where she taught courses in corporations, securities regulation, startup company governance, and financial regulation. Previously, she represented private and public companies on corporate and securities matters at Hill & Barlow law firm. Jones is a member of the...
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  • GSA Launches Updated Regulations.gov to Improve the Integrity of Public Commenting

    U.S. General Services Administration launches Updated Regulations.gov to Improve the Integrity of Public Commenting | site |



    Site enhancements maximize operability and speed, supporting a consistent, high-quality user experience


    (Information contained in U.S. General Services Administration [GSA] press release dated: February 17, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. General Services Administration today announced a new version of Regulations.gov launching February 18, 2021. Regulations.gov is a federal shared service that provides the public with one-stop access to regulatory and deregulatory actions for over 200 federal agencies, including the ability to electronically submit comments. “GSA’s goal is to make it easier for the public to participate in the regulatory process,” said Office of Government-wide Policy Associate Administrator Krystal Brumfield. “The new Regulations.gov re-envisions the public site, with
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  • Social Security and OIG Hold Second Annual - - - Slam the Scam - - - Day

    Social Security and OIG Hold Second Annual - - - Slam the Scam - - - Day

    Social Security and Office of the Inspector General Hold Second Annual ‘Slam the Scam’ Day | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Social Security Administration press release dated: March 4, 2021) The Social Security Administration and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have once again joined forces to raise public awareness about Social Security imposter scams during the second annual ‘Slam the Scam’ Day on March 4. Social Security scams - in which fraudsters mislead victims into making cash or gift card payments to fix purported Social Security number problems or to avoid arrest - are the #1 type of government imposter fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission and Social Security. The agency has made concerted efforts to address this issue, including partnering with other Federal and State agencies to identify and pursue scammers, increasing employee and public outreach and education, raising awareness through marketing in post off...
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  • GSA Names Key Positions in Leadership Roster Bringing in Congressional, State, and Local Government Experience

    U.S. General Services Administration Names Key Positions in Leadership Roster Bringing in Congressional, State, and Local Government Experience | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. General Services Administration [GSA] press release dated: February 16, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced the appointments of four key roles. These new appointees are:
    • Exodie Roe III, Associate Administrator, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
    • Roberto Rosas, Policy Advisor, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
    • Venecia Fernandez, Policy Advisor, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
    • LeJamiel Goodall, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Administrator
    • Laila ElGohary, White House Liaison
    “We are thrilled to have Exodie Roe III on board. His team will partner with the Federal Acquisition Service and the Public Buildings Service to broaden diversity, equity,...
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture extends General Signup for Conservation Reserve Program

    U.S. Department of Agriculture extends General Signup for Conservation Reserve Program | site |



    Biden Administration Considers Changes to Bolster Effectiveness of Program and Recommits to Making CRP a Cornerstone of Conservation Programming


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: February 5, 2021)

    Washington, Feb. 5, 2021 - - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General Signup period, which had previously been announced as ending on Feb. 12, 2021. USDA will continue to accept offers as it takes this opportunity for the incoming Administration to evaluate ways to increase enrollment. Under the previous Administration, incentives and rental payment rates were reduced resulting in an enrollment shortfall of over 4 million acres. The program, administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides annual rental payments...
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson press release dated: January 27, 2021)


    U.S. Department of State source: Spokesperson Ned Price



    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to underscore the Biden Administration’s determination to strengthen and reinvigorate the Transatlantic Alliance. Secretary Blinken and the Secretary General also discussed the NATO 2030 report, which provides a solid foundation for NATO’s adaption to new strategic realities. In addition, they agreed to begin talks to schedule a NATO Summit/Leaders’ Meeting in the first half of 2021....
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  • Statement - - - U.S. Surgeon General Calls for COVID-19 Survivors to Donate Plasma

    Statement: U.S. Surgeon General Calls for COVID-19 Survivors to Donate Plasma | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release: December 21, 2020)



    Statement: U.S. Surgeon General Calls for COVID-19 Survivors to Donate Plasma


    Surgeon General VADM Jerome Adams is calling on Americans who have recovered from COVID-19 to consider donating COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP). A CCP donation may benefit people who are newly diagnosed with COVID-19, and gives frontline health care workers an important tool in treating patients. More than 250,000 courses of CCP have been administered to Americans to help prevent severe consequences from COVID-19, yet, health care professionals urgently need a steady, reliable supply of plasma. “If you are among the millions of Americans who have had COVID-19, you may have a precious resource that can help save other lives. Plasma dona...
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  • State Department Inspector General: No Violations of Law, Rules or Policy; No Misuse of Taxpayer Resources

    State Department Inspector General: No Violations of Law, Rules or Policy; No Misuse of Taxpayer Resources | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson press release media note: December 10, 2020)

    Secretary and Mrs. Pompeo fully vindicated from baseless claims reported as fact by Democrats and Media

    The State Department’s Office of Inspector General released its report to Congress today on the representational travel by the spouse of the Secretary of State. The report alleges that the OIG “received a whistleblower complaint related to travel by the spouse of the Secretary of State.”

    ALL ACTIONS LEGAL AND JUSTIFIED

    After a nearly year-long investigation by the OIG interviewing dozens of employees and reviewing thousands of pages of documents, the report cleared the Secretary, his family, and his entire team, finding:
    • There was no violation of any law or
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 24, 2021)

    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today. Secretary Blinken and Secretary General Stoltenberg shared their views on the August 20 NATO Foreign Ministerial and discussed the situation in Afghanistan. They welcomed Allies’ expression of unity and emphasis on close consultation at the Foreign Ministerial, as well as their offers to help Afghans in need. The Secretary and Secretary General discussed NATO’s efforts to ensure the safe and orderly evacuation of Allied personnel and our Afghan partners. They stressed that close coordination with our Allies and partners is essential in this und
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    08-25-2021, 06:49 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 19, 2021)


    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today. Secretary Blinken and Secretary General Stoltenberg look forward to a virtual meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers on Friday, August 20. The meeting will bring Allies together to discuss developments in Afghanistan and NATO’s efforts to ensure the safe and orderly evacuation of Allied personnel and our Afghan partners. The Secretary and the Secretary General stressed that close coordination with our Allies and partners is essential in this undertaking as well as to plan for NATO’s path forward on engaging on Afghanistan.
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    08-20-2021, 04:00 AM
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    Federal Election Commission announces appointment of Charles Kitcher as Associate General Counsel
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    Federal Election Commission announces appointment of Charles Kitcher as Associate General Counsel | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Election Commission [FEC] press release dated: July 15, 2021) Washington - - The Federal Election Commission has appointed Charles Kitcher as Associate General Counsel. Mr. Kitcher, whose appointment becomes effective July 18, oversees the Enforcement Division, which is the largest division of the Office of General Counsel. The 45-person Enforcement Division recommends to the Commission appropriate action to take with respect to administrative complaints and apparent violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), investigates alleged violations, and negotiates conciliation agreements. Mr. Kitcher joined the Commission in December 2012 as a staff attorney in the Litigation Division. In August 2017, he was promoted to Acting Assistant General Counsel for Litigation and served in that role...
    08-20-2021, 01:51 AM
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    Damon Smith Sworn in as General Counsel of Housing and Urban Development
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    Damon Smith Sworn in as General Counsel of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] press release dated: August 12, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, Damon Smith was officially sworn in as General Counsel of Housing and Urban Development.

    HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman issued the oath of office to General Counsel Smith during a ceremony at HUD’s headquarters. General Counsel Smith was confirmed by the Senate by unanimous consent on August 11.

    (Courtesy: HUD)

    General Counsel Smith most recently served as a Senior Advisor to HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. Before joining HUD in 2021 as Principal Deputy General Counsel, General Counsel Smith served as Senior Director of Advocacy and Counsel at the Credit Union...
    08-18-2021, 07:55 PM
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    Press briefing on Afghanistan by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
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    Press briefing on Afghanistan by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg | site |




    (Information contained in North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] press release dated: August 17, 2021)


    Press briefing on Afghanistan by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg



    Audio


    Direct Link



    (transcript)

    Good afternoon. The North Atlantic Council has met to discuss Afghanistan. The situation is extremely seri...
    08-17-2021, 10:23 PM

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